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Supreme Court Justice Stevens Announces Retirement

Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the Supreme Court today.
Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the Supreme Court today.

The Supreme Court's oldest member and its leading liberal is retiring. Justice John Paul Stevens informed President Barack Obama of his decision in a one-paragraph letter received at the White House this morning. The move gives Obama his second high court opening to fill, and Stevens says he hopes his successor will be confirmed "well in advance" of the court's next term.  We speak with George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley.

'Rock And Roll Will Save Your Life'

Steve Almond is the author of the new book, "Rock and Roll Will Safe Your Life." (Courtesy Stephen SetteDucat)
Steve Almond is the author of the new book, "Rock and Roll Will Safe Your Life." (Courtesy Stephen SetteDucat)

Author and Here and Now literary critic Steve Almond has had a long love affair with music - so deep that he calls himself a "drooling fanatic." He talks to us about what music has meant to him throughout his life, and what listening to music does to the listener, topics he explores in his book "Rock And Roll Will Save Your Life."

Russia, US Watch Unrest In Kyrgyzstan

The remote nation of Kyrgyzstan is the only country is in the world with Russian and U.S. military bases and right now both major powers are watching closely, after Kyrgyzstan's president was forced to flee this week. Dozens were killed by security forces as the opposition government assumed power in the Central Asian nation. The BBC's Rayhan Demytrie joins us from Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek.

Diplomat To Be Sent Back To Qatar

The Qatari diplomat who set off a national terrorism scare with his responses to federal air marshals while in flight will be sent back home by his own government. The diplomat was flying from Washington D.C. to Denver to visit a confessed Al Qaeda member. We talk with New York Times National Security reporter Scott Shane.

Carol Burnett Reflects On A Lifetime In Comedy

In this Sept. 1967 file photo, Harvey Korman holds the face of Carol Burnett during a routine on "The Carol Burnett Show."(AP)
In this Sept. 1967 file photo, Harvey Korman holds the face of Carol Burnett during a routine on "The Carol Burnett Show."(AP)

Who could ever forget Carol Burnett as Scarlett O'Hara with a curtain rod sticking out of her drapery-made gown? Or her turn as the working class, Eunice, who exchanged hilarious barbs with her momma? And that Tarzan call still reverberates across television history. Those are some of the hallmarks from her incredibly popular, "The Carol Burnett Show." Carol Burnett shares these stories and more in her new memoir, "This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection."

  • Read: First chapter of Carol Burnett's new memoir, where she has a hilarious first encounter with Jimmy Stewart
  • Music From The Show

      Music From Steve Almond's Interview: 
    • The Sex Pistols, “Anarchy in the U.K”
    • Chuck Prophet, “Summertime Thing”
    • Prince, “Nothing Compares 2 U” performed by Sinead O’Connor
    • Tommy Shaw, “Renegade” performed by Styx
    • The Police, “Can’t Stand Losing You”
    • Stevie Wonder, “Sir Duke”
    • Toto, “Africa”
    • Jose Gonzalez, “Down the Line”
    • Neko Case, “We’ve Never Met”
    • “Georgia On My Mind” performed by Willie Nelson
    • Rob Hyman and Cyndi Lauper, “Time after Time” performed by Cyndi Lauper
    • U2, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
    • Ike Reilly, “Hip Hop Thighs #17”
    • Boris McCutcheon, “Santa Rosa Plums”
    • Metallica, “Enter Sandman”
    • Joe Henry, “Fuse”
    • Music From the Rest of the Show:
    • Freddie Hubbard, "Little Sunflower"
    • Christian McBride, "Brother Mister"
    • Radiohead, "There, There"
    • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"


This program aired on April 9, 2010.

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