Rundown 11/12

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Afghanistan Options

President Obama has rejected all four of the options put before him by advisers, even as the U.S. ambassador in Afghanistan, General Karl Eikenberry, argues against more troops in the country. The President is still expected to send more troops to Afghanistan as part of a new war strategy, but he reportedly wants the plans to reflect a clearer exit strategy. We'll speak with Greg Jaffe, national security reporter for the Washington Post, and co-author of "The Fourth Star," a new book about the struggle for the future of the U.S. Army.

Elite Male Runner Discusses His Anorexia

24-year-old David Proctor, a hopeful for Britain's 2012 Olympic track team, struggled with anorexia during his undergraduate years. We'll speak with Proctor and with Paula Quatromoni, the Boston University nutrition professor who helped counsel him while Proctor was an undergraduate.

Tiger Mania

Tiger Woods' is competing in the Australian Masters tournament in his first appearance in Australia in more than a decade.  His visit is being covered like a visit by the Queen. But taxpayers shelled out $3-million to entice Woods to return and some are wonder if the money was well spent. The BBC's Nick Bryant has a report from Melbourne.

Stomp The Stigma

Actor Joey Pantoliano, known for his role in The Sopranos, also suffers from depression. And he's made a documentary about the stigma associated with seeking care for mental illness. It's called "No Kidding, Me Too!" Dr. Robert Irvin, a psychiatrist who works at McLean Hospital in the Boston area is featured in the film and recently traveled with the actor to show the film to soldiers in Iraq. He joins us to talk about the experience.

The End of the World as We Know It

Conspiracy theorists are fixated on a new apocalyptic date: December 21, 2012. That's the day the 5,000-plus year Mayan calendar resets. It's also the first time in 26,000 years the December solstice sun aligns with the galactic plane. Tomorrow, the Hollywood film 2012 comes out, portraying in heart-pounding detail the end of the world. We look at the roots of the theories with Colgate University professor, Anthony Aveni, author of "The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012.

Robin visited the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, and the Inca site, Machu Picchu in 1987, see photos below.

Music from the Show

  • Modest Mouse, "Dramamine"
  • Calaxico, "Black Light"
  • The Boderline, "Down Below"
  • Shoop John B, "Night Rally"
  • Mark Knopfler, "Let it all Go"
  • Nick Drake, "Which Will"
  • Colin Hay, "Down Under"
  • George Strait, “Ready for the End of the World”
  • Geri X, “End of the World”
  • Armor for Sleep, “End of the World”
  • R.E.M., “End of the World As We Know It”

This program aired on November 12, 2009.


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