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US Intensifies Attacks In Pakistan

Supporters of a Pakistani religious group hold a rally against U.S. drone missile strikes on the country's tribal areas. (AP)
Supporters of a Pakistani religious group hold a rally against U.S. drone missile strikes on the country's tribal areas. (AP)

Pakistan's foreign ministry says deadly weekend attacks in Taliban strongholds by piloted American military helicopters are a violation of its sovereignty. The tension between Pakistan and the U.S. comes as the U.S. also launched more than 20 attacks with armed drones this month — the most ever during a single month. We speak with the BBC's Adam Mynott in Islamabad.

GOP Targets State Houses In Highly Democratic Northeast

We're continuing our look at heated races around the country. In New York, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is running against real estate developer and first time candidate, Carl Paladino. In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick is getting challenged by the state's Treasurer, Tim Cahill, and by businessman Charles Baker. Republicans are smelling opportunity to get into the corner office in both states. Our guests are Alan Chartock of WAMC in Albany, N.Y. and David Bernstein of the Boston Phoenix.

High-Powered Lasers Are A Danger To Pilots

Federal authorities say they're going to crack down on people who point high powered lasers — the kind used by stargazers — into the cockpits of airliners and helicopters. In the latest case, a Rhode Island man has been charged with interfering with an aircraft after temporarily blinding a pilot during his landing attempt. The latest FBI statistics list 1,700 laser incidents in the first eight months of this year alone. We check in with the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island, Peter F. Neronha.

Grieving Father Launches A Personal Crusade To Stop Texting While Driving

(poka0059/Flickr)
(poka0059/Flickr)

On Thursday, Massachusetts becomes one of 30 states with bans on texting while driving. As part of the law, Massachusetts teenagers will be banned from using a cellphone while behind the wheel of a car. Jerry Cibley of Foxboro, Mass. tells us about his efforts to get this law passed after his 18-year-old son, Jordan, died in 2007. Jordan was driving while talking to his parents when his car slammed into a tree.

Pastry Competition Puts The Heat On Master Chefs

Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer sets up his buffet for the final Meilleurs Ouvriers de France judging, while a MOF judge looks on. (D.A. Pennebaker)
Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer sets up his buffet for the final Meilleurs Ouvriers de France judging, while a MOF judge looks on. (D.A. Pennebaker)

We speak to filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker about their new film "Kings of Pastry." It documents the 2007 competition to find new Meilleurs Ouvriers de France or "Best Craftsmen in France" of pastry making. During the three day competition sixteen finalists have to make a dizzying array of pastries, sculptures, candies and cakes under extreme time pressures as well as the watchful eyes and discriminating palates of judges.

Music From The Show

  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Christian McBride, "Theme for Kareem"
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"
  • Dean & Britta, "Herringbone Tweed"
  • Ken Vandermark, "New Acrylic"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Sebastien Giniaux “Rue St. Maur” performed by Django Memory

This program aired on September 28, 2010.

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