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Thursday September 23, 2010

President Obama Addresses The UN General Assembly

President Obama addresses a summit on the Millennium Development Goals at United Nations headquarters in New York. (AP)

President Obama addresses the Millennium Development Goals summit at U.N. headquarters in New York. (AP)

For the second time in as many days, President Obama is speaking before the United Nations’ annual gathering of world leaders. Yesterday, he focused on development issues at the Millennium Summit. Today, he speaks to the General Assembly. To analyze the president’s address and report on reaction at the U.N., we turn to Colum Lynch, U.N. correspondent for The Washington Post.

American Agents Go Undercover To Snag An Iranian Arms Smuggler

In 2007, after working for four years to organize a sting operation, U.S. agents apprehended an Iranian arms smuggler. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s John Shiffman details the operation that snagged Amir Hossein Ardebeli, who bought largely from American companies.

White House Looks For New Economic Quarterback

National Economic Council Director Larwrence Summers, left, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner walk back to the Oval Office. (AP)

National Economic Council director Larwrence Summers, left, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner walk to the Oval Office. (AP)

The White House made it official this week — top Obama economic adviser Larry Summers will return to his post at Harvard. He is the third senior economic adviser to quit the administration this year. We speak with Peter Morici, business professor at the University of Maryland, about the candidates to replace Summers, and what the choice will say about the Obama administration’s economic policy.

Nations Jockey For Control Of North Pole Resources

Nations bordering the North Pole are holding a summit to discuss how to share the area’s potential riches, like the gas and oil that are becoming more accessible due to global climate change. The BBC’s Rajesh Mirchandi reports.

Wordsmiths Offer Help For The Verbally Challenged

Do you mix-up, mispronounce or mangle words? The editors of the American Heritage dictionaries can help. They’ve put out guides like “100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up Or Mangles,” “100 Words Almost Everyone Mispronounces” and “100 Words Almost Everyone Confuses And Misuses.” We talk words and word usage with one of those editors, Steve Kleinedler of the American Heritage dictionaries.

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  • Music From The Show

    • Christian McBride, “Theme for Kareem”
    • The Rolling Stones, “She’s So Cold”
    • Dean & Britta, “Herringbone Tweed”
    • Rupert Holmes “Escape(The Pina Colada Song)”
    • RAlan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe“Why Can’t the English” performed by Rex Harrison and the cast of “My Fair Lady”
    • Ashley MacIsaac, “Sleepy Maggie”
    • The Wee Trio, “Flint”
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September 18 Comment

Terry Gilliam Goes Back To The Dystopian Future

Terry Gilliam's new film, "The Zero Theorem" will be familiar to his fans.

September 18 5 Comments

DJ Sessions: Kansas’ ‘Retro Cocktail Hour’

"Space age pop" and "incredibly strange music" are the songs of the day on this installment of the DJ Sessions.

September 17 21 Comments

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car

The XL-1 can get 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance.

September 17 40 Comments

How Has The Obesity Epidemic Disrupted Romance?

The health impacts of the obesity epidemic are well-documented. Less studied are its ramifications for romance.