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Monday August 2, 2010

Ethics Charges Loom Over November Mid-Terms

Democrats are bracing for the possibility that they might lose their majority in the House in November’s mid-term elections, and formal ethics charges against Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters will complicate matters even further. We speak with Gail Chaddock, congressional correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

Career Colleges Face Federal Scrutiny

Enrollment at for-profit colleges has almost tripled over the last decade. But what is the quality of education like? And why do the so-called career colleges sometimes cost 17-times as much as community colleges? Liz Willen, associate editor of the non-partisan and non-profit education news outlet,  The Hechinger Report, explains why Congress and the White House are considering tighter regulation of the industry.

Cape Cod Beaches On Guard After Great White Shark Sightings

Division of Marine Fisheries biologists tagged a white shark off the coast of Chatham. (Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries)

A swimming ban remains in place on a stretch of beach in Chatham, on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod, after a number of great white sharks were spotted dangerously close to swimmers last week. We speak with Dr. Greg Skomal, senior biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries about why the sharks have taken a liking to Chatham’s waters.

Presidential Kids ‘Are All Right’

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky walk past well-wishers during their wedding in Rhinebeck, N.Y. (AP Photo/Genevieve de Manio )

Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky are on their honeymoon after their wedding over the weekend. Former President Bill Clinton escorted Chelsea down the aisle while her mom, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looked on. The Clinton wedding reminded New York Times columnist Gail Collins that despite the celebrity spotlight Chelsea never sought, she and other presidential offspring of recent years turned out all right.

‘Ya-Ya Sisterhood’ Author Pens Novel That Foreshadows B.P. Oil Disaster

Rebecca Wells, who is best known for her wildly popular book “Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood,” is out with a new novel about coming of age in Louisiana in the 1960s and 70s. A major plot point in Wells’ “The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder” is an explosion on an oil rig in the gulf. Wells is a Louisiana native and we talk to her about her home state, the book and her thoughts about the B.P. spill.

Music From The Show

  • Calexico, “Crumble”
  • Christian McBride, “Theme for Kareem”
  • Charles Mingus, “Boogie Stop Shuffle”
  • The Wee Trio, “Flint”
  • Nathan Milstein, “Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Eddie DeLange and Louis Alter “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans” performed by New Orleans’ Own The Dukes of Dixieland
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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The Man Behind ‘Mockingjay’

Francis Lawrence describes the rewards and challenges of bringing "The Hunger Games" books to the screen.

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Iraq War Vet Wins National Book Award For Fiction

The judges described the short stories in Phil Klay's collection "Redeployment" as brutal, piercing and sometimes darkly funny.

November 19 11 Comments

New Film Revisits The Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Case

The Penn State assistant football coach will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, but that's not the end of the story.

November 19 222 Comments

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

Edward Baptist argues in his new book that slavery was integral to establishing the America as a world economic power.