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CIA Interrogations

Today the CIA is expected to follow a judge's order and release a 2004 report on prisoner abuse in terrorism cases. We speak with Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times; his paper reports today that the Justice Department's ethics office has recommended reversing the Bush administration and re-opening nearly a dozen prisoner abuse cases.

How the Mighty Fall

Business guru Jim Collins became famous for his research into how good companies became great. Now, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, he's out with a new book on how great companies fall. His new book, "How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In," is now number four on the New York Times Business Book Best Sellers.

Cash For Clunkers

The government's popular Cash for Clunkers ends tonight at 8 p.m. Micheline Maynard of the New York Times joins with some last minute advice if you want to take advantage of the program.

Pumpkin Greens Grow in Massachusetts

Pumpkin greens are a staple in Zimbabwe. But they're hard to find in the US. Until now. Producer Chris Burrell brings us the story of Tufts University's New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. The program provides new immigrants in the U.S. with land, equipment and training to get a head start on taking up organic farming.

Understanding the Wicked Witch and Cowardly Lion

Remember the Wicked Witch of the West from L. Frank Baum's classic Wizard of Oz? With her angry cackle, green complexion and flying monkeys, Gregory Maguire wanted to know how she became that way. In the first two books of his adult series, we learn that she grew up facing discrimination because of her green complexion, but was also a passionate animal rights advocate. In his most recent book,"A Lion Among Men" we hear about a lion she freed from captivity. "A Lion Among Men" is out in paperback this week; we revisit our conversation with Gregory Maguire from when the book first came out.

Music from the show

  • Tristeza, City of the Future
  • Sonic Youth, "Stones"
  • Moby, "Inside"
  • Kristen Chenoweth, "No One Mourns the Wicked" from the original broadway musical "Wicked"

This program aired on August 24, 2009.


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