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The Health of U.S. Banks

Big banks, small banks, a tax cut for Citigroup and more with Binyamin Applebaum of the Washington Post joins us.

Islam in Chinese Characters

There are over 20 million Muslims in China, in every province of the country, and they have been there for over a thousand years. Our guest, Jackie Armijo, has been following what she says is a revival in Islamic schools in China, many of them founded by young women in the country's poorest regions. Armijo is associate professor of humanities and social sciences at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, where she studies Islam in Asia.

Mexican Drug War

Josefa Angulo Flores, center, and Irma Cordova, center right, aunt and mother, respectively, of Mexican soldier Melquisedet Angulo attend Angulo's funeral in Paraiso, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. Assailants on Tuesday gunned down Flores, Cordova and Angulo's siblings. Angulo was killed in a raid that took out one of Mexico's most powerful cartel leaders , sending a chilling message to troops battling the drug war. (AP)
Josefa Angulo Flores, center, and Irma Cordova, center right, aunt and mother, respectively, of Mexican soldier Melquisedet Angulo attend Angulo's funeral in Paraiso, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. Assailants on Tuesday gunned down Flores, Cordova and Angulo's siblings. Angulo was killed in a raid that took out one of Mexico's most powerful cartel leaders , sending a chilling message to troops battling the drug war. (AP)

Living to 100

What’s the secret to living longer? Is it exercise, a healthy diet, or just good genes? We revisit a conversation with Dr. Thomas Perls, director of the New England Centenarian Study. He studied 1,500 centenarians and shares what he learned from them.

Belmont Madrigals

For months now amateur singing groups have been practicing their selections of holiday music to perform in their communities. Here & Now’s George Hicks followed one such group - the Madrigal singers from Belmont High School in Belmont, Massachusetts, during their busiest week of the year.

Music from the Show

  • Greyboy Allstars, "V-Neck Sweater"
  • Gypsy Kings, "Hotel California"
  • The Clash, "London Calling"
  • Rush, "In the End"
  • Got to Give, "Somethings"
  • U2, "Out of Control"

This program aired on December 23, 2009.

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