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The oil damaged shoreline in the Northern reaches of Barataria Bay, La. (AP)
The oil damaged shoreline in the Northern reaches of Barataria Bay, La. (AP)

A Look At The Week In Oil: Oval Office Address, Escrow Fund And BP Hearings

A look at how President Obama fared in a week that included a visit to the Gulf, an Oval Office address, a $20 billion escrow account from BP, and a Texas Republican Congressman who was rebuked by his own party for apologizing to BP. Meanwhile are the Democrats getting sticker shock on other initiatives? Even relatively modest spending proposals, like extending benefits to the unemployed and giving aid to schools are stalled in Congress. We take stock and look to the week ahead with Rick Klein, senior Washington news editor for ABC World News and host of the network's political webcast, "Top Line."

Federal Response To Oil Gusher Marred By Disagreement And Indecision

The federal government sprang into action early following the blowout of the BP well. But along the Gulf, there are plenty of signs that the response has faltered, from the installation of boom to use of oil-dispersing chemicals and the building of berms to block the oil. Jeffrey Ball, environment editor at the Wall Street Journal, concludes that responders are failing because institutions and equipment are not designed to handle a disaster of this magnitude.

Controversy Hangs Over Little-Known South Carolina Senate Nominee

South Carolina Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alvin Greene. (AP)
South Carolina Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alvin Greene. (AP)

Lakers Celebrate 16th Title, Celtics Bemoan Missed Opportunity

Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher, center, holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy as Kobe Bryant, right, holds the MVP trophy as they celebrate after beating the Boston Celtics, 83-79, in Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals. (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher, center, holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy as Kobe Bryant, right, holds the MVP trophy as they celebrate after beating the Boston Celtics, 83-79, in Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals. (AP)

Listener Letters: Was BP's 'Small People' Comment Lost In Translation?

We hear from listeners after our recent segments about Swedish BP board chair Carl Henric Svanberg's use of the phrase "small people," and BP's $20 billion escrow fund.

Haitian-American Violinist Moves Beyond Classical To Lady Gaga

Violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain at WBUR studios in Boston. (Doug Shugarts)
Violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain at WBUR studios in Boston. (Doug Shugarts)

Music From The Show

  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • The Wee Trio, "About a Girl"
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
  • Charles Mingus, "Pedal Point Blues"
  • DBR (Daniel Bernard Roumain) “Armstrong”
  • DBR, Jim Robertson, & Kenny Growhowski “Spaceships Over Haiti”
  • Jim Robertson, Kenny Growhowski, & Wynn Bennett (Co-arrangers) “Our Country”
  • DBR “The Loss”
  • DBR “Moonshine”

This program aired on June 18, 2010.

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