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Security forces in Yemen kill two militants with alleged links to al Qaeda and it is believed that two Saudis released from Guantanamo Bay may have played a role in al Qaeda activity inside Yemen. Jonathan Head of the BBC is there.

Prostitution and 'John School'

Communities across the country are setting up "John Schools" — where men learn about some of the side effects of prostitution including the health risks and the what happens to communities when prostitutes work the streets. Michael Shivley is with the Center on Crime, Drugs, and Justice at Abt Associates in Massachusetts. We also speak with Cathy Boisvert, who runs the "Community Approach to Reduce Demand" program at the YWCA in Worcester, Massachusetts, and "Tina," a former prostitute who lectures in the program.

The Google Phone: Will It Change Everything?

Google's still-to-be-unveiled Nexus One
Google's still-to-be-unveiled Nexus One. (Flickr/Florent Solt)

Google plans to unveil its own phone at its headquarters in Mountain View, California tomorrow... will it be better than Apple's Iphone? We speak with John Abell, New York City Bureau Chief for

Criminal Trial for Plane Bomb Suspect

The Nigerian student who is accused of attempting to blow up a U.S.-bound plane on Christmas Day will have his first hearing in criminal court this week. Republicans have criticized President Obama for bringing the suspect to criminal court instead of a military court where other terrorism suspects have been tried. We speak with law professor Robert Chesney, who teaches at the University of Texas.

What Would Ambrose Write?

Ambrose Bierce was a journalist, satirist, and civil war memoirist. He was also a wordsmith and monitored English language usage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Modern-day wordsmith Jan Freeman rereads Bierce's book, Write It Right, and sees if his advice stands up today. Her book is Ambrose Bierce's Write It Right: The Celebrated Cynic's Language Peeves Deciphered, Appraised, and Annotated for 21st Century Readers. Freeman also writes "The Word" column for the Boston Globe.

Music from the Show

  • Sonny Rollins, "Get Happy"
  • Charles Mingus, "Pedal Point Blues"
  • Jimi Hendrix, "Crosstown Traffic"
  • Moby, "Inside"
  • Rolling Stones, "She's So Cold"
  • Alexander Courage, “Star Trek”

This program aired on January 4, 2010.


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