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Rescuers Halt Search in West Virginia Mine Disaster

Dangerous gases have forced rescue crews to call off, for now, the search for four coal miners missing since an explosion killed 25 colleagues in the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades earlier this week. The crews entered the mine in Montcoal early this morning and got within 1,000 feet of a rescue area where officials thought the miners might be. Beth Vorhees of West Virginia Public Radio joins us with the latest.

Experts Weigh Prospects For A Two State Solution

With the peace process stalled, relations between Israel and the U.S. at a low ebb, the Palestinians divided into two bitterly opposed parts, and growth in both the Arab population and Jewish settlements, what hope is there for a two state solution? We speak with Reza Aslan, author of "Beyond Fundamentalism:Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization," and Asher Susser, senior fellow in Arab politics at Brandeis University's Crown Center for Middle East Studies.

Woods Tees Off At Masters, Nike Tees Off With New Ad

Tiger Woods chips out of a trap on the second hole during a practice round at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. (AP)
Tiger Woods chips out of a trap on the second hole during a practice round at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. (AP)

Tiger Woods ends his five month hiatus from professional golf today. He tees off at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia just as Nike releases a new Tiger TV ad. It features audio from Tiger's late dad, Earl Woods, and has been called everything from brilliant (ad executives) to creepy (most everyone else). Despite all the controversy, Woods is favored to win a fifth green jacket.  Sean Gregory of Time Magazine brings us the latest.


  • While on YouTube, we also noticed this viral video from Taiwan's "One Million Star" show (it gets good around 1:10 in)

Some Help as Tax Day Approaches

Our guest Larry Annello says for next week's filing, think about tax credits: home buyer, residential energy and education. And don't forget the option to deduct donations to Haiti made for this year's earthquake relief from last year's income. For the long term: Should you shift some retirement money from regular to Roth IRA's? The difference is that for standard IRA's, you pay the taxes later, when you take the money out; for Roth IRAs, you pay the tax up front, which may be better if you think tax rates will go up in the future. Lawrence Annello is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Financial Planner, and Managing Director of D.H.A.S. Financial Planning, which is a member of the Garrett Planning Network.

Kinks Fan Implores Group To 'Do It Again'

Geoff Edgers interviews Sting for his film, "Do It Again."
Geoff Edgers interviews Sting for his film, "Do It Again."

We speak with Geoff Edgers, a reporter for the Boston Globe, who as he was approaching the age of 40 went on a mission to reunite the favorite band of his youth, The Kinks. Problem is: the band's two founding brothers, Ray and Dave Davies, haven't spoken to each other in years. Undeterred, Edgers sets off on a quixotic quest to bring the brothers together and documents his effort in a film called, "Do It Again."

Music From The Show

  • Air, "Mike Mills"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Freddie Hubbard, "Little Sunflower"
  • Christian McBride, "Brother Mister"
  • Steve Earle, "Transcendental Blues"
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
  • The Kinks, "You Really Got Me"
  • The Kinks, "Well Respected Man"
  • The Kinks, "Sunny Afternoon"
  • The Kinks, "Waterloo Sunset"
  • The Kinks, "Set Me Free" as performed by Sting and Dave Edgers
  • The Kinks, "Days" as performed by Ray Davies, ex-members of the Kinks and the crowd at the 2009 Kinks Convention
  • Weird Al Yankovic, "Yoda" as performed by Dave Edgers and Friends
  • The Kinks, "Lola"


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