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Monday March 22, 2010

President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, makes a statement to the nation Sunday night following the final vote on health care reform in the House of Representatives (AP)

More Challenges Ahead On Health Care Reform

It was a raucous, sometimes ugly legislative battle, but late last night the House of Representatives succeeded in passing the Senate’s health care reform bill by a margin of 219 to 212 votes. The House also passed a bill of fixes, which the Senate will now vote on, and Republicans have vowed to delay and derail that bill using every parliamentary device at their disposal. Gail Chaddock, congressional correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor lays out the road ahead.

Tales From The Dark Side Of Post-Soviet Russia

In 1997, Mark Ames founded The Exile, an English language newspaper that took on the establishment of post-Soviet Russia in ways no other journalism dared. After the fall of communism, a series of political and economic reforms sent Russian society into a tailspin, but nobody was writing about it… except The Exile. Mark Ames and partner Matt Taibbi went native, immersing themselves into the culture and sub-culture to get the truth — a truth that they say was ignored by the mainstream press. We speak with Mark Ames, as well as James Verini, who writes about the rise and fall of The Exile in the current issue of Vanity Fair.

Purple People Movement Draws Crowds In Italy

Purple People demonstrators in Rome last year carry a banner demanding the resignation of Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi (AP)

A new political movement is drawing tens of thousands of people into the streets of Italy to oppose Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Purple People movement members wear something purple to their rallies, where they denounce Berlusconi’s personal scandals and his attempts to evade justice. The BBC’s Duncan Kennedy reports from Rome.

Islamic Terrorism: One Expert Says It’s A Fad

Jessica Stern lectures on public policy at Harvard Law School; she also serves on the Hoover Institute task force on national security and law, and she wrote the book “Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill.” She discusses the cases of two American women who have been implicated in terrorism cases, and she tells us that she believes Islamic terrorism is a fad that Americans won’t be discussing in a few decades.

Gilbert Grape Author Reaches The Heights

We speak with Peter Hedges about his new novel “The Heights.” It’s the story of a happily married couple living in Brooklyn Heights; their marriage is tested when a wealthy couple moves into the neighborhood. Hedges’ adaptation of first novel “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” was nominated for an Oscar; he’s also the writer-director of the films “Pieces of April” and “Dan in Real Life.”

Music From The Show

  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • Charles Mingus, “Pedal Point Blues”
  • Jimi Hendrix, “Crosstown Traffic”
  • Dntel, “Last Songs”
  • Sondre Lerche, “Dan in Real Life”
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Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

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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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Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

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Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.

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‘Sacred Journeys’ Documents Religious Pilgrimages

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world's holiest sites.

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Jewish Cuisine — It’s Not Just Chopped Liver

Janna Gur shares some history of Jewish cuisine, as well as three recipes from her new cookbook "Jewish Soul Food."