Rundown 3/16

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Madoff Scandal

Federal prosecutors say they have notified a court in New York that they want the assets of Bernard Madoff's wife, including a penthouse in Manhattan, a Steinway piano, and millions of dollars.

10 Big Ideas

Time Magazine has published its annual report on the ten big ideas that are changing the world. Some are physical manifestations of our shifting values, like a reverse-exodus from the far out suburbs to more densely populated outlying city neighborhoods. Others are more conceptual, like jobs being the hot new assets... hotter than home ownership or stock portfolios. We speak to Lev Grossman, editor of the series.

Stability In Pakistan?

Supporters of the ousted chief justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court are celebrating today, after the government decided to reinstate Iftikhar Chaudury. He was the focus of opposition to the military rule of General Pervez Musharraf — opposition that eventually led to his resignation. But when Asif Ali Zardari took over as a civilian leader, Chaudury was still out of a job. The opposition threatened to march on the capital, Islamabad, but today's announcement prevented that. We speak to Khashif Qamar of the BBC's Urdu section.

A nearly 300-pound hog gets a drink of water, center, as it and others ready for slaughter at a farm outside Milford, Utah in October, 1997. (AP Photo)
A nearly 300-pound hog gets a drink of water, center, as it and others ready for slaughter at a farm outside Milford, Utah in October, 1997. (AP)

Death on a Factory Farm

A conversation with a man who does undercover investigations into allegations of animal cruelty on farms. One case he worked on is the subject of a new HBO film that premieres tonight. It's called "Death on a Factory Farm" and it focuses on the Wiles Farm in Creston, Ohio. The farm owner, his son and another worker were charged with animal cruelty as a result of his investigation.

Rihanna and Chris Brown: Kids React

As more details come out from pop-singer Chris Brown's alleged violent beating of his girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna, kids are saying some surprising things. A recent survey conducted by the Boston Public Health Commission found that nearly half of young people surveyed in Boston say Rihanna was responsible for the incident. We speak with teacher Nick Shiggs-Quiroga, a third grade teacher at Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts about the reaction of his students. We also hear from students at the Match public charter high school in Boston, and Deborah Weaver, founder and director of the non-profit "Girls Leap" violence prevention program.

Music from the Show

  • The Benevento, "Sunny's Song"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Tito Puente, "Royal T"
  • The Lickets, "Serial East"
  • Thelonius Monk, "Caravan"
  • Radiohead, "How to Disapear Completely"
  • Freddie Hubbard, "Little Sunflower" 
  • Chris Brown, "Kiss Kiss"
  • Rihanna, "Umbrella"
  • Badly Drawn Boy, "I love N.Y.E"

This program aired on March 16, 2009.


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