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Monday November 8, 2010

U.S. Had Numerous Warnings About Mumbai Terror Plotter

ProPublica reports more details about the U.S. government’s contacts with David Coleman Headley, a central figure in the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai and a one-time informer for the Drug Enforcement Administration. At least five times, relatives or associates of Headley’s warned the U.S. government that Headley was working with or training militants in Pakistan.  Sebastian Rotella, senior reporter for Propublica, investigated why those warnings weren’t heeded.

President Obama Talks Trade And Security In India

U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, embrace following a joint statement and press conference in New Delhi, India. (AP)

As the president visits India as part of a ten day trip to Asia, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman says “do believe the hype” about India, China and globalization. Friedman is just back from his own trip to Asia, where in India he saw a rising tide of tech-savvy entrepreneurs investing in low-cost solutions to “every problem you can imagine.” He says their resourcefulness could affect business models around the world, and he joins us to explain.

Can Re-branding Fruit And Veggies Help Kids Make Healthier Choices?

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Scientists at Cornell University say if you want kids to eat better at school, you need to re-think how the food is presented. For instance, fruit needs to be moved from stainless steel bins tucked away in the corner to more attractive bowls; salad bars should be next to the check-out line. And carrots? Name them “x-ray vision carrots,” and grade school kids will gobble them up. We speak with David Just, co-director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell, about designing smarter cafeterias.

Healthcare 2.0: People Look For Cures And Community Online

When you get sick, is your first stop Google? According to a survey by Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, 61 percent of Americans turn to the web for online medical advice and information. And 20 percent of Americans have posted information about their health conditions at online forums. And new companies are popping up everyday that are connecting people via online communities so they can do everything from lose weight to start trials for new medications. We speak to Susannah Fox, associate director of digital strategy at Pew Internet and Mike Zani, CEO of Shape Up The Nation.

Author Dennis Lehane Continues ‘Gone Baby Gone’ Story

In his new novel, “Moonlight Mile,” author Dennis Lehane picks up the story of two detectives and lovers who were featured in his 1998 novel, “Gone Baby Gone.”  In that book, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro searched for four-year-old Amanda, who was kidnapped from her drug-addicted mother.  When they found her, Kenzie decided to return Amanda to her negligent mother, even though he kidnappers had offered the child a better life. That decision that caused a split between Kenzie and Gennaro.  In “Moonlight Mile,” set 12 years later, the two have reconciled and married and have a young daughter. But Amanda is missing again, and Patrick is determined to find her.

Music From The Show

  • Medeski, Martin and Wood, “Bloody Oil”
  • Ken Vandermark, “New Acrylic”
  • The Lickets, “Meat City”
  • Jimi Hendrix, “Crosstown Traffic”
  • Moby, “Myopia”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, “Moonlight Mile” performed by The Rolling Stones

From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

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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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