Show rundown for 7/4/2007

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BBC Reporter Alan Johnston Released

BBC reporter Alan Johnston is free after being held by kidnappers in Gaza for nearly 4 months.

The Fabric Of America

A 4th of July conversation with historian Andro Linklater, who argues in his new book "The Fabric of America: How our Borders and Boundaries Shaped the Country and Forged Our National Identity" that American identity was shaped by the boundaries drawn by the early surveyors. He says the borders they drew created property, uniting people in a desire for government and laws that would protect that property.

Lakota Artifacts

A crowd of protestors gathered outside the public library in Barre Massachusetts recently calling on the library to return a collection of artifacts to the descendants of Native Americans killed at Wounded Knee more than a century ago. Here and Now's David Boeri prepared a report on the controversy.

Best Bathrooms

Believe it or not, there is a contest to find the best public restroom in the United States. One of the 5 finalists is the restroom at the Vermont Marble Museum in Procter, Vermont. The owner of the museum gives us a tour.

The New Boston Tea Party

The Brits may have lost the Revolutionary War, but they still look and sound a lot more civilized when sitting down for a proper afternoon tea. A Bostonian sits down with an Englishman for a lesson in how to pour a proper tea and keep the leaves out of the harbor.

This program aired on July 4, 2007.


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