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Intelligence Failures in Attempted Christmas Bombing

President Obama said there was a systemic failure to connect the dots ahead of the attempted Christmas Day terrorist bombing aboard a Detroit bound passenger aircraft. We get the latest from the Wall Street Journal's Evan Perez on who knew what when, as well as more on the suspect's ties to Yemen, where the group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the attempted attack.

Child Care Expert Penelope Leach

If you're a parent, chances are you've had a copy of a Penelope Leach book in your home while raising your children. Leach has influenced generations of parents with her child-centered philosophy. Her latest book is "Child Care Today: Getting It Right for Everyone." We spoke to Penelope Leach when the book came out last year; and we're rebroadcasting that conversation today.

Residents in Northampton, Massachusetts Search for Answers After Suspected Arson

The remains of a house fire on 17 Fair St. is seen Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in Northampton, Mass. A father and son died in the house fire early Sunday morning as firefighters struggled to put out more than a half dozen blazes, authorities said.  (AP)
The remains of a house fire on 17 Fair St. is seen Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in Northampton, Mass. A father and son died in the house fire early Sunday morning as firefighters struggled to put out more than a half dozen blazes, authorities said. (AP)

Hundreds gathered in Northampton, Massachusetts last night to meet with the city's mayor and fire and police officials after 11 suspicious fires in houses and cars were reported this weekend. Authorities say they suspect arson and wonder if they are connected to mysterious fires in the past. We'll speak to Gerry Budgar, president of the Ward Three Neighborhood Association.

Editor and Publisher Folds

For more than a century, Editor and Publisher, covered the business of newspapers. Now like many of the publications it covered, Editor and Publisher has folded. We speak to Greg Mitchell, editor-in-chief.

Best Sports Books of 2009

Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's weekly sports show "Only A Game" joins us to talk about some of the best sports books he's read and reviewed over the course of 2009.

Music from the show

  • Air, "Mike Mills"
  • Charles Mingus, "Pedal Point Blues"
  • Freddie Hubbard, "Little Sunflower"
  • The Lickets, "Honey to Ashes"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Radiohead, "Where I End and You Begin"
  • Rolling Stones, "Miss You"

This program aired on December 30, 2009.

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