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Wednesday September 8, 2010

Pastor Says He’ll Burn Qurans

The leader of a small church in Florida says he is determined to go ahead with his plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11th. We’ll speak to Jacki Levine, managing editor of the Gainesville Sun.

When Facts Don’t Correct Misperceptions

Why do some people still believe that President Obama is a Muslim, and others that President Bush banned all stem cell research, despite news reports that disprove both stories? We speak with Brendan Nyhan, a political scientist at the University of Michigan who has researched the topic. He found that facts don’t change deeply held beliefs and that sometimes, in fact, being faced with a correction makes people believe even harder in the incorrect story.

In Chicago, The Race Is On

Political observers in Chicago expect a crowded field for the next mayoral race after the city’s longtime mayor, Richard Daley, announced he would not seek a seventh term. We’ll take a look at who might be mulling a run with Ray Long, who has covered Chicago and Illinois politics for the Chicago Tribune for three decades.

‘I Believe In An America Where The Separation Of Church And State Is Absolute’

Then-Senator John F. Kennedy in a question and answer session with Ministers' Association of Greater Houston, where he made his famous speech on religion. (AP)

Then-Senator John F. Kennedy at a question and answer session with the Ministers' Association of Greater Houston, where he made his famous speech on religion. (AP)

Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s famous 1960 presidential campaign speech on religion. Kennedy delivered the speech in response to critics who worried that his Catholicism would color his presidency and that he would be a puppet of the pope. Dr. Gary Smith chairs the history department at Grove City College and joins us to talk about why Kennedy’s speech still resonates today, and whether another one is needed.

Rediscovering The Periodic Table, One Element At A Time

Jim and Jenny Marshall at the Apuseni Mountains in Romania, traveling to the mine where Tellurium was discovered. (Rediscovery of the Elements)

Jim and Jenny Marshall at the Apuseni Mountains in Romania, traveling to the mine where Tellurium was discovered. (Rediscovery of the Elements)

Shortly after getting married twelve years ago, Jim Marshall, a chemistry professor at the University of North Texas, took his new bride Jenny, a now-retired middle school computer teacher, on the honeymoon of a lifetime. Together, they set out in search of the birthplace of each of the 114 elements on the periodic table. They’ve finally completed their journey and compiled a comprehensive interactive DVD called “Rediscovery of the Elements.”

Music From The Show

  • Charles Mingus, “Boogie Stop Shuffle”
  • The Lickets, “Serial East”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • Booka and the Flaming Geckos, “Barbed Wire Past”
  • Dean and Britta, “Herringbone Tweed”
  • Rodrigo and Gabriella, “Better Voodoo”
  • Sun Kil Moon, “Carry Me Ohio”
  • Ahmad Jamal, Patterns”
  • Tom Lehrer, “The Elements”
Robin and Jeremy

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September 29 5 Comments

Michigan Coach Faces Criticism For Keeping QB In Play

University of Michigan quarterback Shane Morris was having trouble standing on his own after a major sack. The coach kept him in the game.

September 29 24 Comments

Methodist Pastor Faces Last Church Trial

Reverend Frank Schaefer, who was defrocked for officiating his son's same-sex marriage and later reinstated, awaits one more church trial. He writes about the experience in a new memoir.

September 29 7 Comments

Monarch Butterflies Could Be On Rebound

After precipitous declines in the monarch butterfly population, there are signs the species may be on the rebound.

September 26 4 Comments

Dean Of Boston Sports Journalism Celebrates 42 Years On The Job

Here & Now's Robin Young visits the most-beloved sportscaster you've never heard of: Jonny Miller.