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Obama's Economic Chief Ignored Market Warnings

President Obama's chief economic adviser, Lawrence Summers, was warned about the dangers of investing in complex financial instruments when he was president of Harvard. An employee came to him, concerned that Harvard's endowment was taking too many risks. The employee was fired shortly thereafter. We talk to Beth Healy, investigative business reporter for the Boston Globe.

Rabies Season in Full Swing

It's rabies season, and strange things happen. We hear a cautionary tale from Arizona runner Michelle Felicetta, who survived a fox attack last fall, and we speak with Dr. Charles Rupprecht, chief of the rabies program at the Centers for Disease Control.

Massacre in Binghamton

Maria Zobniw was one of the people killed Friday at the American Civic Center in Binghamton. Mrs. Zobniw was working inside the center on Friday. We speak to Father Teodor Czabala of the Sacred Heart Ukranian Catholic Church about her.

Rainwater Barrel
Rainwater Barrel

Rainwater Harvesting in Colorado

In semi-arid Colorado, some residents collect rainwater in barrels for irrigating gardens or lawns even though it is illegal. Colorado law stipulates that rainwater should flow freely into the ground and streams because it's owned by the state and the people who pay for water rights. We speak with Frank Jaeger, district manager at the Parker Water and Sanitation District in Parker, Colorado. We also hear from Harold Smethills, a developer who's looking to build more than 10,000 homes in Southwest Denver that would use rainwater for landscaping.

Essential Pleasures

To celebrate National Poetry Month, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky is out with a new anthology of poems to be read aloud. He joins us in the studio, along with Jody Adams, owner and chef at the restaurant Rialto in Boston. They are among the participants in a poetry reading in Cambridge Tuesday night.
Poems read in this segment: "To Earthward" by Robert Robert Frost; "His Excuse for Loving" by Ben Jonson; "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll; "Old Man Leaving Party" by Mark Strand, "Variations On The Word Sleep," by Margot Atwood.

Music from the show

  • Sun Kil Moon, "Carry me Ohio"
  • Led Zeppelin, "Rain Song"
  • Fugazi, "Recap Modotti"

This program aired on April 6, 2009.

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