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Lawmakers Wrap Up Health Care Legislation

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Tucson office was vandalized after the health care reform vote. (AP)
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Tucson office was vandalized after the health care reform vote. (AP)

During an all-night session, Republican senators succeeded in making some minor changes to the bill of fixes to the new health care reform law. That will force another House vote on the legislation. Democrats say they're on track to send the bill to President Obama this afternoon. Meanwhile, the FBI is looking into threats of violence against at least ten members of Congress who voted for health care reform. We have an update from David Lightman, Capitol Hill correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers.  We also speak to Karen Tumulty of Time magazine about how the new health care law will affect the insured and uninsured, seniors, the poor, children and more.

March Madness Marches On

Cornell's Adam Wire (24) and Wisconsin's Ryan Evans fight over a rebound during the second half of an NCAA second-round college basketball game in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP)
Cornell's Adam Wire (24) and Wisconsin's Ryan Evans fight over a rebound during the second half of an NCAA second-round college basketball game in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP)

The Sweet Sixteen round gets underway tonight and the big question is: how will Cinderella team Cornell fare against powerhouse Kentucky? We pose that question to Bob Ryan, who's covering the games for the Boston Globe.

For Two Million Americans, Water Isn't On Tap

Robert Martin (in foreground) and his neighbors, Jenise Davis and Lewis Carson are fighting to get municipal water. (Courtesy Katti Gray)
Robert Martin (in foreground) and his neighbors, Jenise Davis and Lewis Carson are fighting to get municipal water. (Courtesy Katti Gray)

Roughly two million Americans don't have adequate access to water. They either have no indoor plumbing, or have to dig their own wells and treat their own water to get water flowing into their homes. Why are some Americans still living without water? We talk to Robert Martin of Ruleville, Mississippi, who has been leading a seven year fight to get municipal water into his community. We also hear from Stephen Gasteyer of the University of Michigan on why some Americans don't have water and what's being done to solve the problem.

Pope Declined To Defrock Priest Accused Of Abusing Children

The New York Times reports that the Vatican failed to take action against an abusive priest in Milwaukee, even though two Wisconsin bishops urged the Vatican to discipline him. Fr. Lawrence Murphy was accused of molesting some 200 boys at a school for the deaf outside of Milwaukee. In 1996, then-Cardinal Ratzinger failed to respond to concerns brought to him by American bishops.

A Composer Writes From His Own Heartbreak

Lorraine Hunt (Courtesy Boston Symphony Orchestra)
Lorraine Hunt (Courtesy Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Peter Lieberson composed the song cycle "Neruda Songs" as a farewell for his second wife, singer Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson who sang at the premiere before she died of breast cancer in 2006. Tonight, the Boston Symphony Orchestra premieres Lieberson's companion piece to the work "Songs of Love and Sorrow" which not only expresses the grief in Lieberson's life but his rediscovery of love. Here and Now's Andrea Shea brings us the story.

Music From The Show

  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Christian McBride, "Brother Mister"
  • Freddie Hubbard, "Little Sunflower"
  • The Wee Trio, "Flint"
  • Rodrigo and Lopez, "Logos"
  • Peter Lieberson, “Neruda Songs” performed by Lorraine Hunt Lieberson with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Peter Lieberson, “Songs of Love and Sorrow” performed by Gerald Finley with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

This program aired on March 25, 2010.

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