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How Will Supreme Court Decision Shape Future Elections?

Coming soon to a TV near you — more political ads. A decision by the Supreme Court increases the power of industry and unions to influence public policy by allowing them to spend their millions directly on elections. The decision revered a trend to limit the influence of groups with massive war chests.

Director Robert Altman's New Biography Shows Work Came Before Family

Robert Altman, shown in 1975. (AP)
Robert Altman, shown in 1975. (AP)

Jury Search Continues in Connecticut Triple Murder Case

More than two years after a triple homicide in bucolic Cheshire, Connecticut, the court has started jury selection this week. But the violence of the murders and the possibility of death penalty sentences for the two suspects have made prospective jurors reluctant to serve. Erin Cox is reporting on the trial for WTNH-TV in New Haven.

Is Oil Over?

Even though gasoline prices are at their highest point in a year, there's a glut of oil on the market. Exxon, the oil behemoth, is investing in natural gas. So is oil a thing of the past? Lisa Margonelli is author of "Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipelines."

A Collector Sees History in Vintage Smoking Stands

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We'll take a tour through American arts and crafts history with Joel Neuschatz who collects smoking stands — wooden cut-outs of butlers holding a tray. Some of them might be considered racist — but Neuschatz says they tell a story about America's past. Neuschatz is co-author, with Cheryl Alpert and Claire Savitt, of the book, "Vintage Smoking Stands."

A look at the Latest Sports News With Bill Littlefield

Football and more with Bill Littlefield of Only A Game.

Music from the show

  • Joe Jackson, "Steppin' Out"
  • The Guys All-Star Shoe Band “Atlanta Twilight”
  • Charles Mingus, "Pedal Point Blues"
  • Medeski, Martin & Wood, "Bloody Oil"
  • The Lickets, "Meat City"
  • Kar Kar Madison, "Boubacar Traore"
  • Rodrigo and Gabriela, "Logos"

This program aired on January 22, 2010.

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