Rundown 10/26

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Bullying May Violate Federal Law

The U.S.Department of Education is sending a 10-page letter to schools and colleges today, asking them to make sure they are following federal laws against discrimination. The letter comes after a year-long review of federal law on sexual, racial and other types of harassment, but it has taken on new urgency after a string of suicides by gay students, who were being taunted about their sexual orientation. We speak with Mary Bruce of ABC News.

How Prepared Are We For Disaster?

President Obama has said that the U.S. can absorb another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11. But government emergency response is underfunded, often local emergency responders still don't have radios that talk to each other, and few people have an adequate disaster "go-pack" at home. We speak with Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University.

Daily Show Investigates 'NPR Staffing Decision 2010'

Everyone else in the media world has weighed in on NPR's decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams. Now Jon Stewart's The Daily Show has launched its own investigation. It concluded that Williams violated NPR's strict policy of "not saying anything interesting."

World Series Teams Vie To End Championship Drought

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson celebrates with catcher Buster Posey after leading his team to a defeat of the Philadelphia Phillies, and a World Series berth. (AP)
San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson celebrates with catcher Buster Posey after leading his team to a World Series berth. (AP)

Major League Baseball's World Series begins tomorrow night and we know this: one of the game’s longest championship droughts will come to an end. The San Francisco Giants haven't won the World Series since 1954 when they were still in New York. The Texas Rangers have never won it all. Joining us for a preview of the "Fall Classic" is Ted Keith, baseball editor for Sports Illustrated.

The Next Battle For Congress Starts In Races For The State House

After midterm elections next week, the party with the most power in state legislatures across the country gets to redraw legislative districts to their advantage, affecting the next four congressional elections as well as the next three presidential elections. Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, is keeping his eye on races for governor in several key states which are adding or losing congressional seats in the next two years.

What's Cooking In The Kitchens Of America's Newcomers?

Kashk-o-bedemjan, a Persian eggplant dish. (Karyn Miller-Medzon/WBUR)
Kashk-o-bedemjan, a Persian eggplant dish. (Karyn Miller-Medzon/WBUR)

Lynne Christy Anderson used to work as a chef, and she took her love of food with her when she began teaching English to new immigrants. In fact, she found that the topic of food helped her students learn their new language and also helped her learn more about them. Anderson tells the stories of many new arrivals in her book, "Breaking Bread: Recipes and Stories From Immigrant Kitchens." We also meet one of her cooks, Yasie Saadat, who explains the importance of Persian food in her new life in the U.S.

Music From The Show

  • Medeski, Martin and Wood, "Ice"
  • Radiohead, "There There"
  • Tommy Guerrero, "Birds Overhead"
  • The Ventures, "Steel Guitar Rag"
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"
  • The Funk Brothers, "Keep Me Hangin' On"
  • Ken Vandermark, "New Acrylic"
  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • The Wee Trio, "About a Girl"


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