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Yemeni Tankers Cleared for Boston

The Coast Guard will allow Yemeni tankers carrying liquefied natural gas into Boston Harbor. Boston's mayor was critical of the decision. Opponents of the plan fear that terrorists could board the tanker as stowaways and put the region at risk. We'll speak with Scott Helman, political editor for the Boston Globe.

Al Qaeda, Anwar al-Awlaki, and the Internet

 Imam Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in Oct. 2008.  (AP Photo/Muhammad ud-Deen)
Imam Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in Oct. 2008. (AP Photo/Muhammad ud-Deen)

Draw First or Wait?

You may never be confronted with the Gunfighter's dilemma- is it better to draw first, or wait for your opponent to go for his gun and then try to react faster? Logic would dictate that the gunslinger who draws first has the advantage, but new research from the University of Birmingham suggests that may not be the case. The BBC's Science Coorespondent Tom Fielden reports.

Crisis Camps Help in Haiti

Geek activists from across the country are meeting in what they're calling crisis camps to use their technology skills to fill in the gaps in information about what's happening in Haiti. They're poring over satellite maps to survey earthquake damage, they're helping to consolidate reports of missing people, and they're developing software to track which hospitals in Haiti have extra beds. We speak with Jeremy Flores, who is coordinating a crisis camp coming up in Pittsburgh this weekend.

Author Wells Tower

We revisit a conversation we had with author Wells Tower. His first collection of short stories "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned" made a number of critics' best lists last year. The book is now out in paperback.

Music from the show

  • Air, "Mike Mills"
  • Christian McBride, "Theme for Kareem"
  • Moby, "Inside"
  • Nathan Milstein, "Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin"
  • Fred Hirsch, "Desafinado"
  • The Lickets, "Meat City"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Gunther Schuller, “Night Music” performed by Ran Blake Trio

This program aired on February 3, 2010.

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