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Hearings on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's Trial

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department oversight. (AP)
Attorney General Eric Holder on Capitol Hill, Nov. 18, 2009. (AP)

Climate Debt

When the U.N.'s global warming talks open in Copenhagen next month developing nations will be pressing the industrial nations for billions of dollars in climate reparations. Their demand is based on the notion that the developed world is responsible for releasing greenhouse gases into the environment for centuries and developing nations bear the brunt of a warming planet. Our guest is Naomi Klein, whose article "Climate Rage" appeared in the November 12th issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

Karzai's Inauguration

Security in Kabul is tight ahead of tomorrow's inauguration ceremony for President Hamid Karzai. He won a second term when his rival pulled out of a runoff election that was scheduled because Karzai's victory in the initial election in August was declared fraudulent. Karzai is under increasing international pressure to eliminate fraud in his government and the BBC's Martin Patience tests the public mood about his second term.

Concerns about Reverse Mortgages

So far this year, a record number of senior citizens are taking out reverse mortgages on their homes in order to have extra cash on hand to help cover expenses. But there's concern that some reverse mortgage lenders use the same kind of aggressive sales tactics that contributed to the sub-prime lending boom and collapse. Barbara Stucki, vice president of the Reverse Mortgage Counseling Services Network and the Home Equity Initiative at the National Council on Aging, is our guest.

Author Barbara Kingsolver on 'The Lacuna'

Author Barbara Kingsolver has written an epic novel around the idea of missing pieces - missing pieces of history and of lives. It's called "The Lacuna," which means gap or missing part. And the main character, Harrison Shepherd, fills in some of those holes as a witness to history, from the aftermath of World War I and the communist movement in Mexico, to the hysteria that gripped the U.S. during McCarthyism. Barbara Kingsolver joins us to discuss the story she wove around the dustbin of history.

Music from the show

  • Air, "Mike Mills"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • The Funk Brothers, "Keep Me Hangin' On"
  • The Lickets, "Serial East"
  • Fred Hirsch, "Desafinado"
  • The Lickets, "Meat City"
  • Talking Heads, "This Must Be the Place"

This program aired on November 18, 2009.


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