Rundown 11/12

Monday on Here & Now: For-profit education is back in the spotlight-- is Kaplan University helping poor students or deceiving them? Also, the story of the first living medal of honor recipient since Vietnam.

Obama Defends Setbacks In Asia: 'Sometimes We're Gonna Hit Singles'

President Barack Obama attends G-20 SME Finance Challenge Award winners ceremony at the G-20 summit in Seoul, South Korea. (AP)
President Barack Obama attends G-20 SME Finance Challenge Award winners ceremony at the G-20 summit in Seoul, South Korea. (AP)

Leaders of the world's largest economies concluded their meeting in Seoul, South Korea vowing to work toward global economic growth, but they failed to agree on policy details. The result was the second setback in two days for President Obama, after the President yesterday fell short of reaching a trade pact with South Korea. We have an update from Hans Nichols, White House correspondent for Bloomberg News.

From Community Radio To Rare Jazz- America's Sound Heritage Is Disappearing


The first comprehensive study of the preservation of sound in the United States, done for the Library of Congress, has determined that "major areas of America's recorded sound heritage have already deteriorated or remain inaccessible to the public." That includes everything from family audio tapes to a recording of jazz artist Dave Brubeck performing at MIT.  Many are on cassette or CD, which can have a shelf life of only three to five  years. Study co-author Rob Bamberger, host of "Hot Jazz Saturday Night" on WAMU, and Eugene DeAnna, head of the recorded sound section of the Library of Congress' National Audiovisual Conservation Center.

A mother carries her son in Beijing. (AP)
A mother carries her son in Beijing. (AP)

Is China's One-Child Policy Coming To An End?

China introduced its one-child policy more than 30 years ago to curb its exploding population. When the policy went into effect, China's economy was on its knees. Now it's booming and many influential figures in China are saying it may be time to relax the policy. The BBC's Jon Humphries reports.

Republicans Trade Jabs Over Pork Spending

Congressional Republicans are facing a battle over earmarks. On one side of the debate: the presumed next Speaker of the House, John Boehner of Ohio and newly-elected Tea Party Republicans, who want to ban earmarks to bring spending under control. Leading the charge to preserve earmarks is Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, who says a ban won't save money, and will give more control of the purse strings to President Obama. John Bresnahan, senior Congressional reporter for Politico, explains what's at stake for the GOP.

Memoir Explores Family's Complicated History With Fire

When Jay Varner decided to work as a reporter covering fires in his hometown of McVeytown, Penn., he knew he'd be constantly reminded of his family's complicated history with fire.  Jay's father had been the fire chief and a local hero, but his grandfather had been jailed for arson. Jay writes about his family in a new memoir, "Nothing Left to Burn."

Music From The Show

  • Ken Vandermark, "New Acrylic"
  • Joe Jackson, "Steppin' Out"
  • The Lickets, "A Crowd of Pimps in the Rain"
  • Fred Hersch, "Desafinado"
  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Moby, "Myopia"
  • Walter Becker & Donald Fagen “Fire in the Hole” performed by Steely Dan

This program aired on November 12, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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