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Show Me the Money

60 mayors from around the country met with President Barack Obama today. They want to know how much money they can expect from the $787 billion stimulus package. We speak to Pat McCrory, the Republican mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina

Levittown, Pennsylvania

The Levitt family fulfilled the American dream of home ownership for millions of veterans after World War Two. But black veterans, and blacks in general, were excluded from these iconic suburbs. And when a black family tried to move into Levittown, Pennsylvania in 1957, it sparked an outbreak of racism. David Kushner tells the story in his new book, "Levittown: Two Famlies, One Tycoon And The Fight For Civil Rights In America's Legendary Suburb." We also speak to Daisy Myers. She was part of that first black family that moved into Levittown, Pennsylvania in 1957.

Breast Cancer Treatment and Health Care Rationing

A cautionary tale on health care rationing... from American writer Virginia Postrell (poss-STRELL) who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Her insurance paid for 17 doses of the drug Herceptin, which costs $60,000 and put her cancer in remission. But she discovered that the drug is rationed in New Zealand, which has a national health care system. Women there are having to pay out-of-pocket for the often life-saving drug. We speak with Virginia Postrell, contributing editor & columnist for The Atlantic magazine.

Racism in Cartoons

Wednesday's New York Post cartoon has sparked a national conversation about the role of race in cartooning. On Monday - two days before the Post cartoon came out - three editorial cartoonists shared their views on race in cartoons in a forum at the JKF Museum. We hear a piece of their conversation and then check in with one of the cartoonists, Joel Pett, to see if his opinion has changed in the light of the Post cartoon.

Oscar Nominated Cambodia Documentary

With the first war crimes trial of a senior Khmer Rouge official beginning this week in Cambodia, one of the candidates for Best Documentary Short in this Sunday's Oscars is particularly timely. "The Conscience of Nhem En" tells the story of Nhem En, who, as a 16 year old soldier, took thousands of photographs of people who were then imprisoned and tortured by the Khmer Rouge at the infamous Tuol Sleng prison. We speak with filmmaker Steven Okazaki.

Music from the Show

  • The Benevento, "Sunny's Song"

  • The Lickets, "Crowd of Pimps in the Rain"

  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"

  • J.S. Bach, “The Goldberg Variations” as performed by Mari Kodama

This program aired on February 20, 2009.


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