Rundown 3/24

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Bank Bailout Plan

Will lawmakers like the Obama Administration's newly-released bank bailout plan as much as Wall Street did yesterday? Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testify at a House Financial Services Committee hearing today. We speak with Rick Klein, senior political reporter for ABC News; Rick writes The Note.

Addiction in America

We speak with Benoit Denizet-Lewis, a journalist and recovering sex addict. For his new book, "America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life," he followed eight people who are addicted to everything from cocaine to food. We also hear from Jody Pegram, executive director of A Sober Way Home in Prescott, Arizona, and one of the addicts in Denizet-Lewis' book.

Exxon Valdez Plus 20

Twenty years ago today the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Prince William Sound in Alaska spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil. We check in with Mike Carey, a columnist with the Anchorage Daily News, on the spill's legacy for Alaskans.

The Birthplace of Payday Lending

In the early 1990s, there were fewer than 200 payday lending stores. Today payday stores outnumber McDonalds. And Johnson City, Tennessee claims to be the place where it all began. We speak with Daniel Brook, who writes about Johnson City in Harper's Magazine. He's also author of "The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner Take All America."

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

This Sunday, HBO premieres a new series based on the mystery books of Alexander McCall Smith. “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” is set in Botswana and stars Grammy Award winning singer Jill Scott as detective Precious Ramotswe. Here & Now's critic-at-large Ed Siegel has a preview.

Music from the show

  • The Lickets, "A Crowd of Pimps in the Rain"
  • Tito Puente, "Royal T"
  • Medeski, Martin and Wood, "Bloody Oil"
  • Talking Heads, "This Must Be the Place"
  • Radiohead, "Where I End and You Begin"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • “Savannah River Holiday: Overture” performed by the Boston Pops.

This program aired on March 24, 2009.


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