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Friday June 19, 2009
An Iranian man holds a poster of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at the conclusion of the Friday prayers, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, June 19, 2009.  Iran's supreme leader said Friday that the country's disputed presidential vote had not been rigged, sternly warning protesters of a crackdown if they continue massive demonstrations demanding a new election. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

An Iranian man holds a poster of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after Friday prayers in Tehran, Iran (AP)

The Ayatollah Speaks

In his first public address since the disputed presidential election, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ruled out election fraud and warned Iranians that he would crackdown on any future protests.  We speak with Marie Colvin, who is reporting from Tehran for the Times of London.

Stay at Home Dads

With the number of stay at home dads in this country skyrocketing, scientists have started researching the role of dads.  They found that becoming a full-time parent changes a man’s body and brain in many of the same ways it does for women.  Our guest is former stay-at-home-dad Jeremy Adam Smith, whose new book is called “The Daddy Shift.”

Kentucky Budget Woes

Kentucky is one of the many states facing budget shortfalls in the current recession. The Bluegrass state is $1 billion dollars in debt, despite raising taxes on cigarettes and its world famous bourbon earlier this year. We talk with Stephenie Steitzer of the Louisville Courier-Journal about how Kentucky is coping.

Reporter’s Notebook from Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai arrives in London today as part of his tour to solicit financial aid for his country, which has been devastated by AIDS and chronic poverty.  He is sharing power with his rival, the country’s long-time president, Robert Mugabe, after last year’s violent elections.  BBC Correspondent Mike Thomson is back from an undercover reporting trip to Zimbabwe and tells us what he saw.

Tiempo Libre

We revisit a conversation we had with Jorge Gomez, the Cuban-born musical director of Tiempo Libre.  His Miami-based band has been nominated for two Grammy awards and they just released new CD “Bach in Havana” which puts their own spin on works by the classical composer.

Music from the show

  • Boards of Canada, “Happy Cycling”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Gibraltar”
  • Talking Heads, “This Must Be the Place”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Tiempo Libre, “Tu Conga Bach,”
  • Tiempo Libre,”Lo Que Esperabas”
  • Tiempo Libre,”Arroz Con Mango”
  • Tiempo Libre,”Manos Pa’rriba”
  • Tiempo Libre,”Rumba Sinfonica”
  • Tiempo Libre,”Tengo Que Olvidarte”
  • Tiempo Libre,”Olas de Yemaya”
  • Earth, Wind & Fire, “Let’s Groove”
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