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Who are the Groups For and Against Health Care Reform?

We've all seen highlights from angry voters at town hall meetings. We'll look at some of the groups that are influencing healthcare reform. Margaret Talev, White House Correspondent for McClatchy newspapers, explains.

Two Perspectives on Protests

Conservative columnist Cal Thomas and liberal strategist Bob Beckel duke it out in the pages of USA Today-- like gentlemen — over some of the tactics used by groups against healthcare reform. Thomas says conservatives felt left out of the debate and are taking a page from liberal groups like Code Pink; Beckel says what's happening at these town hall meetings is not spontaneous democracy.

Reflections on the Health Care Debate

View off the side of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah.
View off the side of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah.

A hike through Zion National Park during a trip to Utah left Robin with some thoughts on the cacophony over health care this summer.

Missing Girl Found after 18 Years

Jaycee Lee Dugard was hidden from the world for 18 years after being kidnapped on her way to school in South Lake Tahoe, California. She was 11 at the time. Phillip Garrido, 58, is accused of kidnapping Dugard, fathering two children with her, and holding all of them in his suburban backyard. Robert Salonga of the Contra Costa Times is our guest.

The Endangered Bluefin Tuna

Sushi lovers in Japan love bluefin tuna and they are willing to pay price for it. And the giant fish is being overfished. We revisit a conversation we had about the bluefin with Richard Ellis, author of "Tuna: A Love Story."

Honored at Arlington

Edward Kennedy will be laid to rest alongside his brothers at Arlington National Cemetery. The author of the definitive history of the cemetery joins us to talk about the funeral and its place in Arlington's history. Phillip Bigler's book is, "In Honored Glory: Arlington National Cemetery: The Final Post."

Music from the Show

  • Modest Mouse, "The Cold Part"
  • Eclipse, "Be Still"
  • Amon Tobin, "Easy Muffin"
  • Phish, "Scents and Subtle Sounds"
  • The Mercury Program, "Saint Rose of Lima"

This program aired on August 28, 2009.

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