Rundown for 01/22

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Taking a step to fulfill one of his major campaign promises, President Barack Obama issued an executive order today to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center within a year. However, the plan faces significant hurdles. Scott Silliman, professor of law at Duke University, joins us to discuss them.

Stories of an Abortion Doctor

On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we rebroadcast our conversation with Dr. Susan Wicklund. She has written about her life as an abortion provider in the book, "This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor."

White House Redecoration

The Obamas have announced that California-based interior decorator Michael Smith will lead their White House redecoration project. Our guest, Deborah Needleman, says the White House is both a museum and a living home, and she's arguing that the Obamas should follow the example of Jacqueline Kennedy in stressing the living over the museum. Needleman is founding editor in chief of Domino magazine and co-author of "Domino: The Book of Decorating."

First Kids

How have the children of presidents fared growing up in the White House? We speak to Noah McCullough, the 13-year-old author of the book, "First Kids: The True Stories of All the Presidents' Children."

Slumdog Millionaire

The sleeper hit film about a young man from a Mumbai slum who is poised to win the top prize on India's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" picked up ten Academy Award nominations this morning, including Best Picture. The movie opens in India tomorrow. What will be the reaction to its grim portrayal of life on the streets? We speak to Cambridge resident Maya Chaudhari, who was born and raised in India, and also to Keshni Kashyap, who writes on Indian culture for the blog site "The Daily Beast."

This program aired on January 22, 2009.


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