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Tuesday August 24, 2010

Judge’s Ruling Halts Federally-funded Stem Cell Research

Stem cell researchers are scrambling to understand the implications of a ruling from a federal judge in Washington. Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that President Obama was wrong in his decision last year to allow federal funding for experiments conducted with new lines of stem cells derived from unused embryos donated by couples trying to conceive through in vitro fertilization. In 2001, President Bush limited federal funding to research conducted on the few stem cell lines that existed then. The judge ruled yesterday that Congress unambiguously passed a law back in 1996 that prohibited federal funds from being spent on any research in which human embryos are destroyed. We speak with Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Meckler.

Proposed NYC Islamic Center Raises Questions Over Whether America Is Islamophobic

Abdul Malik, center, an American Muslim from Philadelphia, and Matt Sky, right, a Web developer from Manhattan stand in front of a proposed site for an Islamic cultural center in New York. (AP)

Time Magazine is asking whether America is Islamophobic in the wake of the recent furor over the proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero in New York. Time’s deputy international editor Bobby Ghosh investigated and found at least six mosque projects facing bitter opposition this year alone, despite the fact that there are currently about 2,000 mosques in the US.

Lottery Helps Higher Education Hit The Jackpot

States do lots of different things with money they make from lotteries. We look at Arkansas’ program which helps students cover their costs at schools inside the state. Our guest is Jim Purcell, director of the state’s Department of Higher Education.

Massive Egg Recall Likely To Continue

The Iowa egg producer at the center of the country’s largest ever egg recall is so huge, investigators are still sifting through distribution records and receipts to see where that company’s eggs have ended up. More than a half billion eggs from 17 states have been recalled so far over the last 11 days, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports at least 2,000 people have become ill as a result of eating salmonella-tainted eggs since May. Meantime, the U.S. Senate is sitting on a bill that would address many of the food safety issues at play. We speak with Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University.

Handel & Hendrix & Lloyd Miller’s Musical Journey

A vintage concert poster depicting late US musician Jimi Hendrix, is seen in a exhibition at the Handel House Museum. (AP)

The London home of composer George Frideric Handel is opening an exhibit on another former resident, the groundbreaking guitarist Jimi Hendrix. In the 1960s, Hendrix lived in an apartment that is now part of the Handel House Museum, where the great composer lived in the 18th century. We also hear from jazzman Lloyd Miller. He’s probably the only American musician who has hosted a program on Iranian television. Miller’s interest in Persian music dates back to the late 1950’s and early 60’s when his family moved to Iran when his father got a job there. His 1960’s recording, “Oriental Jazz,” is much sought after among record collectors. But he’s still making music, on a new collaboration with the British fusion group, The Heliocentrics. The BBC’s Andrew Purcell reports.

Music From The Show

  • Pinback, “Sender”
  • Euphone, “Island I’d Love To Live On”
  • George Frederic Handel, “Water Music”
  • Jimi Hendrix, “Sunshine Of Your Love”
  • Lloyd Miller and the Heliocentrics, “Sunda Sunset”
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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