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Thursday June 10, 2010

Suicide Attack In Afghanistan Kills Dozens, U.S. General Delays Anti-Taliban Offensive

An unidentified father comforts his injured son at a hospital following a blast at wedding party in Kandahar city, Afghanistan. (AP)

At least 40 people were killed and 70 wounded in a suicide attack on a wedding party late Wednesday in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar. The Taliban is denying it’s behind the attack. Meanwhile, General Stanley McChrystal said Thursday that a long-planned offensive in southern Afghanistan would be delayed because it was taking longer than expected to win support of local leaders. Rajiv Chandrasekaran, senior foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, is our guest.   

A User’s Guide To The World Cup

South Africa practices before an empty stadium during the final training session for the soccer World Cup. (AP)

The World Cup begins Friday when host country South Africa meets Mexico in the opening match.  Which are the teams to watch? Will Ghana become the first African country to make it to the semi-finals? Will President Obama attend? We talk about soccer – football to the rest of the world - with a father and son team of soccer fans, Steven and Harrison Stark. Their book is “World Cup 2010: The Indispensable Guide to Soccer and Geopolitics.” 

Language Barrier Vexes Vietnamese Fishermen Reeling From Gulf Disaster

Nearly half of the estimated 40,000 people who make their living fishing in the Gulf of Mexico are Vietnamese. Most came to the U.S. as refugees from the war and established close knit communities that provided shelter and support. But in that community, many Vietnamese never learned to speak English. This language barrier is now causing problems as they try to cope with the BP oil disaster. We speak with Tuan Nguyen, deputy director of the Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation in New Orleans.  

Congressman Markey to BP: Rely On MIT Minds, Not PGA Golf Balls To Fight Oil Leak

BP is relying on the same technology to deal with the oil spill that was used during the Exxon Valdez spill more than 20 years ago. And while drilling technology has advanced, cleanup and accident response technology has not. Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey wants to change that. He says in the weeks after the accident in the Gulf of Mexico, BP relied on shooting golf balls into the well to stop up the leak, when they should have been using 21st century technology. He’s drafting a bill to force oil companies to fund new technologies, so the next time there’s a crisis, they’ll have state-of-the-art equipment at the ready. 

Listener Letters: Fire Chief Responds To Oil On Alabama Coast; Concerns About Onshore Drilling

Health advisory signs were posted at the entrance to Perdido Key, Fla., beaches after oil began washing up. (AP)

We hear from listeners worried about the environmental impact of drilling in North Dakota and about those squealing baboons in Cape Town, South Africa. We also check back in with volunteer fire chief James Hinton of Magnolia Springs, Alabama, who organized his community to line up barges with booms attached across the mouth of Weeks Bay.  

Marriage Proposals Morph Into Negotiations

June is wedding month. But how many brides and grooms got to the wedding with an old-fashioned proposal?  We speak with sociologist Amanda Miller, who says today’s proposal is more likely to be a negotiation. We also speak with Josh Brentan, who blogs about being a groom for Brides magazine.

What couples negotiate before the bride says, “I do:”
      • Selection of the ring
      • Timing of the wedding
      • Length of the engagement
      • Where they’ll live
      • How to fairly share the household chores and finances

Music From The Show

  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • The Beatles, “It’s Getting Better”
  • Paul Simon, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
  • Dntel, “Last Songs”
  • Solomon Linda, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Mbube) performed by The Tokens
  • Chris Brown, Rob Allen and Andre Merritt, “Forever” performed by Chris Brown
  • Pauline Jordan

    Why has our govermnet turned down help to clean up the oil spill from other countries?

  • Paul Creeden

    Good to hear continuing coverage about The Gulf of Mexico. However, on the Viet-Namese-American piece, there are two points: First, claims of an immigrant population which has been established here for 40 yrs that they are being discriminated against by government or industry based on poor English-speaking skills strike me as rather hollow. I see the language issue as a minority community problem to be addressed by and within that community. Second, some may take issue with Robin’s description of the South VietNamese as having been allowed refugee status for “helping America(ns)” in Viet Nam. The South Viet-Namese were in support of a corrupt totalitarian government, propped up by a popularly unsupported U.S. military effort. They were not martyrs for America, but pawns in a nasty period of bad American foreign policy. I do not begrudge them their refugee staus on that basis, but let’s not glibly revise history.

  • Susan Crasnow

    Have the states’ Attorneys General begun investigations and actions against the unscrupulous lawyers that are taking advantage of the fishermen, business people and families who are suffering from the BP oil tragedy??

Robin and Jeremy

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

July 24 6 Comments

Veterans Say Suicide Is Their Top Concern

That's according to a survey released today by the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

July 24 5 Comments

Modern-Day Amelia Earhart Circumnavigates The Globe

The famous pilot's namesake has became the youngest woman to fly a single-engine aircraft around the world.

July 23 Comment

DJ Sessions: Latin Alternative From Los Angeles To Venezuela

KCRW's Raul Campos introduces us to some groups he came across while hosting the 15th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference.

July 23 6 Comments

ISIS Forces Christians To Flee Iraq City Of Mosul

The militant group's threat -- convert, leave or die -- has forced most Christians in Mosul to leave.