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Father Seeks Answers after Son Killed in Afghanistan

A father wants answers to why his son and eight other soldiers were killed last year in one of the deadliest battles in the war in Afghanistan. Retired Col. David Brostrum began asking questions after his 24-year-old son Jonathan was killed in an attack on a remote combat outpost he and his platoon were building along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He's triggered three military investigations into the battle.

Wall Street Considers Bundling Life Insurance Policies

"Life settlements" are the life insurance policies that ill and elderly people sell for cash. We speak with New York Times business reporter Jenny Anderson about whether these policies could be bundled and sold for investment purposes — the same way mortgages were packaged.

Court Decision on Italy's Berlusconi

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2009 file photo Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi gestures at the opening of a textile industry fair in Milan, Italy. Italian Silvio Berlusconi says he was "astounded" by a court ruling ordering his Fininvest holding company to pay ?750 million ($1 billion) to a rival for its controversial 1990s takeover of the Mondadori publishing house. The conservative premier and media mogul on Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 criticized last week's ruling and implied it was politically motivated. In a statement, he called the ruling "a judicial absurdity" and said he would continue as premier until the end of his five-year mandate. (AP)
In this Sept. 8, 2009 file photo Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi gestures at the opening of a textile industry fair in Milan, Italy. (AP)

Italy's constitutional court opened deliberations today on whether a law giving the country's flamboyant Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, immunity from prosecution is legal under the Italian constitution. A decision against Berlusconi could force him to resign. The BBC's Duncan Kennedy joins us from Rome.

American Girl Doll

A column in the New York Post criticizes the American Girl doll company for selling a doll named Gwen, who the columnist refers to as 'homeless.' The column accuses American Girl of political preaching and sending kids "the wrong message." American Girl says the doll is part of a story about bullying--not homelessness--and that the doll is not homeless, though she had been at one point in her life. Patricia Nix-Hodes of the Chicago Coalition of the Homeless comments.

What's Next for David Letterman?

The late night comedian apologized to his wife and his staff last night on his program. Behind the scenes, there are growing questions about whether Letterman's own company, or CBS, will launch an investigation into his admitted sexual relationships with women staff members. We'll speak with Paul Farhi, style reporter for the Washington Post.

The Gabe Dixon Band

Think early 70s Elton John and that gives you a good starting point for the music of this Nashville-based trio led by pianist Gabe Dixon. The group's latest CD, called "The Gabe Dixon Band" is up for best pop/rock album in tomorrow's Nashville Music Awards competition. Today we are revisiting a conversation we had with Dixon in October 2007.

Music from the show

  • Air, "Mike Mills"
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
  • Charles Mingus, "Boogie Stop Shuffle"
  • Jimi Hendrix, "Crosstown Traffic"
  • Steve Earle, "Transcendental Blues"
  • The Kings of Leon, "Use Somebody"
  • Erin McCarley, "Love, Save the Empty"
  • The Gabe Dixon Band, "Sirens"
  • The Gabe Dixon Band, "Five More Hours"
  • The Gabe Dixon Band, "Till You're Gone"
  • The Gabe Dixon Band, "Disappear"

This program aired on October 6, 2009.


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