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Floods Devastate Asia

An aerial view of houses submerged in floodwater in Mithan Kot, in central Pakistan, on August 9, 2010. (AP)
An aerial view of houses submerged in floodwater in Mithan Kot, in central Pakistan, on August 9, 2010. (AP)

The death toll from landslides in northwestern China now tops 700, as crews in three countries across Asia struggle to reach survivors from flooding that has afflicted millions of people. Flash floods in Indian-controlled Kashmir have killed more than 150 people and the worst floods in Pakistan's history have affected nearly 14 million people. The BBC's Mike Wooldridge joins us from Islamabad with the latest on the flooding in Pakistan.

Pakistan Crisis

We speak with Adil Najam, professor of international relations at Boston University, who says there is a profound sense of helplessness and despair in Pakistan about the challenges the country is facing.

Key Primary Elections In Four States Today

Voters in Colorado, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Georgia go to the polls today to pick congressional and gubernatorial candidates for the November elections. President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Huckabee are all lending their support to various contenders, and the Tea Party is shaking things up as well. We speak to Rick Klein, senior Washington editor for ABC World News.

Going Farther, With Less

Chang Ho Kim's modified 1989 Honda CRX that gets an incredible 118 miles per gallon. (Val Wang/Here & Now)
Chang Ho Kim's modified 1989 Honda CRX that gets an incredible 118 miles per gallon. (Val Wang/Here & Now)

In these days of high gas prices and concerns about global warming, automakers brag if their vehicles go more than 40 miles on a gallon of gas. When Maynard, Mass., mechanic Chang Ho Kim hears that, he just chuckles. Kim won a fuel economy competition using his low-tech modified 1989 Honda CRX. He managed a stunning 118 miles per gallon. Kim stops by to give us his tips for fuel efficient motoring.

Best-Selling Author Carl Hiaasen Turns His Satirical Eye To The Seedy Side Of Celebrity

Carl Hiaasen's new novel "Star Island" centers around Cherry Pye, a 22-year-old pop star with a mediocre voice and a major drug habit. To help cover for Cherry's indiscretions, her handlers hire Ann Deluisa as an "undercover stunt double" a situation that becomes complicated when a crazed tabloid photographer seeking Cherry kidnaps Ann instead. Hiaasen joins us to speak about his newest work.

Music From The Show

  • Medeski, Martin and Wood, "Bloody Oil"
  • The Benevento, "Sunny's Song"
  • Freddie Hubbard, "Little Sunflower"
  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Fred Hersch, "Desafinado"
  • Gary Numan, "Cars"
  • Jimmy Buffett “The Ballad of Skip Wiley”

This program aired on August 10, 2010.

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