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Thursday April 29, 2010

Shrimping and fishing boats are seen docked at sunrise in Venice, La. (AP)

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 Globalpost.com 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”
  • http://HereandNow Delwin Elder

    On Thursday April 30th, I heard the piece on Here and Now about Prime Minster Gordon Brown’s comments when he didn’t know the microphone was on. You played an exact recording of what he said, and I couldn’t understand a word of it. Robin Young didn’t repeat what he said, not even the basic gist. But the article went on to comment over the next two or three minutes on how detremental it would be to him. Please be more aware that recordings of people whispering in a deep British accent can be difficult to understand. Repeating or paraphrasing his message would have been very helpful.

  • Alex Ashlock

    Producer Alex Ashlock here. Sorry about that Gordon Brown sound. In the clip you hear his aide saying to Brown, “what did she say?” Brown says “Everything. She’s just this sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be labour. It’s ridiculous.”

Robin and Jeremy

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

September 16 7 Comments

Kathy Gunst Explores Community Supported Agriculture

Kathy Gunst joins Cook's Illustrated executive food editor Keith Dresser at his CSA pickup and offers recipes for the seasonal CSA fare.

September 16 11 Comments

Remembering Jesse Winchester

Jimmy Buffett remembers his friend the late songwriter Jesse Winchester, whose posthumous album is being released today.

September 15 26 Comments

A Call To Reject Corporal Punishment As Part Of Black Culture

An incident of child abuse by an NFL player has raised questions about the use of corporal punishment as a form of discipline in the African-American community.

September 15 26 Comments

Would You Pay To Get Your Kid Into A Top College?

A San Francisco company charges parents for a consulting package based on the odds their student will get into a certain university, with prices up to a million dollars.