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An Oysterman Prepares For Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Oil from the damaged B.P. rig in the Gulf of Mexico could hit shore as early as tomorrow threatening wildlife, tourism and fisheries. Oil is now leaking at the rate of 5,000 barrels a day – five times the amount intially thought. If the leaks cannot be capped soon, the spill could surpass the Exxon Valdez accident. We talk with John Tesvich, owner of Port Sulphur Fisheries Company in Louisiana about how he and other fishermen are responding to the spill. 

Haitians Continue To Struggle In Earthquake Aftermath

Countless Haitian children were orphaned in the aftermath of the January earthquake. (Courtesy BBC)

Nearly four months after the disastrous earthquake in Haiti, conditions there remain bleak. More than one million people are living in 875 makeshift camps and aid workers warn the current rains and upcoming hurricane season will be devastating for them. The BBC’s James Fletcher is in Haiti reporting for the “World Have Your Say” program. 

‘Charter Cities:’ 21st Century Colonialism Or Solution To Poverty?

Stanford economist Paul Romer says we should build “charter cities” to tackle global poverty. The cities would be built in unoccupied tracts of land, allowing people to escape urban slums for cities set up with rules that provide security, economic opportunity and transparent rules. Imagine Canada setting up and running a city in Cuba, similar to Hong Kong. Or allowing Haitians displaced from the earthquake to establish a charter city in Brazil. Some critics say charter cities would be modern day imperialism, but Romer says he’s already in talks with some countries to get his idea off the ground. 

Florida’s Charlie Crist Prepares To Run As An Independent

Faltering in the polls, Florida Governor Charlie Crist is expected to announce today that he will drop out of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate and will instead run with no party affiliation. A recent poll says the move could propel him to victory in fall’s general election over insurgent Republican Marco Rubio, who has been called a Tea Party poster child. We speak with Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald

Britian’s Prime Minister Deals With Election Season Gaffe

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will try to shake off a verbal gaffe during tonight’s final debate. Brown referred to a woman who asked him about immigration as a “bigot” and he’s been busy trying to explain himself ever since. Gordon’s in a very tight race against Conservative David Cameron and Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats. We speak to Michael Goldfarb, London correspondent for and author of “Emancipation: How Liberating Europe’s Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance.” 

Stories From Appalachia Illuminate The Darkness

Author Ron Rash is out with a new collection of short stories, "Burning Bright."

Author Ron Rash has been acclaimed by the New York Times’ Janet Maslin as “one of the best American novelists of his day.” He has just published “Burning Bright” a collection of short stories set in his native North Carolina that feature people struggling to get by despite grim conditions: severe poverty, crystal meth addiction, and the persistent temptation of crime. 

Music From The Show

  • John Hiatt, “Blue Telescope”
  • Bill Laswell, “asiyah Dub”
  • Euphone, “Island I’d Love to Live On”
  • Interpol, “Hands Away”
  • Elizabeth Cotten, “Wilson Rag”

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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Fighting To Get The Story Out In ‘Dateline – Saigon’

The film tells the story of five journalists who fought to reveal the truth about the Vietnam War. They all went on to win Pulitzer Prizes.

November 30 14 Comments

EmiSunshine: A Country Music Star At Age 11

The Nashville singer-songwriter talks about her music and what it's like to be a kid on tour with her family.

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Books To Give As Gifts This Year

If you're looking to give a book to a friend or family member this holiday, NPR Books editor Petra Mayer shares her picks.

November 26 9 Comments

Arlo Guthrie Celebrates 50 Years Of ‘Alice’s Restaurant’

Listening to the 18-minute musical monologue has been a Thanksgiving tradition among folk music fans for decades.