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Monday July 26, 2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke at a news conference at the Frontline Club in central London.

A Closer Look At WikiLeaks

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, says there may be evidence of war crimes in the 90,000, mostly classified U.S. military documents about the war in Afghanistan that the site posted over the weekend.  We take a closer look at Assange and how WikiLeaks got a hold of the documents with Clint Hendler, of the Columbia Journalism Review.

Schools or Guns? Co-Author Of ‘Three Cups of Tea’ Weighs In On What To Do In Afghanistan

As newly-released documents re-ignite the debate on the Afghan war, we revisit our conversation with Greg Mortenson, co-author of “Three Cups of Tea.”  In 1993, Mortenson was nursed back to health by Pakistani villagers after a failed attempt to climb K2.  He went on to build over a hundred schools mostly for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including some in Taliban-controlled territory — leading the U.S. military to wonder how he does it.

West Ratchets Up Pressure On Iran, But Do Sanctions Work?

E.U. foreign ministers today adopted their toughest-ever sanctions against Iran in response to the country’s nuclear program. The BBC’s Jonathan Marcus looks back at the wave of international sanctions on Iran so far and whether they have had any impact.

How To Prevent The Next Oil Disaster: Expert Calls For Rewarding Companies That Operate With Eye To Safety

Since BP’s oil disaster began in April, there’s been no shortage of suggestions on how to prevent future oil catastrophes. Much of the focus has been on new regulations: The Obama administration is working to restructure the Minerals Management Service and there’s been talk about giving the Coast Guard and The Environmental Proection Agency more oversight of offshore drilling. But our guest, Jody Freeman, says that in addition to “sticks” like regulation, there should also be more “carrots,” that reward companies for taking safety precautions. Freeman is a professor at Harvard Law School, she was also counselor for Energy and Climate Change in the White House in 2009 and part of 2010.

Mark Cohn at a concert in Saratoga in 2005. (Steve Jurvetson)

Singer-Songwriter Marc Cohn Puts A New Spin On 1970′s Hits

Grammy-Award winning songwriter Marc Cohn is perhaps best known for his signature song “Walking in Memphis.” But on his new CD “Listening Booth: 1970“, Marc gives his take on some of his 1970 favorites including Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” and Cat Stevens’ “Wild World”. With Mark we blast into the past and hear how he brings those tunes into the present.

Music From The Show

  • Paul Simon, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”
  • Charles Mingus, “Pedal Point Blues”
  • The Lickets, “Meat City”
  • Ashley MacIsaac, “Sleepy Maggie”
  • Steve Earle, “Amerika v6″
  • Christian McBride, “Theme for Kareem”
  • Stevie Wonder, Hank Cosby & Smokey Robinson “The Tears of A Clown” performed by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  • David Gates, “Make it With You” performed by Bread
  • J.J. Cale, “After Midnight” performed by Eric Clapton
  • Simon and Garfunkle, “The Only Living Boy in New York”
  • Simon and Garfunkle, “The Only Living Boy in New York” performed by Marc Cohn
  • Paul McCartney “Maybe I’m Amazed”
  • Paul McCartney “Maybe I’m Amazed” performed by Marc Cohn
  • Cat Stevens, “Wild World”
  • Cat Stevens “Wild World” performed by Marc Cohn
  • Wayne Carson Thompson, “The Letter” performed by The Box Tops, Joe Cocker, Marc Cohn
  • Van Morrison “Into the Mystic” performed by Marc Cohn
  • Nick

    I missed out on Marc Cohn, thankfully!

    (Back in 1990, I was following/listening to Jane’s Addiction; Nirvana; Warrior Soul; The House of Love; Ned’s Atomic Dustbin; New Model Army; Killing Joke; James; Curve; the list is long. . . !)

  • Valerie Smith

    What a delight to happen upon this rebroadcast of your interview with Greg Mortenson this afternoon! I am a huge fan of Greg; his intent to build schools and promote educatation, especially for girls, is so consonant with Baha’i teachings. Thank you so much for broadcasting this again today.

  • Richard in NH

    Interesting that your show discussed only the messenger and not the message, regarding Wikileaks latest expose-

    KIM; That sort of behavior is a proven impediment to the protection of the whole, at great cost to the credibility of those who choose to enforce perceived righteous dominance of messenger(s), regardless of the integrity of the message-

    Said simpler; your show is an example of a worst choice possible; by any given listener, that may wish to sincerely decipher the message-


  • Verne House

    Great program today with Greg Mortenson. I believe in his approach to working with people. It is the only way to achieve lasting progress. Thank you for airing this again.

  • Mary-Alice Mustacci

    Wow! I love serendipity. I drove 1 1/2 hours to a doctor appt today and stopped at Starbucks and there was the Marc Cohn CD. I started high school in 1970 and had all the recordings on 45s! I bought the album and was putting it onto my computer record files when your podcast was airing in my ear. 40 years! I refuse to believe it!! It has only been an eye blink.

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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Remembering Jesse Winchester

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

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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.

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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.