Show rundown for 12/4/2007

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Bush Press Conference

A report on this morning's presidential news conference from Jon Ward, a reporter for the Washington Times. We will discuss the president's reaction to the recent intelligence report about Iran.

National Intelligence Estimate on Iran

We discuss the implications of the new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran that says Iran hasn't pursued a covert nuclear weapons program since 2003. Our guest is Eric Rosenbach, former staff member for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and national security adviser for U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE).

Sewage to Drinking Water

Critics call it toilet to tap but supporters say it's not that direct. Orange County California is opening what officials call the world's largest plant devoted to purifying sewage water to increase drinking water supplies. We speak with the project manager, Shivaji Deshmukh, who says the treated sewage is so pure after this treatment process that minerals must be added back after the process.

Mail Carrier Stories

We see our mail carriers most days of the year. They know a whole lot about us, and we might know their names, but not much else. Now thanks to two women in the Boston area we're going to learn their stories. Kate Drury is a longtime mail carrier in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Lois Hill is a retired elementary school teacher and former mail carrier. The two friends are collecting stories from mail men and women around the country for a new book. The proceeds will benefit the Postal Employee Relief Fund.

Nick Drake

Though his albums found little success before his death in 1974, British singer-songwriter Nick Drake is now finding a new and appreciative audience. "Fruit Tree", a new box set of his work is being released today; it contains three CDs and the BBC documentary "Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake". We revisit a conversation we had with Trevor Dann, author of "Darker than the Deepest Sea: The Search for Nick Drake" about the life of this troubled musician.

This program aired on December 4, 2007.

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