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A Mayor Eyes Green Jobs

On this Earth Day, Washington is focusing on green issues. The House is holding three full days of hearings on legislation that calls for capping carbon emissions. We talk to John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, who is hoping a green revolution will mean more jobs for steel workers.

Early morning plantings at Woods Market Garden in Brandon, Vermont. (Woods Market Garden)
Early morning plantings at Woods Market Garden in Brandon, Vermont. (Woods Market Garden)

Farming in the U.S.A.

More than ever, women and minorities are running the country's farms, "boutique" farming is a hot trend, and farmers' markets continue to grow and multiply. We speak with Carol House of the National Agricultural Statistics Service about the latest numbers in farming, and we check in with Jon Satz, who runs Woods Market Garden in Brandon, Vermont.

Christian Seders

Some Christians are beginning to observe the Jewish holiday of Passover by mixing together traditional seder rituals and Christian theology. But the hybrid seder isn't sitting well with some Jews. Here and Now's intern Jessie Martin drops in on a Christian seder hosted by Bernita Reed and speaks with Rabbi Stuart Federow of Congregation Sha'ar HaShalom in Houston, Texas.

The Democracy Index

Our election system is in scandalous shape, says Heather Gerken of Yale University. She say it's run by political partisans, leaving the players to referee the game. So what to do about the chronic problems of lost ballots, poor registration rolls, malfunctioning machines, and untrained officials? Gerken outlines a plan in her book, "The Democracy Index: Why Our Election System is Failing And How To Fix It."

Remembering Kurt Vonnegut

Loree Rackstraw first met Kurt Vonnegut in 1965. She was a student at the Iowa Writer's Workshop where he had come to teach. They had a brief affair which turned into a life-long friendship, maintained by the letters the two wrote to each other over the next four decades. Loree Rackstraw shares his letters and tells the story in a new memoir, "Love As Always, Kurt".

Music from their own

  • Kar Kar Madison, "Boubacar Traore"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Rolling Stones, "She's So Cold"
  • Joe Jackson, "Steppin' Out Tonight"
  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Freddie Hubbard, "Gibraltar"
  • Natalie MacMaster, “Eternal Friendship”

This program aired on April 22, 2009.


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