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Congress Returns

There's a last minute scramble on Capitol Hill as legislators try to come up with a bipartisan consensus on heathcare reform ahead of President Obama's address to Congress tomorrow. We'll speak with Gail Chaddock, congressional correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

Hillary the Sequel

The Supreme Court opens its term with an unusual re-argument of a case it has already heard once. It's a campaign finance case sparked by a campaign movie critical of then-presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. It's also significant because it's the first case to be heard by new Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor. Emily Bazelon of Slate.com joins us to preview the arguments.

College Luxury Dorms Proliferate

Universities are trying to lure more students into dorms with luxury high rises, plasma screen TVs, private baths and more. Boston University opened new dorms that offer all that and two floors of bicycle storage, soundproof music practice rooms with pianos, and washers and driers that email students when their laundry's ready. These luxury dorms can cost students thousands more per year than standard housing. We look at the trend, with Jeff Selingo, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Manners and Music Taught to Iraqi Kids

From dining etiquette to the art of conversation, dozens of teenagers in Baghdad are being offered a chance to forget about the violence around them and learn how to open doors for women, play musical instruments or make dinner table conversation. The Academy of Peace Through Art brings children of all backgrounds together. The aim is not only to teach music, but also revive what founders of the school believe many young people lost during the war - good manners. The BBC's Natalia Antelava has the story.

U.S. Open Tennis

Melanie Oudin of the United States celebrates her upset victory over Nadia Petrova of Russia at the U.S. Open tennis tournament Sept. 7, 2009. (AP)
Melanie Oudin of the United States celebrates her upset victory over Nadia Petrova of Russia at the U.S. Open tennis tournament Sept. 7, 2009. (AP)

The First Woman to Swim Across the English Channel

We say  goodbye to summer with the story of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Our guest is Glenn Stout, author of the book "Young Woman & The Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered The English Channel and Inspired the World."

Music from the show

  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Thelonius Monk, "Caravan"
  • Calexico, "Crumble"
  • Steely Dan, "My Old School"
  • The Lickets, "Serial East"
  • Doug Wamble, "The Homewrecker Hump"
  • The Claremont Trio, "Cafe' Music"

This program aired on September 8, 2009.

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