Show rundown for 6/13/2008

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Iowa Flooding

With nine rivers at or above historic flood levels, dozens of bridges destroyed, and thousands evacuated, the Governor of Iowa has declared 83 of the state's 99 counties disaster areas. We'll get an update from Josh Hinckle, anchor and reporter for KCRG TV 9, the ABC affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak, the writer and illustrator of such children's classics as "Where the Wild Things Are" and "In the Night Kitchen," looks back on his life in art and reflects on turning 80 this week. A major exhibit of his work is now open at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia.

Parental Leave

A new report finds that at many workplaces across the nation parental leave time is on the decline. Today, only sixteen percent of employers offer fully paid leave for parents, that's down thirty percent from just ten years ago. Our guest is Sue Shellenberger who wrote about the report's findings in one of her recent columns for the Wall Street Journal.


Listener comments on some of our recent stories.


We discuss last night's "historic" comeback by the Boston Celtics over the Los Angeles Lakers to take Game 4 and a commanding 3-1 lead in the N.B.A. championship series with Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's "Only a Game."

Ellis Paul

Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul wanted his two young daughters to listen to his music, so he wrote and recorded "The Dragonfly Races", a mixture of catchy songs, lessons and fun for them and for children everywhere. He performs for us, and talks about the CD.

This program aired on June 13, 2008.


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