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Greenpeace worker Lindsey Allen collects samples of oil that washed up along the mouth of the Mississippi River near Venice, La. Wednesday, May 19, 2010. (AP)

Oil From The BP Spill Clogs Louisiana’s Marshes

Oil is starting to wash up along Louisiana’s coast. Gov. Bobby Jindal says it’s the heavy oil that everyone has been fearing. The wetlands at the mouth of the Mississippi are home to rare birds, mammals and wide variety of marine life.  We speak with Wall Street Journal environment editor Jeffrey Ball.

Financial Regulation Is Within Sight On Both Sides Of the Atlantic

Senate Democrats will try again today to move on a sweeping financial regulation bill. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is facing a run on the Euro, has begun nudging leading economies to coordinate financial regulation. But the question on both sides of the Atlantic is: do these proposals address the fundamental problems? With us are Richard Parker, professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an advisor to the Greek government, and Binyamin Appelbaum, financial reporter for the New York Times.

Pakistan Cracks Down On YouTube And Facebook

Pakistan is trying to block access to Facebook and YouTube, amid anger over a Facebook page that encourages users to draw caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. The Facebook page was inspired by protests against the animated television series, South Park, which angered some Muslims by depicted Muhammad in a bear suit earlier this year. The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool reports.

2nd Grader Asks Michelle Obama If President Will Take Away Her Mom

The issue of illegal immigration is getting a lot of attention today, after a second grader told first lady Michelle Obama during a school visit yesterday that her mom thinks the president is taking away everyone who doesn’t have papers and her mom doesn’t have any. Also, several illegal immigrants held a sit-in earlier this week at Senator John McCain’s office in Arizona to push for the Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for children brought to the States illegally by their parents. We speak with 26-year-old Tania Unzueta, who was brought to the U.S. by her parents when she was a child. She left McCain’s office before immigration authorities turned up, but her friends now face deportation hearings.

So You Think You’d Make A Great Book Narrator

Audio books is a booming business, raking in over a billion dollars a year.  The Audio Publishers Association says one in four Americans listened to an audio book in 2008. The books range in style from autobiographies, suspense novels and children’s books to educational texts, but they all need a narrator. We’ll speak to freelance audio book narrator (and a freelancer here at our home station, WBUR), Walter Dixon, about what it takes to get into the business, as well as the tricks of the trade, such as how to prepare for a novel versus a historical text, and the art of doing multiple voices.

  • Listen: Walter Dixon reading an excerpt from “Freddy to the Rescue” (The Golden Hamster Saga) by Dietlof Reiche
  • Listen: Walter Dixon reads an excerpt from “Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years Unabridged” by Diarmaid MacCulloch

Music From The Show

  • Radiohead, “Where I End and You Begin”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • Paul Simon, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
  • Dntel, “Last Songs”
  • Kar Kar Madison, “Boubacar Traore”
  • Christian McBride, “Theme for Kareem”
  • John Williams, “Harry Potter Theme” performed by Kidzone
  • drew

    Prof. Brooks makes a few points that are somewhat disingenuous:
    1. goldman sachs took TARP money. Yes they did but so did all the other major investment banks. And they did so because they were highly encouraged to by the Fed so that the mkt would not make judgements on bank quality based on who did and did not take money
    2. The swimming with sharks and stampeding cows comments. Robin, as you know from you recent talk with Michael Lewis, CDS are zero sum trades. For every buyer, there is a seller. So someone thought the scare around Greece was being over done. Also the bond prices changed because of the the Greek debt situation: Extremely high debt and deficit to GDP ratios and lack of suffucient measures to correct the crisis. The investment community evaluated the measures taken by Greece to solve its own problems and clearly did not believe the austerity measures, etc were sufficient to solve the problem, thus prices Greece must pay to finance it debt went up. It would appear that these investors were correct as the EU had to step in and it appears that Greece is still basically insolvent.

  • Brian Jansen

    Hello Robin, The segment about narrating audio books got my attention as long ago I sent you an email suggesting you would be great for that. Your fabulous voice and other skills would seem to make you a good fit. Maybe try just one for the fun of it. Walter Dixon may be able to find just the right one for you. If not I’ll still be a huge fan of yours. Sincerely, Brian in Prescott, Az.

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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In Defense Of Schlock Music: Why We Love/Hate It

Music critic Jody Rosen defends the kind of over-the-top, sentimental songs that Journey, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel and Prince made famous.