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Rundown for December 11, 2008

Illinois Corruption Scandal Creates Headache for Obama

President-elect Barack Obama is being hit with questions over how much he and his staff knew about the investigation into Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich’s alleged scheme to sell Obama’s Senate seat.

Novelist Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb’s first two books, “She’s Come Undone” and “I Know This Much Is True” were both acclaimed best sellers.

Praying for the Auto Industry

Sports

Even professional sports is feeling the strain of the economy. Bill Littlefield of Only A Game joins us.

Before Sarah Palin, There Was Michael Palin

We revisit our conversation with comedian Michael Palin of the famed Monty Python Troupe.

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Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

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

December 18 Comment

College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

December 18 15 Comments

America’s Political Dynasties

Americans under 38 have only experienced one presidential election that did not involve a Bush or a Clinton.

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.