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Congress: What They Did This Summer

Senators are going home for August, after they voted for another $2 billion to the "Cash for Clunkers" program and approved Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Still on the to do list: health care. We speak with Gail Chaddock, congressional correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

African American Media Survival

Ebony and Jet are struggling and a longtime African-American paper in Boston is in financial trouble. We'll speak with Kai Wright, senior writer for TheRoot.com, and Christopher Smith, communications professor at the University of Southern California.

Hillary Clinton in Africa

The Secretary of State is in South Africa today and she called on the government to press neighboring Zimbabwe for reforms. Right now there are 3-million refugees from Zimbabwe in South Africa and Clinton said every one of them represents a crisis for South Africa. We speak to the BBC's Jonah Fisher in Johannesburg.

Letters

Our listeners weigh in... including Matthew Temple of Nashville, Tennessee, who composed the song "So Many Young Men," about soldiers killed in war.

Julie & Julia

American television chef Julia Child (AP)
American television chef Julia Child (AP)

The new film stars Meryl Streep as food icon Julia Child, and Amy Adams as Julie Powell, who decides to make all the recipes in Child's book "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr and our resident chef Kathy Gunst join us.

Music from the Show

  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Charles Mingus, "Open Letter to Duke"
  • Tito Puente, "Royal T"
  • Freddie Hubbard, "Gibraltar"
  • Sonny Rollins, "Get Happy"
  • Alexandre Desplat, “Julie’s Theme” (from the soundtrack of Julie & Julia)

This program aired on August 7, 2009.

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