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A U.S. soldier browses items at a market in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Fraidoon Pooyaa)
A U.S. soldier browses items at a market in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Fraidoon Pooyaa)

Saving Afghanistan, Iraq

President Obama is sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. But our guest, Rory Stewart, thinks that less money and fewer troops might be a better strategy. Stewart heads the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard's Kennedy School. He's the author of "The Places in Between," and "The Prince of the Marshes."

Who Will Get Mortgage Help?

Nicolas Retsinas, director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard, joins us to sort out who will be able to get help with their mortgages under President Obama's $75-billion housing rescue plan.

Arts in Crisis

Advocates for the arts say the recession could kill off 10,000 arts groups this year. How can they stay afloat? We get some advice from Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. He recently launched "Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative," a free consulting service for arts organizations in trouble.

Homeowner Help Protest

For some, CNBC reporter Rick Santelli hit a nerve when he railed against President Obama's plan to bail out some homeowners who can't pay their mortgages. Small business owner John Shilling was one of the people inspired to organize a protest; he's encouraging people not to pay their income tax.

Watchmen Worth Watching?

The cult favorite comic book series and graphic novel "Watchmen" makes its big screen debut tomorrow. Here and Now's pop culture critic Renee Graham gives us her take on the novel, the film, and the other pop event of the week: The release of the new U2 album "No Line on the Horizon".

Music From the Show

  • The Lickets, "Crowd of Pimps in the Rain"
  • The Lickets, "Meat City"
  • Moby, "Myopia"

This program aired on March 5, 2009.

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