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Monday December 14, 2009

Obama vs. Wall Street

President Barack Obama meets with members of the financial industry in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec.  15, 2009, to discuss the economic recovery. From left are, JPMorgan Chase Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon; PNC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Rohr; Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and the president. (AP)

President Barack Obama meets with members of the financial industry in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. From left are, JPMorgan Chase Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon; PNC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Rohr; Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and the president. (AP)

President Obama met with Wall Street’s top bankers to discuss industry reform today. The President’s wish list includes getting banks to increase small business lending, rein in executive pay, and get on board with tighter industry regulations. We speak with Washington Post’s Binyamin Appelbaum.

Negotiating Peace in Iraq

Padraig O’Malley is a professor of peace and mediation at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and he uses that expertise to bring people from divided societies together. He’s done it in Northern Ireland and also South Africa and now he’s doing it in Iraq. His latest effort is focused on Kirkuk in northern Iraq. It’s a city split by ethnic tensions, although the various sides have agreed to keep talking. Professor O’Malley is our guest.

Watching ‘Invictus’ from South Africa

1214invictusThe new Clint Eastwood film tells a true story from South Africa. Morgan Freeman stars as South African President Nelson Mandela, who used rugby to unite his divided post-apartheid country during the 1995 World Cup. Matt Damon plays the captain of that team. The BBC’s Karen Allen went to the film’s premiere in Johannesburg.

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Privacy and Texting at Work

The Supreme Court announced today it will review a federal appeals court ruling that found employees of an Ontario, California police department have a constitutional right to privacy in the electronic messages sent at work on a device provided by their employer. Slate Magazine legal affairs editor Emily Bazelon joins us to explain what’s at stake in the case.

A Cappella Raises its Voice

A cappella singing has experienced an explosion of popularity, with hundreds of college groups, videos on YouTube, and starting tonight, a new reality show. On NBC’s “The Sing-Off“, eight a cappella groups vie for America’s votes and a recording contract. We speak to executive producer Sam Weisman about why he loves a cappella music.

Other groups Sam Weisman recommends:

Music from the show

  • Air, “Mike Mills”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Paul Simon, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
  • The Lickets, “Meat City”
  • Fred Hirsch, “Desafinado”
  • The Wee Trio, “About a Girl”
  • Queen and David Bowie “Pressure” performed by the a cappella groups of the show “The Sing-Off”
  • Journey “Don’t Stop Believing” performed by 4:2:Five
  • Ben Folds “Brick” performed by The Ohio University Leading Tones
  • Ned Washington and Leah Harline “When You Wish Upon a Star” performed by Maxx Factor
  • Dead or Alive “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” performed by the Tufts Beezlebubs
  • Ben Folds “Jesusland” performed by The University of North Carolina’s Loreleis
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