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Oil emerges from a cap placed on the broken wellhead at the former site of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.  (AP)
Oil emerges from a cap placed on the broken wellhead at the former site of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. (AP)

BP Tests 'Great Big Faucet' To Turn Off Gushing Well

BP describes the new temporary cap it placed on the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico as a "great big faucet" that will be tested over the next day or two. If it works to turn off the flow of oil, BP can go ahead with permanently killing the well. In the meantime, oil drilling companies are reviewing the White House''s revised moratorium on deep water oil drilling. We speak with Washington Post reporter Joel Achenbach.

A Terrorism Expert Explores Personal Trauma

Jessica Stern is an internationally renowned expert on terrorism, but in her latest book, she explores her own personal terror-the time that she and her sister were raped as teenagers.  She writes about her own denial after the assault, and the skepticism of the local police about the crime.  Decades later Jessica investigated the crime and found out that her rapist had been responsible for more than forty other rapes and attempted rapes in the Boston area. We speak to Jessica about her book "Denial: A Memoir of Terror."  We also hear from Amy Vorenberg, who was also raped by Jessica's attacker.

Irish Government Investigates Death Of Children In State Care

A government investigation is underway in Ireland after the news that nearly 200 children in state care have died in the past 10 years. The investigation will determine whether the Irish health authorities failed to protect the children and what that might mean for the thousands of other children now in state care in Ireland. The BBC's Audrey Carville reports.

Only Children: Spoiled Imps Or Self-Assured Successes?

The Guttmacher Institute found that 64 percent of women say they can't afford to have another child in tough economic times and 44 percent say they'll either put off having another child or have fewer kids.  And since the early 1960s, the National Center for Health Statistics found that single child families have almost doubled.  Many people perceive only children as selfish, spoiled and lonely, and only 3 percent of Americans say they think one child is the ideal number of kids. But studies actually prove that "singletons" are well-adjusted and higher-achieving than their peers. Lauren Sandler of Time Magazine set out to debunk the "Only Child Myth" in this week's cover story.

(Wouter de Bruijn/Flickr)
(Wouter de Bruijn/Flickr)

Bring A Classic To The Beach

If the latest best-sellers hold no appeal for your vacation how about Bewoulf or Anna Karenina? Those are just two of the suggestions of author Jack Murnighan, who has a Ph.D in medieval and renaissance literature from Duke University. Jack feels that with a little judicious reading, the great books can be page turners. We revisit a conversation we had with Jack Murnighan about his book "Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature's Greatest Hits."

Music From The Show

  • Air, "Mike Mills"
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"
  • Sonny Rollins, "Get Happy"
  • Christian McBride, "Brother Mister"
  • The Wee Trio, "About a Girl"

This program aired on July 13, 2010.

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