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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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Parched Rivers, Grasslands Choke California Wildlife

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports there is no relief in sight for California farmers and wildlife ravaged by drought.

May 27 21 Comments

Comedy Writer Brings ‘The Tweet Of God’ To Broadway

"An Act of God," starring Jim Parsons, was born out of David Javerbaum's parody Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod.

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Old-Fashioned Bell Helps 12-Year-Old Minnesota Boy Battle Cancer

David Gerfast and his family are fighting cancer with an old-fashioned ship captain's bell and high-tech proton beam radiation.

May 26 2 Comments

Just (Lobster) Roll With It: Variations On A Summer Tradition

In New England, lobster rolls are a summer tradition, but if you ask 100 chefs how to make one, you'll get 100 different answers.