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Wednesday February 24, 2010

Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda prepares to testify to Congress on Toyota recalls. (AP)

Toyota CEO Before Congress

Akio Toyoda, the CEO of Toyota, today apologizes for missteps his company made in dealing with safety concerns in Toyota automobiles. Toyoda, known as “the prince” in Japan, is the grandson of Toyota’s founder. He is expected to admit that the company became more interested in sales than safety. Paul Eisenstein, publisher of, is our guest.

Health Care Check-Up

On the eve of President Obama’s health care summit with Democrats and Republicans in Congress, we take a close look at the details of the plans under discussion with New York Times “Economic Scene” columnist David Leonhardt.

Wyoming Considers A “Cowboy Code”

A proposal to turn the cowboy code into an ethics law is galloping through the Wyoming legislature. It’s based not only on ‘Wild West’ ethics, but also on a book by a Wall Street investor. So we’re turning to a business professor for his perspective. Brent Hathaway is Dean of the College of Business at the University of Wyoming in Laramie; he helped produce a short film about the cowboy code.

The Cowboy Code:
1. Live each day with courage
2. Take pride in your work
3. Always finish what you start
4. Do what has to be done
5. Be tough, but fair
6. When you make a promise, keep it
7. Ride for the brand
8. Talk less, say more
9. Remember that some things are not for sale
10. Know where to draw the line

Rebuilding in Haiti

A drawing of a rural Haitian village compound to be built with Andres Duany's "basic" cabin concept (DPZ)

Hurricane season is approaching in Haiti. So how do you build homes that can withstand a major hurricane and an earthquake? Miami-based architect and urban planner Andres Duany has some thoughts. Duany is a principal with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company. Today, he, former NBA player Alonzo Mourning, and InnoVida Holdings LLC of Miami, are announcing plans for rebuilding homes in Haiti.

Good Greens and Long Fairways

The road to recovery has been tough for countries devastated by the 2004 tsunami. But the Indonesian province of Aceh has made a big step in its return to prosperity with the reopening of the Seulewah Golf Course. Chad Bouchard’s reports.

Music From The Show

  • Kar-Kar Madison, “Boubacar Traore”
  • Art Blakey, “C.O.R.E.”
  • Gene Autry, “Back in the Saddle”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • Paul Simon, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”

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

Robin and Jeremy

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

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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.