Show rundown for 9/17/2007

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Attorney General

President Bush chooses retired federal judge Michael B. Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales. Will Mukasey sail through the confirmation process? We look at his record with Evan Perez of the Wall Street Journal.


Is the U.S. preparing to strike Iran? France's foreign minister warns that the world should prepare for war over Iran's nuclear program. A report in the Sunday Telegraph reports that Pentagon planners have drawn up a list of 2,000 bombing targets in Iran.

Dealing with Drought

Drought continues to plague some parts of the U.S. The hardest hit region is the Southeast. Host Robin Young talks with John Henry Smith, a cattle farmer in southern Virginia about how he's dealing with the dry spell.

4H Girls

Producer Nikki Tundel takes us to the annual Minnesota State Fair in Saint Paul to meet two teenage girls, active members of the their local 4H club, and find out what these farm kids do in the big city when they're not tending to their prized animals.

Favorite Opera Mash-ups

Two new productions from Minneapolis's Theatre de la Jeune Lune borrow elements from some of the world's most enduring operas and contemporary popular culture to present fresh works. We hear from the actors, singers and creators of a new production called "Figaro" at Harvard's American Repertory Theatre, which sets the servant Figaro and his master the Count from Rossini, Mozart and Beaumarchais's operas in Paris after the French Revolution has abolished the hierarchy which once defined their relationship.

This program aired on September 17, 2007.

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