Show rundown for 1/15/2007

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Condoleezza Rice in the Mideast

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with diplomats and leaders in Egypt and Saudi Arabia today. We look at what moderate Arab governments plan to tell Rice.

U.S. Raids Against Iran

Over the past three weeks, two sets of raids and newly revealed orders issued by President Bush, have some wondering if the U.S. is opening a new front in the war on terror — against Iran. Administration officials say that effort has a limited goal of preventing Iranians from aiding in attacks on American and Iraqi forces inside Iraq. We'll talk with Mark Hosenball of Newsweek Magazine about the administration's agenda.

Washington State Prison Population Study

We talk with Ingrid Binswager, researcher at the University of Colorado in Denver, about her study of the Washington State prison population that shows that after as soon as two weeks after their release prisoners are much more likely to die than their counterparts in the general population.

"Alive in Baghdad"

Brian Conley is a young documentary filmmaker who went to Iraq, handed out video cameras to Iraqis, taught them how to use them and post their own stories on the Internet. We'll talk to Conley about his "vlogging" program called "Alive in Baghdad."

New Hampshire's "View Tax"

In New Hampshire property taxes are indexed to the view that your home affords you. The better the view, the higher the tax. We talk with Tom Holmes, a property assessor, about this unusual tax and with Tom Thomson who is leading a move to get rid of the so-called "view tax."

"Project Step"

We profile "Project Step" which is in its 25th year of providing access to classical music for Black and Latino youth. We meet the project's artistic director in Boston William Thomas and Tony Rymer, a 17 year old cellist.

This program aired on January 15, 2007.


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