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Gulf Coast Braces For Oil As Industry Execs Play Blame Game

A Blackhawk helicopter prepares to drop sandbags in their efforts to dam off part of the marsh on Elmer's Island in Grand Isle, La.  (AP)
A Blackhawk helicopter prepares to drop sandbags in their efforts to dam off part of the marsh on Elmer's Island in Grand Isle, La. (AP)

BP's Safety Record

We look at BP's safety record with investigative journalist, Tom Bower. Bower maintains that BP put cost-cutting ahead of safety on the Deepwater Horizon rig. He's author of the forthcoming book, "Oil: Money, Politics, and Power in the 21st Century."

Business Of Medical Marijuana Booms In Montana

More than a dozen states have laws legalizing medical marijuana and some of them are scrambling to deal with the ramifications. One of them is Montana, which now has about 15,000 eligible patients and 5,000 eligible caregivers. Montana State Sen. Dave Lewis, a Republican from Helena, is drafting legislation that would help his state better control medical marijuana and he joins us to talk about it.

The Elephant In The Bailout

That's what Gretchen Morgenson of the New York Times calls the on-going rescue of lending giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Both lenders are reporting new, multi-billion dollar losses, which will bring to $145-billion the total spent to rescue them so far. Republicans say Fannie and Freddie have become a slush fund at taxpayer expense, while the administration has argued that keeping the lenders in business is crucial to the economy. Morgenson is business and financial editor and columnist for the New York Times.

Indian Musicians Pass On Traditional Drumming

Sheru Mayuddin sits by his family's drum set in Ahmedabad, India. (Jill Ryan)
Sheru Mayuddin sits by his family's drum set in Ahmedabad, India. (Jill Ryan)

Music From The Show

  • Air, "Mike Mills"
  • Art Blakey, "C.O.R.E."
  • Fugazi, "Sweet 'n Low"
  • Christian McBride, "Theme for Kareem"

This program aired on May 11, 2010.

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