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Wednesday September 22, 2010

Candidates Are In The Final Sprint To November

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid is in the fight of his political life against Republican nominee and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. The two are locked in a dead heat in the polls, and the Tea Party Express has said it is their most important race in the country. We talk to Jon Ralston, political columnist for the Las Vegas Sun. We also head to Wasilla, Alaska, where TIME magazine’s Jay Newton-Small is following the three-way race for Senate. Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski is getting scolded by her party after announcing she will wage a write-in campaign against Republican nominee Joe Miller and Democratic nominee Scott McAdams.

Turning An Inconvenient Eye On Public Education

Davis Guggenheim won an Academy Award for the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” Now he turns from global warming to the problems of public education in his new documentary, “Waiting For Superman” which opens in theaters beginning this Friday.  Here & Now’s Emiko Tamagawa caught up with Guggenheim after a recent screening in Boston.

Iranian Diaspora Protests Ahmadinejad

Ayton Eller, center, demonstrates in front of the United Nations to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit. (AP)

Ayton Eller, center, demonstrates in front of the United Nations to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit. (AP)

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to speak before the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Thursday. His visit to the U.S. has already prompted protests this week by Iranian-born expatriates who are planning what’s billed as their biggest rally yet for the day of Ahmadinejad’s speech. We speak with one of the organizers, Sahand Khoshbaten.

Power May Be Shifting in Pyongyang, But Life In North Korea Remains Brutal

The BBC’s Damian Grammaticas travels to the Chinese border with North Korea to meet people who have defected, as North Korea’s leaders prepare for a meeting next week that may lay the groundwork for power to be transferred from Kim Jong Il to his son, Kim Jong Un.

Once Lost, Hank Williams’ “Mother’s Best” Recordings Found

Hank Williams with his band, and bags of sponsor's Mother's Best flour. (Courtesy of Missing Piece Group)

Hank Williams with his band, and bags of sponsor's Mother's Best flour. (Courtesy of Missing Piece Group)

We talk with Jett Williams, daughter of legendary country singer-songwriter Hank Williams, about the upcoming release of “The Hank Williams Complete Mother’s Best Recordings… Plus” — a whopping 16 CD collection of the live radio show recordings Williams hosted at Nashiville super station WSM in 1951.

Music From The Show

  • Peter Dixon, “Nagog Woods”
  • Massive Attack, “Future Proof”
  • Nathan Milstein, “Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin”
  • Booka and the Flaming Geckos, “Western Sunrise”
  • The Lickets, “A Crowd of Pimps in the Rain”
  • Ashley MacIsaac, “Sleepy Maggie”
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October 23 Comment

New Documentary Profiles Human Rights Watch Team

An elite group known as the E-Team travels across the globe documenting human rights violations and war crimes.

October 23 Comment

Bottom Of The Sea Is ‘A World Of Surprises’

The world's oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth's surface, yet little is understood about the ocean floor.

October 22 13 Comments

Colorado Backs Away From Pot Edibles Ban

Critics say a ban would violate the state's voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana, which took effect in January.

October 22 4 Comments

Modest Raise For Social Security Recipients

Economist Diane Swonk says the 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase falls short of the inflation older Americans actually see.