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Thursday June 18, 2009

Montana Public Health Emergency

The EPA is declaring a public health emergency in the towns of Libby and Troy, Montana, where asbestos contamination from a mine has sickened thousands of people and left more than 200 dead. We speak with Gayla Benefield, a Libby resident who has the lung condition, asbestosis; she has been campaigning for years for federal help.

Food Inc.

Why do we know so little about what we eat every day? Robert Kenner is director and producer of the new film, “Food Inc.”  From factory farms, genetically modified seeds, and meat production plants — Food Inc. attempts to show Americans the stories behind the food on their plates.

American Forces Leave Iraqi Cities

In just over two weeks, US combat troops will be off the streets of Iraqi cities. The home-grown security forces will take over sole responsibility for safety in some of the most dangerous areas of Iraq. BBC Correspondent Nicholas Witchell went on one of the last American foot patrols with the US 5th Cavalry in Baghdad to gauge reaction to the troop withdrawal.

Iranian Protests Confound Ruling Clerics

In this image issued by the government run Fars News Agency, supporters of pro-reform leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, attend a rally in Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday  June, 17, 2009. Iran has accused the United States of "intolerable" meddling in its internal affairs, alleging for the first time that Washington has fueled a bitter post-election dispute. (AP)

In this image issued by the government run Fars News Agency, supporters of pro-reform leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, attend a rally in Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday June, 17, 2009. (AP)

If Iran’s election was rigged, was it part of a power play by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to destabilize the country and oust the country’s ruling clerics? That’s one theory being discussed as protestors take to the streets of Tehran today in support of opposition candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi. We speak to Babak Rahimi, a professor at UC-San Diego. He fled Iran in the 1980s after his father was assassinated, but returned this year to study the electoral process.

Letters 

We hear from listeners after our recent remembrance of AIDS activist Thembi Ngubane, and our segment on Carl Sandburg’s Guitar.

Bartering

Here and Now’s Andrea Shea reports on a trend that is happening in the sour economy: bartering.

Music from the show

  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Tito Puente, “Royal T”
  • The Lickets, “Serial East”
  • Ashley MacIsaac, “Sleepy Maggie”
  • The Lickets, “A Crowd of Pimps in the Rain”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • Thomas “Fats” Waller, Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf, “Ain’t Misbehaving” performed by Ken Lelen
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Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

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Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.