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Congress Returns

Congress has a full agenda beyond health care reform, which is still unfinished. Jobs and the environment are likely to come to the fore in the next few weeks. We speak with Gail Chaddock of the Christian Science Monitor.

Lives in North Korea

A U.S. envoy calls North Korea's human rights record "appalling." We take a step back from the headlines to understand what it's like to live there with Barbara Demick, who tells North Korea's modern story through the eyes of six defectors. Her new book is "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea."

Late Night Musical Chairs

It's official — NBC has pulled the plug on Jay Leno's prime time show because of low ratings. The network wants Leno back at his old time, but that means moving around Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon. Meanwhile other networks have been sniffing around to see if they want to jump ship. Washington Post Style Reporter Paul Farhi is our guest.

Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill

We speak with Don Schmierer who traveled to Uganda last year as a member of the board of Exodus International, which says it is devoted to helping gays leave homosexuality. Schmierer, who is no longer with Exodus, says he is outraged by the proposed bill which would imprison, even execute gay people in Uganda. He's author of An Ounce of Prevention: Preventing the Homosexual Condition in Today's Youth.

Accordion beyond the Polka

Cory Pesaturo wants to prove that the accordion has a lot more to offer than just polka tunes. He's world champion of the digital accordion, which blends the traditional bellows and keyboard of the acoustic accordion with the computer technology of the synthesizer. As he demonstrates to us, Cory can play jazz and rock as well as more traditional fare.

Music from the show

  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Art Blakey, "C.O.R.E."
  • Film School, "P.S."
  • Christian McBride, "Brother Mister"
  • Clint Mansell, "Here Comes Summertime"
  • Thelonius Monk, “Well, You Needn’t”
  • Jaromir Vejvoda, “Beer Barrel Polka”
  • Salvatore d’Esposito, “Anema e Core”
  • Dick Haynes and Johnny Mercer, “Laura”
  • Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”
  • Astor Piazzolla, “Libertango”

This program aired on January 11, 2010.

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