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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”
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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.