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Rundown 9/24

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  • Monday on Here & Now: Can educating young people about mental illness help prevent them from slipping into a deeper psychosis? And Adrian Grenier, of Entourage, on the documentary he directed.
  • 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Judge To Decide On Injunction

    The same federal judge who recently ruled against the "don't ask, don't tell" policy preventing gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military could decide today on whether to issue an injunction against the policy. But the Obama administration says Congress and not a judge should repeal the policy, which it calls misguided. It's also been a busy week of political posturing and maneuvering, with Democrats deciding not to hold a vote before the November elections on whether to extend Bush-era tax cuts. We speak with Rick Klein, Senior Washington Editor for ABC World News, and host of the political webcast "Top Line."

    Please Hold. Your Call Is (Not That) Important To Us:

    We make 43 billion customer service calls a year and despite outsourcing, it's a growing industry in the U.S. Businesses are realizing they need to get customer service right, and they are turning to scientists working in artificial intelligence and psychology to devise better systems, both human and automated. We speak with journalist Emily Yellin, author of, "Your Call Is (Not That) Important to Us: Customer Service and What It Reveals About Our World and Our Lives."

    Baseball's Triple Crown Remains Elusive

    No one has won baseball's Triple Crown since 1967, when Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat. One of the sports rarest and grandest achievements, to win the Triple Crown a player needs to lead his league in batting average, runs batted in, and home runs. We speak with Glenn Stout about the players in the running this year. Stout is editor of the series, "Best American Sports Writing."

    Sudan Remains Unstable Ahead Of Secession Vote

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called Sudan a "ticking time bomb" in the run-up to a referendum scheduled for next January. Southern Sudan will decide whether to split from the north in a plebiscite that's part of a 2005 peace deal designed to end decades of civil war between the regions. There's a special meeting, that will even include President Obama, at the United Nations today to discuss the future of the East African nation. The BBC's East Africa correspondent Peter Greste joins us from Nairobi to explain what's at stake.

    Not A Joke: Comedian Brings Radio To Deaf Audience

    Growing up as the hearing child of deaf adults (also known as a "coda"), Keith Wann began his comedic career early by pulling pranks on his friends and family. As the interpreter for his parents, Wann had the luxury of not exactly translating what his teachers said during parent conferences. Or pretending to be his mom on their TTD phone, and insulting his friends. Now Wann tours the country as one of the premier American Sign Language comics. He also recently launched an Internet radio show, "That Keith Wann Show: Cultural Bridges," to bring deaf issues to the hearing world.

    Music From The Show

    • The Lickets, "Meat City"
    • Christian McBride, "Theme for Kareem"
    • Radiohead, "Myxamatosis"
    • Ken Vandermark, "New Acrylic"
    • The Wee Trio, "About a Girl"
    • Bonnie Taylor, "Total Eclipse of the Heart"


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