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Monday October 11, 2010

Mine Rescue Could Start Soon

Rescue workers insert steel pipes to encase the escape tunnel that will be used to free trapped miners at the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile, Sunday. (AP)

The top section of Chile’s San Jose mine has been lined with metal tubing, which means the stage is just about set for the rescue of the 33 miners who have been trapped underground since Aug. 5. Among the final preparations is figuring out the order in which the miners will be pulled out. It seems some of the miners are gallantly insisting they be the last to leave. The BBC’s James Menendez joins us from the mine with the latest.

Right, Left Take A Page From The Same Playbook

Saul Alinksy is often considered the father of community organizing. It comes as no surprise that President Obama and Hillary Clinton studied his work. But so have conservatives, including Dick Armey, who has used Alinsky’s lessons to organize Tea Party activists. In fact, Tea Party groups embraced the Alinksy dictum, “pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it,” to drown out lawmakers at town hall meetings during the summer of 2009. Nicholas Von Hoffman, author of “Radical: A Portrait of Saul Alinsky,” discusses how both sides of the political spectrum are working from Alinsky’s playbook.

Stumping On Columbus Day

We speak with Rick Klein, senior Washington editor for ABC World News and host of the ABC News / Washington Post political webcast “Top Line.”

Remembering The Cole

Experts in a speed boat examine the hull of the USS Cole at the Yemeni port of Aden on Oct. 15, 2000. A powerful explosion a few days earlier ripped a hole in the U.S Navy destroyer in the Yemeni port, killing 17 sailors and injuring some 30 others. (AP)

Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of the al Qaida attack on the U.S. destroyer Cole in Yemen. In the bombing, 17 sailors died and dozens were critically wounded. For three days following the attack, crew members fought tirelessly to free their shipmates from the wreckage and keep the ship from sinking. America Abroad’s Jordana Gustafson talked with some of the surviving crew and brings us the story of how they kept the ship afloat.

Listen to the documentary: Remembering The Cole

Remembering Solomon Burke

U.S. soul legend Solomon Burke performs on stage during the 41th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, July 2007. (AP)

One of the greatest soul singers of the 1960’s, Solomon Burke, has died at 70. Burke never enjoyed the kind of popularity some of his contemporaries — like Marvin Gaye and James Brown — did. But Burke was a major force in soul and R&B. Anti-Records president Andy Kaulkin said, “Popular music today wouldn’t be where it is with Solomon Burke.” We spoke with Mr. Burke in 2007.

Music From The Show

  • “Honey to Ashes,” The Lickets
  • “Nah Dran,” Couch
  • “Rabbit in Your Headlights,” Unkle
  • “Everybody Needs Somebody,” Solomon Burke
  • “Cry To Me,” Solomon Burke
  • “Tomorrow Is Forever,” Solomon Burke
  • “That’s How I Got To Memphis,” Solomon Burke
  • “Up To The Mountain,” Solomon Burke
  • “None Of Us Are Free,” Solomon Burke
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