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TARP, Part 2

The Obama administration announced a new private-public partnership today to help banks sell off up to a trillion dollars in toxic assets. The plan would provide private investors, like hedge funds, with low-interest government loans to buy the assets. The government would also assume the lion's share of the risk if the assets lose value. But will private investors take part? We talk to Barry Ritholz, CEO of FusionIQ, an equity research firm.

Lessons From a Massachusetts School

One of President Obama's proposals to improve education, is to increase high school graduation rates. We take a look at the University Park Campus School, in Worcester, Massachusetts-- where drop-out rates have been reduced to zero. Our guests are Ricky Hall, Coordinator of the University Park Campus School and Student Anthony Hodges.

Electronic Medical Records

Part of President Obama's stimulus plan includes $19 billion dollars to expand the use of electronic medical records in Doctor's offices. We speak with Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the Assistant Commissioner in the New York City Health Department about whether the technology will save lives.

Supreme Court Considers 'Hillary: The Movie'

The future of political ads is at stake this week as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments tomorrow in the case of "Hillary: The Movie", a 90-minute anti-Hillary Clinton film which producers planned to air on television during the 2008 primaries until courts intervened in the name of campaign finance laws. We speak to George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, who's teaching a class on the case.

Financial Planner's Advice on Protecting Savings

David McPherson is a financial planner who says that despite recent stock market losses, it's still worth it to add to 401k plans. McPherson works in Falmouth, Massachusetts and writes an online financial planning column for ABC News.

Mount Redoubt in Alaska on Sunday March 22, 2009. (AP)
Mount Redoubt in Alaska on Sunday March 22, 2009. (AP)

Alaskan Volcano Erupts

In Alaska, about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, Mount Redoubt erupted four times overnight in the state's first volcanic eruption in 20 years. We hear more from John Power, a Geophysicist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

The Death of British Reality TV Star Jane Goody

Jade Goody, the young woman who catapulted to reality TV fame after she appeared on the British show 'Big Brother,' died on Sunday at the age of 27. Her battle against cervical cancer was the last chapter in her very public life, the cameras filming everything from the moment she got the diagnosis to her chemotherapy. The BBC's Vincent Dowd examines her life and the meaning of celebrity today.

Music From the Show

  • Thelonius Monk, "Caravan"
  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Freddie Hubbard, "Little Sunflower
  • Massive Attack, "Future Proof"
  • Radiohead, "Morning Bell"
  • The Lickets, "Meat City"
  • Steve Earle, "Transcendental Blue"

This program aired on March 23, 2009.


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