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President Obama Goes to Africa

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President Obama will be in Ghana today, his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa. We speak to Joseph Waranga, editor of the BBC's Focus on Africa program.

Beowulf on the Beach

Jack Murnighan thinks that most great works of literature aren't read because people don't realize how enjoyable they can be. So he wrote a field guide: "Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature's 50 Greatest Hits", which gives readers the scoop on the epic poem, as well as other classics that might not be on their reading list. Moby Dick anyone?
Five books Jack Murnighan thinks you’ll get the most out of:

  • “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy
  • “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville
  • “Bleak House” by Charles Dickens
  • “Paradise Lost” by John Milton

Letters

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Some of your thoughts on recent Here & Now stories, including our June 19 interview with "Daddy Shift" author Jeremy Adam Smith.

Cyber Attack

A cyber attack that began on July 4th, crashing some U.S. government computers, is still affecting some websites in South Korea, though it appears there is no major damage. Officials in both countries say the attack appears to have been launched in North Korea. Ira Winkler is president of Internet Security Advisors Group, a former analyst with the National Security Agency, and author of the book "Spies Among Us." He says the culprit may never be found, and the attack is a sign of worse things to come if cyber security isn't improved.

Is President Obama Morphing into President Bush?

That's the charge from activists who hoped for more transparency and access to government documents and records in the Obama Administration. We'll speak with Ann Weismann, chief counsel for C.R.E.W., Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which is suing the White House for access to visitor logs.

Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige at his Hall of Fame introduction, 1971. (courtesy of National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)
Satchel Paige at his Hall of Fame introduction, 1971. (courtesy of National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

He may have been the greatest pitcher ever, but the color barrier in major league baseball kept Satchel Paige from the big leagues until he was 42 years old. But he was the brightest star in the old Negro Leagues and his story comes to life in the new book, "Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend," by Larry Tye.  Here and Now's Alex Ashlock spoke to him before a recent book signing.

Music from the Show

  • Freddie Hubbard, "Skydive"
  • Herbie Hancock, "Watermelon Man"
  • Charles Mingus, "Pedal Point Blues"
  • Moby, "Myopia"
  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Charles Mingus, "Open Letter to Duke"
  • The Rolling Stones, "Miss You"
  • Buddy Johnson, "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?"
  • The Muscrat Ramblers, "The Old Gray Mare"

This program aired on July 10, 2009.

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