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Monday May 11, 2009

Journalist Roxana Saberi Freed

The Iranian-American journalist jailed in Iran was freed today after a court in Tehran suspended her prison term. Saberi had been convicted of spying for the US in Iran, she denied the charges. Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, is our guest.

‘Waiting for Armageddon’ Film

A documentary called “Waiting for Armageddon” depicts the thinking of American evangelical Christians who see the end of days approaching in the Middle East. We speak with filmmaker, Franco Sacchi, about what they say their beliefs are, and we ask did those beliefs shape US policy?

Can Healthcare Costs Be Cut?

President Obama meets today with representatives from the hospital industry, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and doctors. These industry leaders say they’ll reduce spending over the next 10 years — which would allow for more people to become insured. How will they cut costs and will Congress buy it? Gail Chaddock of the Christian Science Monitor joins us.

No Escaping Commercials

TIVO pioneered the digital video recorder (DVR), which allows people to easily record shows and skip over commercials during playback. But now TIVO is helping to pioneer a way to force people to watch commercials – by wedging them into the fast-forward mode of the DVR. Here & Now Media Analyst John Carroll tells us this is one of many ways that television executives are looking to raise ad dollars.

The Quirky Quay Brothers

The Quay Brothers accepting the 2009 Coolidge Award honoring film artists whose work advances the spirit of original and challenging cinema. (David Fox)

The Quay Brothers accepting the 2009 Coolidge Award, honoring film artists whose work advances the spirit of original and challenging cinema. (David Fox)

For 30 years, brothers Timothy and Stephen Quay have been producing weird, creepy, yet beautifully animated films which feature mysterious worlds that are populated by dolls, puppets and debris. Here and Now’s Andrea Shea reports on a new exhibition that pulls back the curtain on the Quay Brothers intricate production process.

Music from the show

  • The Lickets, “Serial East”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • Tito Puente, “Royal T”
  • Peter Dixon, “Nagog Woods”
  • Talking Heads, “This Must Be the Place”
  • The Ventures, “Green Onions”
  • Steve Earle, “Transcendental Blues”
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