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Wednesday November 10, 2010

Christians Face Stepped-up Attacks In Iraq

A string of bombings targeted Christian houses in Baghdad killing and wounding several people, police said. (AP Photo)

Iraqi officials say bombings have targeted Baghdad’s Christian neighborhoods, killing at least four people. The attacks underscore the threat to Iraq’s minority Christian community following the church massacre last week that left 58 people dead. Al-Qaida militants have claimed responsibility for that attack. The BBC’s Jim Muir joins us from Baghdad.

Film Says Professors Share Blame For Wall Street Crash


Who put millions out of work, destroyed hundreds of billions of dollars in net worth, nearly toppled countries and the world economy? In the new documentary, “Inside Job,” filmmaker Charles Ferguson says business school and economics professors share the blame. In addition to out-of-control Wall Street financiers and asleep-on-the-job regulators, Ferguson’s documentary shows how some professors played a key role in the crisis by lauding financial industry practices that weren’t working, as they took home millions from Wall Street firms.

Map Points Can Create Safer Passwords

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How many passwords do you have? There’s your home email, your work email, Facebook, online banking, the list goes on. What if instead of typing in letters and numbers, you could choose a point on a map as your password? Bill Cheswick is the lead member of the technical staff at AT&T Research and he says using maps could be easier and more secure than the passwords we use now.

Medical Workers Say Haiti Needs Money Now To Recover

Medical officials are predicting that cholera will become a way of life in Haiti over the next few years, and that the disease could kill as many people as the January 12th earthquake did. Ten months after that earthquake, reconstruction has barely begun. And while more than $1 billion in  U.S. emergency aid has reached Haiti, large installments of the $1.5 billion in long-term aid have not reached Haiti. The State Department says Haiti still has to prove the money won’t be stolen or misused. Dr. Joia Mukherjee is medical director of the non-profit health care organization, Partners in Health, and she thinks the U.S. should send that money to the Haitian government now.

This Picture Book Is ‘The Cat’s Pajamas’

"The Cat’s Pajamas" by Wallace Edwards, published by Kids Can Press.

It’s a “piece of cake” to have “more fun than a barrel of monkeys” by browsing through Canadian illustrator Wallace Edwards’ new book, “The Cat’s Pajamas.” Edwards really “uses his noodle” to make visual magic out of everyday idioms. The book is great fun for adults, but can also help young children discover the secret conventions of language and irony.

Music From The Show

  • Dean and Britta, “Herringbone Tweed”
  • Christian McBride, “Theme for Kareem”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • Ken Vandermark, “New Acrylic”
  • Volcano Choir, “Sleepymouth”
  • Benny Weinbeck “The Cat’s Pajamas”
  • http://cyberfumes.blogspot.com Dave Eger

    Can rain collection systems provide drinking water?

  • Drexel

    For passwords I use a consistent 4 letter combo easily remembered (by me) such as mother’s maiden name, then another consistent 3 number combo such as an old phone or address number and then make it unique to the website by adding the first 2 letters of the name (ie am for amazon). This way I can make all the passwords different but easily remembered. Thanks for the most enjoyable personality on the radio. Drex.

  • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

    We’re not suffering from compassion fatigue with regard to Haiti. Haiti has been an independent nation for about as long as the United States. We’ve been giving aid for the better part of a century. We’re tired of a lack of achievement on the part of the Haitians. There comes a point when we just have to wish someone good luck, but give no more help.

  • Valerie Smith

    Very interesting interview with Charles Ferguson; thank you for sharing this.

  • http://www.ifredsayred.com Jack Cole

    For passwords, I’ve started using a Password Card [www.passwordcard.org]. Complex passwords are easily generated and retrieved!

    Thank you for the very interesting show!
    -
    Jack

  • Tyler Alvare

    Protip: instead of adding a number to your password, hold down the shift key while you enter that number. That way you only need to remember the relevant number, but your password is actually a mix of random characters.

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