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Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 13, 2009, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. From left are, her mother Celina Sotomayor, her brother Juan Sotomayor, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.  (AP Photo/Pool, Win McNamee)
Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor prepares to testify on Monday, July 13, 2009, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP)

CIA's Secret Al Qaeda Plan

The Wall Street Journal reports that a still-highly classified CIA program terminated by Director Leon Panetta last month involved consideration of the targeted assassinations of Al Qaeda leaders. One former intelligence official describes it as "straight out of the movies." We speak with the newspaper's Intelligence Correspondent, Siobhan Gorman.

Sotomayor Hearings

The long anticipated confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor have begun, amid partisan bickering over her qualifications, judgment, and judicial philosophy.  We'll listen in and speak with Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate Magazine, and Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times and author of the paper's "Sidebar" column.

Sherpa for Supreme Court Nominees

Republican lobbyist and former Ambassador Tom Korologos has long been considered a Senate confirmation guru, having chaperoned more than 400 judicial nominees to confirmation, including the late Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He likens the job to being a Sherpa, guiding Supreme Court nominees along the treacherous political pathway to the high court. We speak with him about his most famous failure - Robert Bork, whose nomination went down in flames in 1987.

Turned onto Tap Water

The US bottled water industry is now worth $11 billion. But concerns over the environmental damage caused by plastic water bottles led to a drop in sales last year, as more people are getting turned onto tap water. So, how safe is tap water? Alison Lobron of the Boston Globe Magazine investigated and shares her findings with us.

Author Danzy Senna

Danzy Senna's mother, Fanny Howe, is the child of a Boston Brahmin family whose history fills volumes. But Danzy knew less about her father Carl Senna's past, though she did know he was the son of a single mom who grew up in a series of orphanages and relatives' homes. So Danzy set out to research her father's history, and discovered a wealth of secrets including her paternal grandmother's longtime relationship with a Catholic priest. We speak to Danzy Senna about her new book "Where did You Sleep Last Night?"

Music from the Show

  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover""
  • Talking Heads, "This Must Be the Place""
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns""
  • Ashley MacIsaac, "Sleepy Maggie""
  • Lead Belly, “Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (Black Girl)”

This program aired on July 13, 2009.


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