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Release Of Wikileaks Documents Could Alter Debate On Afghan War Funding

As a war funding measure makes its way through Congress, the Wikileaks documents could reinforce the view by some that the war in Afghanistan has reached a stalemate. We speak with Gail Chaddock, congressional correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

Sizing Up Eric Holder's Justice Department

Attorney General Eric Holder looks on during a news conference in Miami in July.  (AP )
Attorney General Eric Holder looks on during a news conference in Miami in July. (AP )

U.S. Army Staff Officer Tries To Revive Iraq's National Band

Lt. Colonel Cheryl McAuley was serving as a staff officer in Iraq when she learned about the shabby state of the country's national band: instruments were broken and a number of members had been injured when they tried to vote in recent elections. We speak with McAuley about her efforts to inject new life into the band.

  • Band Donations: For information on how to help Iraq's national band, email

From Aggressive Dogs To Frostbitten Fingers, Letter Carriers Share Their Stories

Do you know who delivered your mail today? If you're in Fairbanks, Alaska, maybe it was Gary Dupue, who still makes the rounds on days so cold that car tires froze to the ground. If you're in Minneapolis, Minnesota, maybe it was Paul Tanick who one day was bitten by the same dog twice. Their stories are featured in a new book, compiled by longtime mail carriers Kate Drury of Amesbury, Massachusetts and retired school teacher, Lois McNulty. Their book is "Carried Away: True Stories from Letter Carriers Across America."

'The Searchers' Inspires Directors More Than 50 Years Later

John Ford's 1956 film, "The Searchers," is a favorite of directors Martin Scorcese, Paul Schrader and Francis Ford Coppola. And though neither Roger Ebert or Pauline Kael were fans, the American Film Institute called the movie the best western of all time. We take an in-depth look at "The Searchers" with Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr.

Music From The Show

  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Nathan Milstein, "Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin"
  • The Wee Trio, "About a Girl"
  • Pat Metheny, "Letter from Home"
  • Steve Earle, "Transcendental Blues"
  • Stan Jones “What Makes A Man To Wander” performed by The Sons of The Pioneers
  • Buddy Holly,  Jerry Allison, Norman Petty “That’ll Be The Day” performed by Buddy Holly and The Crickets


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