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Monday October 25, 2010

In The Homestretch, Florida Gov. Candidates Make Final Impressions

Candidates for Florida governor Alex Sink, left, and Rick Scott meet for their first face-to-face debate Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 in Miami. (AP)

Candidates for Florida governor Alex Sink, left, and Rick Scott meet for their first face-to-face debate Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 in Miami. (AP)

The candidates for governor in Florida, Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink, meet tonight in their final debate before next week’s election. Scott, a businessman, is the former head of the health care company Columbia/HCA and is a first time candidate. Sink is Florida’s chief financial officer. Marc Caputo covers politics for the Miami Herald and joins us to talk about this race.

The Foreclosure Crisis Could Lead To Title Insurance Mayhem

Analysts predict that 2010 will produce more than 1 million home foreclosures. Rather than leaving quietly after defaulting on loans, homeowners are challenging their foreclosures in record numbers thanks to recent evidence suggesting many of the foreclosures were processed sloppily and incorrectly by banks — making them invalid. That means title insurance companies are going to see an onslaught of claims and lengthy court battles fought largely in uncharted legal territory. To better understand the brewing foreclosure storm, we speak with Kathleen Howley, real estate reporter for Bloomberg News.

The Fishy Cases Of Some Japanese Centenarians

For years we’ve been told that the Japanese live long lives based on fish and family, whilst Westerners perish early thanks to their isolation and love of fatty food. But it’s emerged that some of those centenarians in Japan were not as happy as they seemed. Some of them were in fact dead, but their relatives still claimed their pensions. The BBC’s Roland Buerk reports from Tokyo.

Power Of The Tweeter: Companies Cave To Anti-Social Media Campaigns

The original Gap logo, left, was briefly replaced by the logo at right.

The original Gap logo, left, was briefly replaced by the logo at right.

Call it the power of the tweeter. It’s when consumers use Facebook, Twitter or YouTube to launch social media campaigns to protest something a company is doing. Recently, Gap caved to concerns about its new logo, after thousands of its Facebook fans protested the switch from the iconic blue box to a kind of denim look. Sun Chips found itself forced to pull its eco-friendly, but extremely loud bag from store shelves. And who can forget the case of “United Breaks Guitars,” when a Canadian musician created a YouTube video to protest United Airlines baggage handlers damaging his guitar. We look at this “anti-social media” trend with Here & Now media analyst and Boston University communication professor, John Carroll.

Mark Twain Still Sells 100 Years After His Death

Though the creator of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer died in 1910, per his request “The Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume One” was held for publication until this year. And though it doesn’t come out until November 15, the book is already in the top five of both amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Why does Mark Twain still appeal to audiences? Here & Now literary critic Steve Almond gives us his take on Mark Twain and the book.

Music From The Show

  • Kar Kar Madison, “Boubacar Traore”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Radiohead, “Myxamatosis”
  • Ken Vandermark, “New Acrylic”
  • Volcano Choir, “Sleepymouth”
  • Charles Mingus, “Open Letter to Duke”
  • Roger Miller “Entr’acte ‘Big River’” performed by the 1985 Broadway “Big River” Orchestra
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February 27 5 Comments

After Red Carpet Controversy, A Look At The History Of Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks go back "thousands and thousands of years," according to professor Bert Ashe, who also shares his own dreadlocks stories.

February 27 12 Comments

More Parents Say No To Standardized Testing

A growing number of parents and students are deciding to "opt out" of assessment tests.

February 26 35 Comments

That Political Bumper Sticker Could Cost You Your Job

In most states in the country, labor laws will not protect you from getting fired over a political bumper sticker.

February 26 3 Comments

Remote Mexican Villages Build Their Own Cell Networks

Thanks to cheaper technology, community organizers and computer hackers are bypassing the big cell companies.