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The Dangers of Acetaminophen

An FDA panel has recommended banning the popular painkillers Vicodin and Percocet amid concerns that people can overdose on one of the drugs' common ingredients, acetaminophen.  We speak with Dr. Timothy Johnson, medical editor for ABC News.

Ayn Rand & Economic Collapse

Ayn Rand, shown in Manhattan with the Grand Central Terminal building in background in 1962. (AP)
Ayn Rand, shown in Manhattan with the Grand Central Terminal building in background in 1962. (AP)

Sales of the Russian-American writer's books, especially Atlas Shrugged, have surged each time financial markets have wobbled and governments have stepped in.  The 1957 epic includes a 30-page monologue on the virtues of individualism, self-interest, and radically free markets, and at one point this year, it was outselling Barack Obama's "Audacity of Hope."  But some notable adherents, such as Alan Greenspan, are having second thoughts about Rand's ideas.  We'll speak with Jennifer Burns, professor of history at University of Virginia, and author of the upcoming "Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right."

Iraq

A day after the deadline for U-S troops to pull out of Iraqi cities, we speak with the BBC's Jim Muir about the pullout, and also the Iraqi government attempts to auction licenses to the country's oil fields yesterday.

Does Language Shape the Way We Think?

Dr. Lera Boroditsky is an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Stanford University and she has studied a number of languages around the world to see how grammatical structure affects what different cultures consider important.  We speak with Dr. Boroditsky, whose essay on language and perception appears in the new book "What's Next? Dispatches on the Future of Science."

Grilling with Kathy Gunst

With July 4th coming up, Here and Now's resident chef Kathy Gunst reminds us that grilling is not only an American phenomenon, it's a global one.  Kathy prepares a Vietnamese sandwich and Mexican corn, as well as giving us her list of must-need tools for the grill.

Music from the show

  • Calexico, "Crumble"
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
  • Nathan Milstein, "Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin"
  • The Lickets, "Serial East"
  • Kar Kar Madison, "Boubacar Traore"
  • Art Blakey, "C.O.R.E."
  • John Philip Sousa, “El Capitan,” performed by Killer Cadet Band

This program aired on July 1, 2009.

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