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The G-20: What Does it Mean?

The G20 meeting ends in London with a pledge to regulate large hedge funds and pump more money into international trade. The BBC's business correspondent Mark Gregory joins us from London to assess the G20 Comminque and what it means going forward.

Thinking about Death

End of life issues like living wills and hospice care are things that nobody wants to talk about, but New York Times health columnist Jane Brody wants to change that. Her new book "Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life" covers both medical and emotional issues that Brody feels we all need to address before they're imminent.

Money Quiz

You've been following the news--what's the total amount the U.S. government has lent, spent, and committed to rescuing financial markets and the American economy? One estimate is $12.8 trillion. We'll break down the numbers with Rick Newman, chief business correspondent for U.S. News and World Report.

Brush Cat

A new book introduces us to the lives of independent loggers in New Hampshire. They're called Brush Cats and it's getting more and more difficult for them to make a living. Journalist Jack McEnany profiles these loggers in his new book, "Brush Cat: On Trees, The Wood Economy And The Most Dangerous Job In America." Here and Now's Alex Ashlock traveled to Franconia, NH, to meet the author and a logger named Bob Benson.

Upcoming readings by Jack McEnany:

  • Barnes and Noble in Kearney Square in Lowell, MA on April 11th, 2 pm.
  • Gibson's Bookstore on South Main St in Concord, NH on April 16th, 7 pm.

Looking Through the Lens of History

Franklin Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts examining Galileo's original telescope. (Franklin Institute)
Franklin Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts examining Galileo's original telescope. (Franklin Institute)

Galileo Galilei built dozens of telescopes back in the 16th century when he changed the world and sparked a debate between religion and science that's still raging. Only two of the instruments exist today. One of them is now at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, and it is the centerpiece of a new exhibit: "Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy." We talk with Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute who has peered down the lens of Galileo's looking glass.

Music from the show

Mike Mills, "Air"
Tortoise, "Speakeasy"
Bertil Farnlof, "Dances from Terpsichore"

This program aired on April 2, 2009.

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