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Protestors & Supporters Converge at Obama Town Hall

Large crowds gathered outside President Obama's health care town hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire — his first since town halls on healthcare have turned rowdy. We speak with Rick Fabrizio, managing editor of the Portsmouth Herald.

Healthcare Reform - Facts vs. Fiction

The facts about healthcare reform legislation are being lost in the ruckus protests. We turn to Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times to help us set the record straight on issues such as abortion, rationed care, and coverage for illegal immigrants on healthcare legislation.

CA Cuts Funding for Domestic Violence Programs

In an effort to cut costs in California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated state funding for domestic violence programs last month. More than $20 million was cut, effecting 94 domestic violence shelters and centers. We speak with Tara Shabazz, executive director of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, who says she's hearing from centers which are cutting staff, ending transportation services to victims and struggling to maintain 24-hour services.

Baby Signs to Communicate Swine Flu Symptoms

A Scottish childcare specialist has added a new category of signs to teach babies. Yvonne Lavelle is author of the electronic booklet, "Baby and Toddler Signing by Kiddisign," she’s also founder of the baby sign training company, Kiddisign.  She says hearing babies can communicate pain, fever, chills and other possible symptoms of swine flu using baby sign language.

Yoga Warriors

Marine Lt. Alan Zarracina is framed by another class participant's foot as he stretches during yoga class in Pensacola, Fla., Wednesday, July 12, 2006. (AP)
Marine Lt. Alan Zarracina is framed by another class participant's foot as he stretches during yoga class in Pensacola, Fla., Wednesday, July 12, 2006. (AP)

As more and more veterans of present and past wars experience the effects of PTSD, Post Traumatic Distress Disorder, the healing powers of yoga are being used to relieve their symptoms. At the Central Massachusetts Yoga Institute a program called "Yoga Warriors" uses breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga postures to help vets cope. We talk with Tom Boyle and Paul Gearhy, two veterans of the Vietnam War about their experience as 'Yoga Warriors.'

Music from the show

  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"Sonny Rollins, "Get Happy"
  • Herbie Hancock, "Watermelon Man"
  • Radiohead, "There, There"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Moby, "Inside"
  • The Doors, "Peace Frog"
  • Ravi Shankar, "Friar Park"

This program aired on August 11, 2009.

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