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Monday February 15, 2010

U.S. Troops Facing Resistance In Marja

There are reports of multiple gun battles and sniper fire on U.S. troops as they press forward into the Taliban stronghold of Marja in southern Afghanistan. We have the latest from Rod Nordland, New York Times Correspondent in Afghanistan.

To Help Haiti, Expert Says Let Haitians Leave

The conversation about how to help Hait continues: our guest Michael Clemens says the most inexpensive and effective way to help Haitians would be to let them leave the country. Clemens is research fellow at the Center for Global Development.

Is The Solution To Haiti’s Housing Woes Fiberglass?

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The Mississippi-based company Durasip is proposing small fiberglass houses as a solution to the housing crisis in Haiti. The company makes 16′ x 20′ homes that can be built in a day by two people. We speak with John Pardue, Durasip’s sales and marketing director.

Winter Olympics Update

We get an update from Vancouver with Boston Globe sports reporter Shira Springer.

John McCain Is Feeling The Heat

The Tea Party is injecting some excitement into a U.S. Senate contest in Arizona. After almost three decades in the seat, Senator John McCain is now facing his most serious challenge yet. Former Congressman-turned talk radio host J. D. Hayworth is officially stepping into the Republican Primary race today. We talk about what’s at stake with Dan Nowicki, national political reporter for The Arizona Republic.  We also speak with J.D. Hayworth, from his campaign office in Scottsdale Arizona.

Smelt Fishing In America

Ice fishing is a popular winter tradition, and at this time of the season the prize catch is a small, but tasty fish called a smelt. Here and Now’s resident chef Kathy Gunst discovered the joys of smelt fishing, and dining, during a recent ice fishing expedition on the Cathance River in Bowdoinham, Maine.

Music From The Show

  • Dntel, “Last Songs”
  • Charles Mingus, “Pedal Point Blues”
  • Peter Dixon, “Nagog Woods”
  • Christian McBride, “Theme for Kareem”
  • Rodrigo and Gabriela, “Logos”

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.

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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.

November 23 28 Comments

How To Travel While Black During Jim Crow

A postal worker created a guide for black travelers that was published almost every year from 1936 to 1966.