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Friday January 29, 2010

Tony Blair Testifies about Run-up to Iraq War

In British government hearings investigating the Iraq war, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair today denied striking a covert deal with U.S. President George Bush to invade Iraq, one year before the war began. We speak with the BBC’s Rob Watson, who is at the Chilcot inquiry in London, where protestors have been gathering in the streets decrying Blair as a war criminal.

What Could Work in Afghanistan?

A moderate strategy, argues our guest Rory Stewart, is what’s needed in Afghanistan, along with patience and perseverance. Stewart is opposed to the surge, but thinks President Obama did the right thing by declining to speak of modest goals, containing the Taliban, not defeating it. Still, Stewart worries that announcing a withdrawal date will be fatal even to a limited goal. So how to move forward? Rory Stewart heads the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Stewart walked across Afghanistan and wrote about it in “The Places in Between.” He’s also author of “The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq”

Schools Move Recess — Before Lunch

Remember when you were in elementary school and rushed to eat lunch to run out to recess? More and more schools in the U.S. are scheduling recess before lunch, with an eye to health and increased focus.. We speak with Sarah Hartley, principal of North Ranch Elementary in Scottsdale, Arizona..  Her school switched to a schedule with lunch following recess and she says the change has resulted in fewer visits to the school nurse and more attentive children in the classroom.

Massachusetts School Connects with Haiti through Book Exchange

Matenwa 1st and 2nd graders in Haiti with 'Mother Tongue Books' from Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge.

Matenwa 1st and 2nd graders in Haiti with 'Mother Tongue Books' from Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge.

Here & Now’s George Hicks visits the Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge, Mass., which has a sister school in Haiti. In the “Mother Tongue Books” project, students at each school write books which are translated and exchanged. We’ll find out how these schools have connected before and after the earthquake.

John Singer Sargent and the Painting that Made His Reputation

When John Singer Sargent painted “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit” in 1882, it drew a great deal of critical attention and still provokes emotional responses today. We take a closer look at the work, which hangs in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, with Erica Hirshler the author of “Sargent’s Daughters: The Biography of a Painting.”

Music from the Show

  • Modest Mouse, “The Cold Part”
  • Mike Mills, “Air”
  • Couch, “Camaro”
  • Cesar Franck, “Violincello Sonata in A Major:  Allegro ben moderato,” performed by Daniel Barenboim and Jacqueline Du Pre

Experts share a range of perspectives on how to combat the Islamic State militant group, and the role the U.S. should play.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

November 25 3 Comments

Rapper Le1f Finds Struggle And Moral Diversity In American Music

We've been asking musicians what they think of when they think "American music." Today we hear from Khalif Diouf, aka Le1f.

November 24 7 Comments

Ferguson: One Year Later

City council member Wesley Bell looks back on the past year since protests and violence swept the Missouri city.

November 24 3 Comments

Sam Sifton’s Tips For A Happy, Delicious Thanksgiving For All

The New York Times' food editor talks about his favorite dishes and how to accommodate everyone without going crazy.

November 23 3 Comments

James Taylor Is ‘Gobsmacked’ By Medal Of Freedom Honor

The five-time Grammy winner looks back on his career, ahead of receiving the country's highest civilian honor.