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Special police officers face off a crowd of Uighur residents after they staged a protest in Urumqi, Tuesday, July 7 , 2009.  (AP)
Special police officers face off a crowd of Uighur residents after they staged a protest in Urumqi, Tuesday, July 7 , 2009. (AP)

Unrest in China

Clashes between Muslim Uighers and China's Han majority continue in western China. Authorities have placed the provincial capital, Urumqi, under a curfew, after more than 150 people died in the violence there. Chinese authorities are reported to have detained more than 1,000 people. We speak to Shai Oster of the Wall Street Journal, who is in Urumqi.

President Obama Pushes The Reset Button

Trying to reshape relations between the United States and Russia, President Obama wrapped up his 2-day Moscow visit with a speech today to graduates of the New Economic School. He also met with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitri Medvedev. We speak to the BBC's Diplomatic Correspondent in Moscow, Jonathan Marcus and Marshall Goldman, senior scholar in the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard.

A New General Motors

Barring unexpected legal hurdles, a new General Motors will emerge from bankruptcy in just a few days. The new company will hold on to its most popular brands like Chevy and Cadillac, but it will be a much leaner organization. We speak with Micheline Maynard, of the New York Times, about the reorganized automaker.

TV News Dives Deeper into the Pool

To cut costs, TV newsrooms are sharing more photographers and equipment these days. We talk about what these collaborations mean for local TV news with Ron Stover, a videographer for KARE-TV, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis, and with Deborah Potter, executive director of News Lab.

Secret Lives of the Supreme Court

Chief Justice John Roberts is a big fan of Bruce Springsteen, but not of Michael Jackson. Thurgood Marshall was a soap opera junkie, who suspended midday deliberations to watch "Days of Our Lives." Antonin Scalia insists on ordering all his pizzas from the same Capitol Hill pizzeria. And in the early days, the Supreme Court sometimes resembled Animal House. We speak with Robert Schnakenberg, author of the book "Secret Lives of the Supreme Court: What Your Teachers Never Told You about America's Legendary Justices."

Music from the Show

  • Air, "Mike Mills"
  • Freddie Hubbard, "Little Sunflower"
  • Radiohead, "Where I End and You Begin"
  • Sonny Rollins, "Get Happy"
  • Fugazi, "Dear Justice Letter"
  • Ashley MacIsaac, "Sleepy Maggie"

This program aired on July 7, 2009.

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