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Healthcare Provisions Kick In Ahead Of Midterm Elections

Several consumer-friendly provisions of the healthcare overhaul law will go into effect this week, including a provision that mandates insurance companies allow young adults under 26 to stay on their parents' insurance plans. The law was written so those benefits would kick in right before the midterm elections, but with about half of all Americans saying they don't support the healthcare overhaul, will Democratic candidates embrace the law or distance themselves from it? Laura Meckler of the Wall Street Journal brings us the story.

Inside C-Street, The House That Hoped To Transform America

C-Street has been described as a spiritual frat house. It's run by The Fellowship, the secretive Christian organization whose mission is to transform the world by offering spiritual guidance to American and world leaders. But recently, members of The Fellowship have been scandal-plagued and the organization has faced media scrutiny. We speak with Jeff Sharlet, editor at Harper's and Rolling Stone magazines and author of "C-Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy."

Brits Turn Over Dangerous Afghan Province to Americans

British soldiers from Somme Company providing security as Afghan National Army troops search compounds near the town of Sayedebad, Afghanistan. (AP)
British soldiers from Somme Company providing security as Afghan National Army troops search compounds near the town of Sayedebad, Afghanistan. (AP)

British forces arrived in Helmand province's Sangin district in 2006 and have suffered heavy losses there in fierce fighting with Taliban insurgents. Now they are turning control of the region over to U.S. troops. The BBC's Ian Pannell was in Sangin for the handover.

Testimony Resumes This Week In CT Home Invasion And Murder Trial

Dr. William Petit, whose wife and two daughters were killed talks to the media outside the New Haven Superior Court on Thursday. (AP)   (AP Photo/Douglas Healey).
Dr. William Petit, whose wife and two daughters were killed talks to the media outside the New Haven Superior Court on Thursday. (AP) (AP Photo/Douglas Healey).

Last week, 47-year-old defendant Steven Hayes sat emotionless through the first week of testimony, as Dr. William Petit took the stand to give testimony in a home invasion case straight out of a horror film. Hayes could face the death penalty if convicted of murdering Petit's two girls and raping and murdering Petit's wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit. We speak with Randall Beach, who's covering the story for the New Haven Register.

'Cathy' Says Good-bye After 34 Years

Cathy and Irving, the lead characters in the "Cathy" comic strip drawn by Cathy Guisewite, preparing to tie the knot. (AP)
Cathy and Irving, the lead characters in the "Cathy" comic strip drawn by Cathy Guisewite, preparing to tie the knot. (AP)

When Cathy Guisewite launched the comic strip "Cathy" in 1976, she was caught between two worlds: the one where women traditionally settled down and got married, and the one where women pursued careers and displayed much more independence. The conflict was often apparent in her strip, where Cathy the character suffered constant anxiety about dating, her parents, her job, and of course, bathing suits. We speak to Cathy Guisewite about how the parallels between her life and that of her cartoon namesake, and her ultimate decision to end the strip this coming October.

Music From The Show

  • Dean & Britta, "Herringbone Tweed"
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"
  • Sigur Ros, "Nybatteri"
  • Massive Attack, "Pray for Rain"
  • Nathan Milstein, "Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin"
  • Helen Reddy and Ray Burton “I Am Woman” performed by Helen Reddy.

This program aired on September 20, 2010.

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