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Oil absorbent material boom and oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is seen on Elmer's Island in Grand Isle, La. (AP)
Oil absorbent material boom and oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is seen on Elmer's Island in Grand Isle, La. (AP)

BP Begins 'Top Kill' As Officials Get Grilled

BP goes ahead with a "top kill," to stem the flow of oil into the gulf, as hearings into the disaster take place on both Capitol Hill and in Louisiana. We speak with Stephen Power of the Wall Street Journal.

A Harvard Psychologist Gets The Hollywood Treatment

Dr. Ellen Langer (courtesy Ellen Langer)
Dr. Ellen Langer (courtesy Ellen Langer)

The Harsh Lives Of Kabul's Street Children

BBC reporter Lyse Doucet meets some of the children trying to make a living on the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Islamic Center Near 'Ground Zero' Gets Initial OK

The audience at a lower Manhattan community board meeting listens to speakers discuss plans for a proposed mosque and cultural center to be named Cordoba House, located blocks from Ground Zero. (AP)
The audience at a lower Manhattan community board meeting listens to speakers discuss plans for a proposed mosque and cultural center to be named Cordoba House, located blocks from Ground Zero. (AP)

How Students React To Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

When our guest Paula Marantz Cohen first began teaching Shakespeare nearly 30 years ago, her students routinely thought of the Jewish merchant Shylock as the play's villain. Today's students, brought up on ideas of diversity and sensitivity to bullying, are more likely to see him as the hero. While she is happy they can see the full humanity of the Jewish character, she worries they may be missing Shakespeare's point, that mercy trumps justice. Paula Marantz Cohen is professor of Philosophy and English at Drexel University.

Music From The Show

Steve Reich and Pat Metheny, "Electric Counterpoint"
Freddie Hubbard, "Little Sunflower"
The Lickets, "Serial East"
The Wee Trio, "Flint"
Dntel, "Last Songs"
Talking Heads, "This Must Be the Place"
Alonso Mudarra, "Fantasia que contrahaze la harpa en la manera de Ludovico" performed by Lutz Kurchhof

This program aired on May 26, 2010.

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