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South Carolina Governor Admits Affair

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina, after questions arose over his disappearance from the state during the past week.  Earlier today we spoke with Gina Smith, reporter for  "The State" newspaper.  Smith encountered the Governor arriving at the airport in Atlanta, Georgia this morning.

The Rating Companies

Credit ratings agencies such as Moody's and Standard & Poor's used to be widely viewed as independent arbiters of financial investments, but they gave triple-A ratings to the subprime mortgages at the heart of the economic meltdown.  New York Times business reporter Gretchen Morgenson tells us that under President Obama's plan to reform Wall Street, very little is being done to rein them in.

Whaling

A whale breaches off Hawaii (AP)
A whale breaches off Hawaii (AP)

Pro- and anti-whaling forces are debating the future of whaling at this week's meeting of the International Whaling Commission, where a study was released that says countries would be better off economically if they switched their whaling  industry to whale watching.  The BBC Environment Correspondent Richard Black joins us from the meeting on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

N.O.W.'s New President

National Organization for Women, the nation's largest women's rights group, has a new president.  Terry O'Neill, a 56-year old attorney from Maryland, edged out 33-year old Latifa Lyles, who's African American.  We speak to Terry O'Neill about her feminist philosophy and plans for leading N.O.W.

Summer Reading for 'Tweens, Part I

Kids 9-to-12 years-old are now the "tween" demographic. They have their own music, movies and TV shows. But what about books? We have suggestions for great summer reads for tweens from children's librarian, Sherry Eskin, of the Honan-Allston branch of the Boston Public Library.  Tomorrow on Here & Now, we hear about summer reading for older 'Tweens.

Our 'Tween Picks and, Hear Readings from 'Tweens

  • Meg Cabot, "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls" — Audio Extra!
  • Jeff Kinney, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" -- Audio Extra!
  • Pseudonymous Bosch, "The Name of this Book is Secret" — Audio Extra!

Music from the Show

  • Air, "Mike Mills"
  • Air, "The Wee Trio"
  • Air, "About a Girl"
  • Thelonius Monk, "Caravan"
  • The Lickets, "Meat City"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Moby, "Myopia"
  • Nick Jonas & Miley Cyrus, "Before the Storm”
  • Miley Cyrus (as Hannah Montana), “True Friend”

This program aired on June 24, 2009.

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