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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”
Robin and Jeremy

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

November 20 3 Comments

The Man Behind ‘Mockingjay’

Francis Lawrence describes the rewards and challenges of bringing "The Hunger Games" books to the screen.

November 20 Comment

Iraq War Vet Wins National Book Award For Fiction

The judges described the short stories in Phil Klay's collection "Redeployment" as brutal, piercing and sometimes darkly funny.

November 19 10 Comments

New Film Revisits The Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Case

The Penn State assistant football coach will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, but that's not the end of the story.

November 19 219 Comments

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

Edward Baptist argues in his new book that slavery was integral to establishing the America as a world economic power.