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The New York Times reports today at least four top White House lawyers participated in discussions about whether to destroy videotapes that showed interrogations of detainees. The White House responding by saying the inference that the administration tried to mislead the public in this matter is "pernicious and troubling." Guests: Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times; Richard Wollfe of Newsweek


There is word today that FARC, the leftist insurgent group, will release three hostages. They are still holding more than 700 people captive, including a presidential candidate her running mate and the latter's child, born while in captivity. For more we turn to Adam Isacson, head of the Colombia program at the Center for International Policy in Washington D.C.


Time magazine names Russian President Vladimir Putin its "Person of the Year'' for 2007. The magazine's managing editor cites Putin's "extraordinary feat of leadership in taking a country that was in chaos and bringing it stability.'' We speak with Marshall Goldman, senior scholar at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard and author of the upcoming book, "Petrolstate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia."


It's been over 30 years since British author Susan Cooper wrote her Newberry honored series of children's books: "The Dark is Rising." But children still read and respond to her writing. Here & Now's Emiko Tamagawa caught up with Ms. Cooper when she visited the Haggerty School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to talk about the books' continuing appeal.


From a great new box of DVDs featuring vintage performances to a couple of Coles for Christmas stockings, Here and Now's jazz aficionado James Isaacs has a list of his picks for holiday gifts this year.

This program aired on December 19, 2007.

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