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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”
  • mc

    The S.C. has stated that anyone giving aid or material support to terrorist group and the people’s mujahideen is still such one.

  • Jana Canary (please do not say my name on the radio)

    I heard your story on Lisa Murkowski’s write-in bid for the Alaska Senate race. Thank you for covering this story. KUAC, our local NPR station carries your program and it was nice to hear a story about our part of the country on your show. (I am in Fairbanks)

    Just a few comments.
    1) Your reporter said that there had only been one poll on the 3 way race since Lisa Murkowski announced her write-in campaign. I think that she did not report on a new poll by the Rasmussen Reports on this race:
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/alaska/election_2010_alaska_senate

    2)Also, I noticed that your reporter said that she was looking at something county by county. Alaska does not have counties, it has boroughs. This may be a bit trivial, but I think for an Alaskan listening it made me wonder how well she had researched her report.

    That said, I do appreciate that you are covering the story on your show. Thanks again.

    PS PLEASE do not use my name on the radio. I would feel very embarrassed.

  • Colleen Kelly

    In your story today (Sept. 22) re: Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s write-in campaign, the correspondent from Time magazine did not provide the most recent information about polling results. The latest poll (Rasmussen)shows Miller with 42 percent, Murkowski with 27 percent and McAdams with 25 percent. (http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-2010elect-rasmussen-senate-poll-092110,0,6280069.story)

    Also, it should be noted that although Murkowski was appointed to the Senate in 2003 by her father, then-Gov. Frank Murkowski, she ran for election in 2004 and defeated former Gov. Tony Knowles. It seems that would have been the prime opportunity for voters to have expressed their disappointment with the nepotism appointment.

  • Frog

    Crumbling buildings, poor food, people wanting to leave, a failed system….North Korea, you ask? No…our public school system! Did you guys juxtapose those stories on purpose?

  • Ben Jensen

    Robin, you are so left

  • Francisco K

    Hi,
    I heard the report “Turning An Inconvenient Eye On Public Education”…

    It seems to me that nobody mention the incredible discrepancy between the money Public Schools in poor neighborhood and rich ones receive… Everywhere in the world, all public schools get the same money but in the egalitarian US…

    Wouldn’t that help to solve the differences between schools?

  • Meri Bond

    Regarding the BBC’s story on North Korea. It seemed that much of what I was hearing was taken directly from Barbara Demick’s book, ‘Nothing To Envy-Ordinary Lives in North Korea’, published in 2009 by Spiegel & Grau. Truly, I heard lines spoken by one of the women that sounded as if she were reading from the book. If you have not had Barbara Demick on your program, I suggest it. The book is quite compelling.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

September 15 26 Comments

A Call To Reject Corporal Punishment As Part Of Black Culture

An incident of child abuse by an NFL player has raised questions about the use of corporal punishment as a form of discipline in the African-American community.

September 15 26 Comments

Would You Pay To Get Your Kid Into A Top College?

A San Francisco company charges parents for a consulting package based on the odds their student will get into a certain university, with prices up to a million dollars.

September 12 9 Comments

Senator: Arab Countries ‘Need To Step To The Plate’ In Fight Against ISIS

Mark Begich (D-AK) is one of the few members of Congress speaking out against a key part of President Obama's plan for fighting the Islamic State.

September 12 Comment

Ecuadorian Drilling Damage Inspires Documentary

An American and an Ecuadorian are inspired to help Ecuador heal from decades of drilling and oil spills.