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Wednesday September 29, 2010

Europe Terror Attack Is Still A Threat

Police officers stand by the Eiffel Tower in Paris after it was evacuated thanks to a bomb threat. (AP)

Police officers stand by the Eiffel Tower in Paris after it was evacuated thanks to a bomb threat. (AP)

A government official in Britain told the AP that terrorists had plotted to strike locations in Europe with shooting sprees similar to the one that took place in Mumbai, India in 2008. The plot, according to the official, was in “its embryonic stages,” but is still active. Our guest is Peter Bergen of the New America Foundation.

Supreme Court Will Review Free Speech, Discrimination Cases In New Term

Cases involving free speech, criminal justice and discrimination highlight the upcoming Supreme Court term, the first for the court’s newest justice, Elena Kagan. Emily Bazelon, legal affairs editor for Slate.com highlights some of the cases.

Hopes Soar For Trapped Chilean Miners

33 miners trapped underground in Chile for nearly two months could be out sooner than originally thought. Rescuers digging to reach the men say one of their drills has cut through 164 feet of rock in 24 hours. At that rate, they could be ready to bring the men to the surface by the middle of October. The miners have been trapped a half mile underground since the mine collapsed on August 5. The BBC’s Piers Scholfield joins us from the mine with an update.

Stargazers Point To The Stars With Laser Pens

We got a lot of feedback on our story yesterday about how laser pointers aimed at landing aircraft obstructed the view of pilots and even damaged their eyes. Many listeners wondered, how those little laser pointers, often used by business people and professors during powerpoint presentations, could even reach the aircraft? Our resident star gazer, Jeff Beauty of Sky and Telescope Magazine, says those laser pointers have a powerful reach and explains how they work.

Here’s The Deal: Biden Sells The Obama Administration

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands along a Manchester, N.H., street. (AP)

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands along a Manchester, N.H., street. (AP)

Vice President Joe Biden is out on the campaign trail this week ahead of the mid-term elections, trying to pump up enthusiasm for the administration he serves. Journalist Mark Bowden says it’s a perfect fit for a man who grew up the son of a car salesman in Delaware. Bowden profiles Biden in the October issue of The Atlantic.

Phil Collins Covers Motown

In his more than 40 years in the music business, Phil Collins has sold more than 100 million albums. He’s won multiple Grammy awards and even an Academy Award for his work. On his latest album, “Going Back,” Collins pays tribute to the music he loved listening to as a boy growing up in London during the ’50s and ’60s with covers of Motown hits like “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Heat Wave” and “Jimmy Mack.”

Music From The Show

  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Justin Townes Earle, “Wanderin'”
  • The Lickets, “Meat City”
  • Booka and the Flaming Geckos, “Western Sunrise”
  • Peter Dixon, “Nagog Woods”
  • Christian McBride, “Theme for Kareem”
  • Genesis, “No Reply at All”
  • Phil Collins, “In the Air Tonight”
  • Phil Collins, “You’ll Be In My Heart”
  • Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” performed by Phil Collins
  • Holland-Dozier-Holland “Love is Here And Now You’re Gone” performed by Phil Collins
  • Phil Collins and Lamont Dozier “Two Hearts” performed by Phil Collins
  • Stevie Wonder “Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer” performed by Phil Collins
  • Holland-Dozier-Holland “Jimmy Mack” performed by Phil Collins
  • Gerry Goffin and Carole King “Going Back” performed by Phil Collins
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