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Congress's Summer Agenda

It's all heath care all the time on Capitol Hill, as both the House and Senate begin the final sprint before August recess. Gail Chaddock of the Christian Science Monitor says the real divide is not between Democrats and Republicans, but between the House majority leader, Nancy Pelosi, and conservative 'Blue Dog' Democrats.

Coming Home

The bodies of five British service men are driven though the small town of Wootton Bassett, England, Friday, July, 10, 2009. Wootton Bassett is the closest town to the Royal Air Force base at Lynham, to which the bodies of British service personnel are returned, and the town's inhabitants - population 11,000 - have become known for the respect they show to the bodies of service men and women killed overseas.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
The bodies of five British service men are driven though Wootton Bassett, England, Friday, July, 10, 2009. (AP)

How should we honor the military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan? In the US, their bodies are returned to Dover Air Force Base. President Obama has lifted the ban on media coverage, if the families of the fallen approve. Those ceremonies are quiet and often attended by just a few people. But in Britain, thousands of people are turning out in the village of Wootton Bassett to greet the dead soldiers. We speak to USA Today reporter Rick Hampson, who recently wrote about the return of two Americans - Army privates Aaron Fairburn and Justin Casillas. We also speak to Allison Bucknell, a member of the local town council in Wootton Bassett, England.

Lahore's Artists Respond to the Taliban

The Taliban is a growing presence and threat in Pakistan. And artists are afraid. The BBC's David Loyn reports on how some in Pakistan's cultural capital, Lahore, are responding.

Smokey Bear Turns 65

He was first created to help preserve wood during World War II, and his campaign to prevent forest fires is America's longest running public service campaign ever. But some say it's time for Smokey to retire, that in fact, he's done more harm than good. We speak to Wilderness Society wildfire expert John McCarthy.

Singer Joan Baez

We revisit a conversation with legendary folk singer, Joan Baez, who will be appearing at the Newport Folk Festival this coming weekend. Her latest CD "Day After Tomorrow" was nominated this year for a Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy.

Music from the Show

  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
  • The Lickets, "Serial East"
  • The Wee Trio, "About a Girl"
  • Steve Earl, “I Am A Wanderer,” performed by Joan Baez
  • Steve Earl, “God is God,” performed by Joan Baez
  • Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan, “Day After Tomorrow,” performed by Joan Baez
  • Eliza Gilkyson, “Rose of Sharon,” performed by Joan Baez
  • Elvis Costello & Joseph Henry Burnett, “Scarlet Tide,” performed by Joan Baez
  • Reverend Charles Tindley and others, “We Shall Overcome,” performed by Joan Baez
  • Joan Baez “Diamonds and Rust” performed by Joan Baez
  • Thea Gilmore “The Lower Road” performed by Joan Baez

This program aired on July 27, 2009.


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