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Stimulus Plan Details

We speak with Jonathan Weisman, staff writer for the Wall Street Journal about the trickle-down effects of the stimulus package that lawmakers are expected to approve this week.

Lessons from Iraq Reconstruction

Before the Iraq war began, the Bush administration estimated the cost of the country's reconstruction to be $2.4 billion. The price tag today? Upwards of $120 billion and counting. And according to a recent government report, a lot of taxpayer money was wasted on projects that never succeeded. We speak to Stuart Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. His office's report is titled "Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience."

Online Dangers: Bullies vs. Sex Offenders

A recent study shows that bullying is a bigger threat to children online than sexual predators. This comes at the same time that MySpace revealed it had found and removed 90,000 registered sex offenders from its website. So where's the disconnect? We speak to Danah Boyd of Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, who headed the child safety study.

Anthropologist Fatally Attacked in Afghanistan

Anthropologist Paula Loyd was working alongside American troops in Afghanistan last year when she was fatally attacked by an Afghan man while speaking to locals about the price of cooking fuel. Moments after the attack, Loyd's colleague shot and killed the man. Farah Stockman tells their story in the Boston Globe.

The Week In Sports

As spring training gets underway, the steroid scandal continues to plague Major League Baseball. Our guest is Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's sports show, "Only A Game."

Getting to Yes

In the early 1970's Jim Mouradian of Winchester, Massachusetts had a dream fulfilled when he met up with his idol, Chris Squire, the bass player from the British progressive rock band, Yes. Here and Now's Tim Skoog brings us Jim's story.

This program aired on February 12, 2009.


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