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Thursday November 4, 2010

Republicans Lay Groundwork For 2012 White House Run

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the Republican Party of Iowa's Ronald Reagan Dinner in September in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP)

Invigorated by the results of the midterm elections, several Republican politicians are already preparing for a possible presidential run in 2012. Exit polling in key primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina show voters prefer former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney, former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee and former vice presidential nominee and Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, though not necessarily in that order. We take a look at the road to the White House with O. Kay Henderson, news director for Radio Iowa and Felice Belman, editor of the Concord Monitor in Concord, New Hampshire.

Listener Letters: Four Loko, Tea Party Midterm Victories

We take a minute to hear from listeners after our recent segment on the alcoholic, uber-caffeinated Four Loko beverage and our interview with Diana Reimer, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots.

Will A Belly Dancer Shake Berlusconi From Office?

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi. (AP )

Italy’s flamboyant prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is in trouble again, and again it involves a young woman. This time her name is Ruby, a teenaged Moroccan belly dancer, who claims to have gone to parties at the 74-year-old Berlusconi’s home. There are questions about Berlusconi’s connections to the girl because he intervened with authorities to have her freed from police custodY. Critics are renewing their calls for his resignation. The BBC’s Duncan Kennedy reports on the latest scandal involving the Italian leader.

Teenage Voices Make Poems ‘Louder Than A Bomb’

Who says poetry is dead? In Chicago, the world’s largest youth poetry slam brings hundreds of Chicago kids together to face off.  A documentary called “Louder Than A Bomb” follows the kids. We speak with two of them: Nova Venerable, who represented Oak Park River Forest High, and Lamar Jorden, of Steinmetz High School.

Music From The Show

  • Peter Dixon, “Nagog Woods”
  • Ken Vandermark, “New Acrylic”
  • Charles Mingus, “Open Letter to Duke”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”

Experts share a range of perspectives on how to combat the Islamic State militant group, and the role the U.S. should play.

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

November 25 3 Comments

Rapper Le1f Finds Struggle And Moral Diversity In American Music

We've been asking musicians what they think of when they think "American music." Today we hear from Khalif Diouf, aka Le1f.

November 24 7 Comments

Ferguson: One Year Later

City council member Wesley Bell looks back on the past year since protests and violence swept the Missouri city.

November 24 3 Comments

Sam Sifton’s Tips For A Happy, Delicious Thanksgiving For All

The New York Times' food editor talks about his favorite dishes and how to accommodate everyone without going crazy.

November 23 3 Comments

James Taylor Is ‘Gobsmacked’ By Medal Of Freedom Honor

The five-time Grammy winner looks back on his career, ahead of receiving the country's highest civilian honor.