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Monday August 23, 2010

Oil Spill Fund Recipients Must Give Up Right To Sue

Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Independent Administrator of the Gulf Claims Facility for the $20 billion BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill compensation fund. (AP)

Kenneth Feinberg, who is running the $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the Gulf oil disaster, says anyone who receives a final settlement must give up the right to sue BP. But Feinberg, who also ran the 9/11 victims fund, says he has not decided whether the no-sue rule will apply to other companies involved in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Millions are wondering: How will the fund work? We speak with reporter Jim Snyder of Bloomberg News.

American Aid Worker Goes ‘Barefoot In Baghdad’

In 2003, a young American woman of Arab descent went to Iraq to run Women for Women International, a group that tries to help women in war-torn regions. Manal Omar was able to help some Iraqi women, and she also fell in love and married an Iraqi man, who was a co-worker. But Manal’s time in Iraq was also marked by tragedy. Her memoir is “Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity – My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos.” Manal is now director of Iraq programs for the United States Institute of Peace.

Florida Primaries Tomorrow: It’s About Character

Candidates vying for the democratic nomination in Florida’s U.S. Senate race have a lot in common policy-wise. The same goes for those seeking the state’s GOP gubernatorial nomination. But both primary races thus far have inspired no shortage of debate about character. Big spending billionaire Jeff Greene faces Rep. Kendrick Meek in the senate Democratic primary; and big spending millionaire, former healthcare executive, Rick Scott goes up against Florida’s Attorney General Bill McCollum in the Republican primary for governor. We speak to St. Petersburg Times reporter Adam Scott.

The Televangelist And The Warlord

A story in “The Nation” explores ties between Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, and Charles Taylor, the deposed president of Liberia and subject of a a war crimes trial at The Hague. Reporter Aram Roston writes that Robertson bought a Liberian gold mine in the late 1990s and actively promoted Taylor and his agenda to his followers. Roston joins us to talk about the link between Robertson and Taylor.

Sharing Our Tacky Tourist Photos

A giant man? It depends on your perspective. (tackytouristphotos.com)

Do you have a tacky tourist photo of you marrying George Clooney — the wax version? Or one where you are holding up the leaning tower of Pisa? Or how about a photo of you from childhood, dressed like a cowgirl from that road trip with your family? You no longer have to hide those precious pictures. Our guests, Darren Garnick and Ilya Mirman, are part of a team that put together the website TackyTouristPhotos.com.

Music From The Show

  • Interpol, “Hands Away”
  • Chinese Firedrill, “Mike Watt”
  • Moby, “Inside”
  • Lindsey Buckingham, “Holiday Road”
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Nun Hopes For More Gender Equality In The Church

Sister Joan Chittister describes how the Vatican's tone toward nuns has changed and shares her hopes for the Catholic church.

January 26 3 Comments

Limitations Of Winter Freeze Inspire Maine Chef

The food at Vinland in downtown Portland is 100 percent locally sourced, even in the dead of winter.

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Mayors Examine Community Policing

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has new recommendations on community policing, in the wake of Ferguson.

January 23 4 Comments

How ‘The Good War’ In Afghanistan Went Bad

Jack Fairweather's new book argues the war could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century.