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Tuesday October 19, 2010

Some Lenders To Resume Home Foreclosures



Bank of America is resuming home foreclosures in nearly two dozen states by Monday, despite a controversy over agents “robo-signing” foreclosure documents. Bank of America says it investigated the problem and did not find a single example of an erroneous foreclosure. We speak with New York Times reporter Nelson Schwartz.

Judge Strikes Down Montana’s Ban On Corporate Political Spending

A state judge ruled yesterday that Montana’s nearly century-old law banning direct corporate political spending is unconstitutional. The ruling immediately frees companies to spend money this political season. We speak with Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock, who says he will appeal the decision.

What, Exactly, Is The US Chamber Of Commerce?

With election day just two weeks away, the Obama administration has had to back off its accusations that Republican candidates are benefiting from foreign money funneled through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Conservative talk show host Glenn Bleck said the accusations were an outrage and called upon his listeners to follow his lead and donate money to the Chamber, claiming it’s made up of small downtown businesses that are struggling. But are Beck and the administration talking about the same Chamber of Commerce? And does this reflect election season desperation on both sides of the aisle? We speak to Michael Crowley, senior correspondent and deputy Washington bureau chief for Time Magazine.

Climate Change Changes Fall Colors

From listener Timothy Peters in Belmont, VT.

From listener Timothy Peters in Belmont, VT.

Scientists have known for a while that fall colors change with the year’s weather — good rain in the summer and bright autumn days with cool nights produce the most vibrant leaves. But do leaves also reflect longer-term changes in climate? David Wolfe says that plants and trees are very sensitive weather instruments, and they are helping us understand the long-term changes taking place in the climate. Wolfe is professor of horticulture at Cornell University. His book on soil ecology is “Tales From The Underground: A Natural History of Subterranean Life.”

Blogger Takes Aim At Campbell’s Soup

The blogger who helped launch the protest against the proposed Islamic community center in New York now has a new target: the Campbell Soup Company. Pamela Geller, of the blog Atlas Shrugs, is calling on people to stop buying Campbell’s soup after the company started selling soup in Canada that is certified as Halal — meaning it’s prepared according to Islamic dietary laws. Geller claims the group that certifies the soup has ties to a terrorist organization, even though that has never been proven. John Faulker, Campbells Soup Company’s brand communications director responds.

‘Two Peds In A Pod’ Are On Frontline Of What’s Happening With Children

Not too long ago, Dr. Naline Lai and Dr. Julie Kardos were pediatric residents together at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. During their overnight shifts, they’d talk about writing a book together for parents. The book never materialized, but a blog did. It’s called “Two Peds In A Pod,” and it offers advice ranging from helping kids get rid of their binkies to avoiding back strain when carrying book-filled backpacks to school.

Political ‘Silly Season’ Gets Underway

It’s an old political cliché that the last few weeks before an election veer into a silly season of candidates making outlandish claims and unfortunate statements. We check in on races across the country where candidates have done everything from question whether freedom of religion is part of the Constitution to promoting job experience as a madam as a qualification for governor.

Music From The Show

  • Peter Dixon, “Nagog Woods”
  • Christian McBride, “Theme for Kareem”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • Joseph Kosma and Jacques Prevert “The Autumn Leaves” performed by Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • Talking Heads, “This Must Be the Place”
  • Dean and Britta, “Herringbone Tweed”
  • Ken Vandermark, “New Acrylic”
  • Steve Earle, “Amerika v6″

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

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The Playwright Behind ‘Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike’

Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy is currently being performed in 27 regional theaters across the U.S.

January 22 25 Comments

EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed

Anant Agarwal believes MOOCs — massive online courses — can be a disruptive force for good in higher education.

January 21 22 Comments

What Happens When Your Sibling Makes More Than You?

Sociologist Dalton Conley explains what it means for family dynamics when one sibling is significantly richer or poorer.

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Obama’s Proposal On Inequality: Is It Enough?

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz offers his take on the president's plan and whether it goes too far or not far enough.