Rundown 8/13

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Health Care Reform and Nazi Symbolism?

Rush Limbaugh is defending his comparison of the president's health care reform plan and Nazism, saying the Nazis were fundamentally national socialists who opposed small government and capitalism. We talk to ethicist Arthur Caplan, who writes that not only is Limbaugh muddying the health care debate, he's doing something much more serious--fueling the flames for Holocaust deniers.

Is Asia Rising?

A boy sits with the backdrop of a residential complex in a partial state of construction, in Gurgaon, India, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. India and China's ability to resist the global economic slowdown will greatly influence whether the crisis drags the world into a depression, a top Pacific Rim trade community economist said Tuesday. The International Monetary Fund has said emerging economies, which include China and India, will account for the world's entire projected 2.2 percent overall growth next year, adding that rich nations' economies will together grow by just 0.1 percent this year while the developing world will grow by 5 percent. (AP)
A boy sits with the backdrop of a residential complex in a partial state of construction, in Gurgaon, India, November, 2008. (AP)

Think again, says our guest, Minxin Pei. Per person, the U.S. is nearly 10 times richer than Asia; even at today's heady growth rates, it would take the average Asian worker 77 years to reach the income of today's average American. And on the road are some serious bumps, says Pei, including the lack of any big ideas in Asia to compete with Western ideas (like liberalism and markets) that organize the world today.  Minxin Pei is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he's also professor of government, and director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College.

Obamarita Anyone?

Ever since news broke that the Obamas will be spending their vacation on Martha's Vineyard, the island off the coast of Massachusetts has been preparing for the first family. A local pet store created "Bobama" t-shirts (named for the first dog), a bartender has concocted the "Obamarita" and Secret Service agents have already taken up residence in Winnebagos. Julie Wells, editor of the "Vineyard Gazette," tells us how the island is preparing for the first family.

Business in Iraq

A businessman recently opened a nightclub in Baghdad complete with alcohol and belly dancers. He says his customers love to have a chance to dress up and relax. And his biggest worry is making sure his customers are safe inside his club. He says some people don't want his club to be open. For security reasons, the businessman did not want to be identified.

A Musical 'Stew'

We revisit our conversation with the musician Stew, also known as Mark Stewart. Stew is the co-creator of the Tony winning musical "Passing Strange" which has just been made into a film by Spike Lee.

Music from the show

  • Air, "Mike Mills"
  • Tito Puente, "Royal T"
  • Steve Earle, "Transcendental Blues"
  • Led Zeppelin, "Fool in the Rain"
  • The Wee Trio, "About a Girl"
  • Les Paul, "How High the Moon"

The following music is from “Passing Strange," performed by Stew with De’Adre Aziza, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Daniel Breaker.

  • Stew and Heidi Rodewald, “Prologue (We Might Play All Night)”
  • Stew and Heidi Rodewald, “Work the Wound”
  • Stew and Heidi Rodewald, “Baptist Fashion Show”
  • Stew and Heidi Rodewald, “Amsterdam”
  • Stew and Heidi Rodewald, “The Black One”
  • Stew and Heidi Rodewald, “Passing Phase”

This program aired on August 13, 2009.


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