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Tax Day

More Americans are filing their own income taxes to save money, but for many struggling taxpayers, preparing a return is more complicated this year. We hear why from Sandra Block, Personal Finance Reporter for USA Today. And we speak with Rick Klein, Senior Political Reporter for ABC News, about what's behind the anti-tax, anti-spending events known as "tea parties," which are being held nationwide today.

Drug Companies and Doctors

We look at two sides of the debate over whether close ties between doctors and drug companies compromise patient care. Our guests are Dr. Jerome Kassirer, Distinguished Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and author of "On the Take: How Medicine's Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health," and Dr. Tom Stossel, Director of Translational Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

A woman is welcomed by relatives after arriving from the U.S. at the Jose Marti airport in Havana, Tuesday, April 14, 2009.(AP)
A woman is welcomed by relatives after arriving from the U.S. at the Jose Marti airport in Havana, Tuesday, April 14, 2009.(AP)

Obama Eases Cuba Restrictions

The U.S. government is easing a number of sanctions, including lifting restrictions on family visits by Cuban Americans. We speak to the BBC's correspondent in Havana, Michael Voss.

A Star is Born

We talk with Andrew Billen, television critic for the London Times about the "TV Moment" that happened when a "Plain-Jane" from Scotland blew away the audience and judges of the British TV reality show "Britain's Got Talent" with her amazing voice.

Leon Kirchner

One of America's greatest living composers, Leon Kirchner, turned 90 this year. Robin Young visited when Kirchner was honored at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. As well as speaking with Leon Kirchner about his work, Robin also hears from flutist Paula Robison and cellist Yo-Yo Ma about Kirchner's impact on them.

Music from the show

  • The Lickets, "Meat City"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • The Doors, "Peace Frog"
  • Lickets, "Serial East"
  • Ashley MacIsaac, "Sleepy Maggie"
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, "I Dreamed a Dream" sung by Sarah Boyle
  • Leon Kirchner, “Flutings for Paula” performed by Paula Robison
  • Leon Kirchner, “Duo No. 2” performed by Jeremy Denk and Corey Cerovsek
  • Igor Stravinsky, “Disparition du Palais et des Sortileges de Kastchei, Animation des Chevaliers Petrifies” performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
  • Leon Kirchner, “Music for Cello and Orchestra” performed by Yo-Yo Ma and the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Leon Kirchner, “Piano Sonata No.1” performed by Leon Fleisher
  • Leon Kirchner, “Trio No. 2” performed by the Claremont Trio
  • Arnold Schoenberg, “Verklarte Nacht Op. 4”
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, “Cello Suite No. 1 in G” performed by Yo-Yo Ma

This program aired on April 15, 2009.


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