Rundown 10/20

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Afghanistan Run-off Election

President Hamid Karzai succumbed to pressure and agreed to a run-off election next month. We'll speak with Peter Galbraith, who worked with the United Nations in Afghanistan until last month, when he was forced out of the post after criticizing the August election as fraudulent.

Making It In the USA

Five million Americans, roughly 10% of our industrial work force, are employed by a foreign company, from well-known Toyota to the less-known Indian and Chinese companies, Tata and Haier. To lure these foreign firms, states and local governments routinely dangle incentives worth tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars. Is it worth the expense? We'll speak with Micheline Maynard, senior business correspondent for the New York Times, who's new book is, "The Selling of the American Economy: How Foreign Companies Are Remaking the American Dream."

Who is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?

The group is under fire from within its ranks for refusing to back climate change legislation; the nation's largest business trade group is also being sidelined by the White House. And just yesterday the Chamber was the victim of an elaborate hoax, in which climate change activists claiming to be the Chamber held a fake news conference saying the group was ready to change its position on a bill to regulate greenhouse gases. We speak with Michael Shear, who covers the White House for the Washington Post.

Stalemate Continues in Honduras

Manuel Zelaya, the country's leader until he was ousted in a military coup, remains holed up in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, while interim leader Roberto Micheletti holds power. The standoff is costing the country millions of dollars a day because of international sanctions. It's also playing out in American politics with supporters of Micheletti spending hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying in Washington. Dan Erikson, senior associate at The Inter-American Dialogue think tank joins us. He's an expert on the region and also author of "The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States And The Next Revolution."

'Calling My Children'
Photojournalist David Binder spent nearly every day of two years in the 1980s photographing a Boston family, as the mother was dying of AIDS. He recently returned to update their story, and the result is the new documentary "Calling My Children." It won first prize for best documentary short in both the Athens International Film and Video Festival ad the Roxbury Film Festival, and will be screened later this month at the Gold Lion Film Festival in South Africa.

Music from the show

  • Tortoise, "I Set My Face to the Hillside"
  • Doug Wamble, "Antoine's Pillow Rock"
  • Bill Laswell, "Ports of Entry"
  • Jeff Beck, "Suspension"

This program aired on October 20, 2009.


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