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Manuel Rei, a building maintenance supervisor at Builders Surplus in West Warwick, R.I., pumps floodwater from the building. (AP)
Manuel Rei, a building maintenance supervisor at Builders Surplus in West Warwick, R.I., pumps floodwater from the building. (AP)

Flooding Causes Massive Damage In Northeast

From southern Connecticut to Massachusetts, countless businesses and homes are pumping out after days of historic rainfalls. Interstate 95, which connects the northeast to New York, is closed in some spots due to flooding, and authorities are worried that some bridges are in danger of buckling. Some of the worst flooding happened in Rhode Island, where the Pawtuxet River crested, rising 12 feet above normal levels. We speak to Alan Fung, the mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island, where roads turned into rivers.

China Moves To Ease Tensions With US

China announced today that President Hu will attend an April summit on nuclear security in the U.S. Relations between the countries have been tense since President Obama's visit to China last year. While diplomatic tensions may be easing, China's showdown with Google continues. Our guest is John Pomfret, China correspondent for the Washington Post.

A Bishop Responds To Sex Abuse Crisis

Pope Benedict XVI holds up the Holy Gospel as he celebrates a Chrism Mass, in St. Peter's Basilica, on Holy Thursday. (AP)
Pope Benedict XVI holds up the Holy Gospel as he celebrates a Chrism Mass, in St. Peter's Basilica, on Holy Thursday. (AP)

Bishops in Europe say they underestimated the problem of clergy sex abuse and have encouraged some victims to consider filing criminal complaints against their abusers. This as Catholics observe Holy Week. Will American bishops and priests speak about the scandal this Easter? Our guest is Gerald Kicanas, bishop of Tucson, Arizona, and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Home Owners Walk Away From Underwater Mortgages

Banks and housing experts are keeping a watchful eye on the number of people who simply walk away and stop paying their mortgages, even though they can afford to pay. It's called a strategic default and it often happens when homeowners are underwater, where the home is worth less than the mortgage. About a third of the defaults in the U.S. fall into this category. We speak with Jon Maddux, a former real estate investor who founded a company called "You Walk Away" to counsel people on how to strategically default.

American Pop Inspires Africa's New Diva

Angelique Kidjo combines rhythm & blues, soul music, jazz, and Beninese melodies in her new album, OYO, (Courtesy Alexei Hay)
Angelique Kidjo combines rhythm & blues, soul music, jazz, and Beninese melodies in her new album, OYO, (Courtesy Alexei Hay)

In her new CD, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, Angelique Kidjo, pays tribute to American pop singers she heard growing up in the west African nation of Benin. Singers like Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin and James Brown. We speak with Kidjo about how that music influenced her style and about taking on the mantle of "Africa's New Diva" since the passing of Miriam Makeba.

Music From The Show

  • Mike Mills, "Air"
  • Herbie Hancock, "Watermelon Man"
  • Christian McBride, "Brother Mister"
  • Medeski, Martin and Wood, "Bloody Oil"
  • Angelique Kidjo, "Zelie"
  • Otis Redding arranged by Angelique Kidjo, "I’ve Got Dreams to Remember"
  • James Brown arranged by Angelique Kidjo, "Cold Sweat"
  • Aretha Franklin arranged by Angelique Kidjo, "Monfe Ran E/Baby, I Love You"
  • Curtis Mayfield arranged by Angelique Kidjo, "Move On Up"
  • Angelique Kidjo, "Babalo"
  • Solomon Linda arranged by Angelique Kidjo, "Mbube"

This program aired on April 1, 2010.

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