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Obama to Revive Military Tribunals

President Barack Obama is expected to revive the Bush-era military tribunals to try terrorist detainees. The president had suspended the system when he first took office, but now he plans to revamp the system to try the more than 200 detainees in US custody. Human rights advocates say Obama is reneging on a campaign pledge to do away with military tribunals. Our guest is LA Times Pentagon reporter, Julian Barnes.

Steve Earle

Musician Steve Earle performs in New York in 2006. (AP)
Musician Steve Earle performs in New York in 2006. (AP)

On his new CD "Townes," Steve Earle recorded 15 songs by the late Townes Van Zandt, his mentor. Van Zandt died in 1997 after years battling depression and alcoholism, but his songs live on in recordings by the likes of Bob Dylan and Nora Jones. Steve Earle joins us to talk about his old friend and play a couple of his songs.

Larry Bird on Basketball

Former Boston Celtics great Larry Bird will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Boston University this weekend. He joins us to talk about the honor, the ongoing National Basketball Association playoffs and how he sees the game these days from his perch as president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers.

The Effects of Verbal Fighting on Kids... also Listener Letters

New results from a study that began more than 30-years ago show that verbal arguing in a family can affect children almost as much as physical fighting. We speak with Dr. Helen Reinherz, professor of social work at Simmons College in Boston. She's the lead researcher of the Quincy Study, named after the town in Massachusetts where it took place.

Also, we take listener comments on faith-based wars, palliative care, and the new Star Trek film.

Diaghilev Anniversary

One hundred years ago Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes first took the stage at a theater in Paris, and the company took the artistic world by storm. His ballets provoked riots, debate and inspiration. And ballet and music haven't been the same since. We speak with Boston Ballet conductor Jonathan McPhee about Diaghilev's influence, and the groundbreaking Diaghilev ballet "Afternoon of a Faun."

Music from the Show

  • Steve Earle, "Transcendental Blues"
  • Tito Puente, "Royal T"
  • Steely Dan, "Glamour Profession"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • The Rolling Stones, "She's So Cold"
  • Claude Debussy, "Afternoon of a Faun"

This program aired on May 15, 2009.

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