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An image from a Taliban propaganda video released Saturday, July 18, 2009 showing Bowe Bergdahl, 23, who went missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan June 30. (AP)
An image from a Taliban propaganda video released Saturday, July 18, 2009 showing Bowe Bergdahl, 23, who went missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan June 30. (AP)

Captured Soldier

Private Bowe Bergdahl remains a captive of Afghanistan's Taliban, who released a video of him over the weekend. Bergdahl's family and friends have been quiet about his capture earlier this month. We speak with Sue Martin, owner of Zaney's River Street Coffee House in Bergdahl's hometown of Hailey, Idaho, and Gordon Lubold, who covers the Pentagon for the Christian Science Monitor.

Mars: The Next Frontier?

It's been 40 years since the U.S. put a man on the moon and many people are wondering about the next destination. Mars, our neighbor in the solar system, seems the logical choice but our guest says NASA still has no coherent strategy to get us there. We speak with Jean Kumagai of IEEE Spectrum magazine.

Tour de France Update

The stage is set for the final week of the Tour de France, and right now it looks like Lance Armstrong's bid for an 8th title is in doubt. Armstrong trails teammate Alberto Contador by more than a minute after the Spainard broke away late in yesterday's stage. Bicycling magazine's Bill Strickland joins us from France.

More Lobbying than Ever on Healthcare

An unprecedented number lobbyists — more than 2,700 — are weighing in on President Obama's healthcare reform proposals. Lobbying in Washington is nothing new, but what's raising eyebrows is the number of lobbyists who are "insiders" — former members of Congress and government employees who are now representing special interests. We talk to Washington Post reporter Dan Eggen.

Music to die for?

We revisit a conversation we had with NPR music critic Tom Moon who has compiled a list of "1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List". It covers ABBA to ZZ Top, and classical to world music.

Music from the Show

  • Amon Tobin, "Easy Muffin"
  • Moby, "Myopia"
  • Ian Hunter, "Arms and Legs"
  • MMW, "Bloody Oil
  • Pink Floyd, “Eclipse”
  • Bob Dylan, “Visions of Johanna”
  • Miles Davis, “So What”
  • Beethoven, “Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op 67-Allegro Con Brio,” performed by the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich
  • Traditional Song, “Drowsy Maggie,” performed by The Chieftains
  • Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, “Me and Bobby McGee,” performed by Janis Joplin
  • Pantera, “Live in a Hole”
  • Abba, “Dancing Queen”
  • Joe Ely, “Honky Tonk Masquerade”

This program aired on July 20, 2009.

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