Rundown 12/15

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Study Links CT Scans With Cancer

Widespread overuse of CT scans are subjecting patients to high doses of radiation that will lead to tens of thousands of new cancer cases and deaths. We speak to Dr. Donald Frush, a radiologist at Duke University Medical Center.

The President's Pay Czar

Special Master for Executive Compensation Kenneth Feinberg, also known as the Treasury Department's "pay czar", speaks about TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) and the financial crisis during a discussion at Georgetown Law Center in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009. (AP)
Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg, at Georgetown Law Center, Oct. 27, 2009. (AP)

Decision Coming on Whether Arctic Caribou will be on Endangered Species List

Tomorrow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether it will put two types of Arctic caribou on the Endangered Species List. Our guest, Nathan Herschler, an attorney with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, says some reindeer populations have dropped so drastically over the last few decades that they face extinction. He tells us that habitat damage due to climate change is the main reason for the decline.

Tiger Attacks in India and Bangladesh

The BBC's Chris Morris reports on tiger attacks in the Sundarbans. Cyclones are destroying the tigers' habitat — pushing them closer to people.

Golden Globe Nominations

215px-Up_in_the_Air_PosterDirector Jason Reitman's new movie "Up in the Air" pulled in 6 nominations, and "the Hurt Locker" got a nod for best motion picture drama. 

Pluto Planetary Kerfuffle

We revisit a conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson. As the Frederick P. Rose director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, Tyson was at the center of the storm in 2001 when it was discovered that the planetarium had classified Pluto as an "icy object" instead of as a planet. Tyson was immediately labeled a Pluto hater and received a flood of critical letters and emails. His memories of that time, as well as a wealth of Pluto-related songs, cartoons, correspondence and facts are collected in the book "The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet" which has just been released in paperback.

Music from the show

  • Kar-Kar Madison, "Boubacar Traore"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Nathan Milstein, "Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin"
  • Christian McBride, "Theme for Kareem"
  • Charles Mingus, "Open Letter to Duke"
  • Christine Lavin “Planet X”
  • Jonathan Coulton “I’m Your Moon”

This program aired on December 15, 2009.


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