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Wednesday August 11, 2010

Voters Send Mixed Message, Picking Both Establishment and Upstart Candidates

Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo., celebrates after winning the Democratic primary in Colorado on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. (AP)

Democrat Michael Bennet relied heavily on President Obama to win the Democratic nomination for November’s Senate race in Colorado. He’ll face Tea Party favorite Ken Buck who won the Republican nomination. Georgia’s Republican primary was too too close to call until early Wednesday morning — the candidate endorsed by Newt Gringrich prevailed over the politician backed by Sarah Palin, in the end. We’ll have the latest on the races and what they mean with Jay Newton Small, national political correspondent for TIME Magazine.

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Ramadan

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims pilgrims circle the Kaaba around the Grand Mosque during the last week of Ramadan in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in 2009. (AP)

Ramadan begins this week. For Muslims around the world it’s a time to reevaluate their spiritual lives through prayer, fasting and if possible – a pilgrimage to Mecca. But according to Vali Nasr, that’s about all most non-Muslims know about the holy month. For example, most people know Ramadan includes a dawn-to-dusk fast, but what do Muslims in countries where the sun never sets do about eating? We talk with Nasr, a professor of international politics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, about his recent article in Foreign Policy magazine: “The Five Things You Didn’t Know About Ramadan.

A Flight Attendant’s Final Straw

On Monday, when JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater commandeered the in-flight PA system for a rant, activated the emergency evacuation chute out the side of the plane, grabbed two beers and then slid down the chute onto the runway at New York’s JFK airport, he became somewhat of a hero to many. Passengers often grumble about flight experiences, whether its lost luggage, long delays or crying babies. But Mr. Slater’s actions tell of another point of view: that of the flight attendant. We speak to Bobby Laurie, a flight attendant and freelance journalist. His blog is UpUpandaGay.com.

Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis

Though we tend to think of a biopsy as the “gold standard” in diagnosing breast cancer, there are gray areas where even expert pathologists disagree. And then there are the cases — up to 17 percent according one study — where a certain type of breast cancer is diagnosed in healthy patients who may go on to receive mastectomies, radiation, and other invasive treatments. We speak with Stephanie Saul, whose New York Times article “Prone to Error” explores the problem.

Barbara Kingsolver’s Prize Winning Novel Tells Tales of Mexico and MaCarthyism

We revisit our conversation with Barbara Kingsolver. Her book “The Lacuna” won Britain’s Orange Prize earlier this year and has just been released in paperback. The epic novel follow protagonist Harrison Shepard from his teen years in Mexico to fame in 1950s America.

Music From The Show

  • Air, “Mike Mils”
  • Christian McBride, “Brother Mister”
  • Moby, “Inside”
  • The Fifth Dimension, “Up Up and Away”
  • The Ventures, “Green Onions”
  • Dntel, “Last Songs”
  • Joe Jackson, “Steppin’ Out”
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela “Logos”
  • Maria Fay

    Hi -
    On today’s show (8-11-10), you mentioned an organization that aids people with disabilities to exercise. It was in connection with 3 (legless) veterans. Can you please give me the organization’s name?
    Thank you,
    Maria Fay

  • Alex Ashlock

    Here and Now producer Alex Ashlock here. Maria, thanks for listening. The group you asked about is called Disabled Sport USA.

  • Rama

    I happened to listen today (Aug. 11) to part of the segment “Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis” where I think Stephanie Saul, (whose New York Times article “Prone to Error” explores the problem and who you interviewed) made some comment to the effect that one of the misdiagnoses (sic?) was made by a “doctor who was trained in Vietnam” and (therefore?) did not have much experience. Well, well…

    The standards of training and medical education in many countries are far higher than in the USA (where doctors rely too much on “high tech” rather than listening through their stethoscopes!), particularly in terms of clinical experience. I think you do foreign medical graduates a grave injustice by denigrating their education and training. After all, (like in any other field), you often hire foreign doctors _only) to do the often distasteful but critically needed jobs that most US trained doctors would never consider, especially in the inner cities.

    As for excellence in health care, take a look-see at the following article from BBC News!

  • carlee blamphin

    Thanks so much for this. I was always considered the overprotective mother with my eyes frozen on my kid when he was in the water. Also, I remember pulling my silently “swimming” toddler brother out of one foot of water when we were all very small. He was drowning. All ended fine. Nowadays, I find it hard to convince my 20 year-old that people who know how to swim can drown,and that eyes need to be open and precautions taken before stepping into liquid planet. Thanks, thanks, and thanks again.

  • http://www.hereandnow.org romal

    you are have met an afghan girl her name is Parnian so put her picture with what she said on your web to read it and i want to know what she said.
    thanks to all your members.

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

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A Call To Reject Corporal Punishment As Part Of Black Culture

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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.