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Tuesday July 21, 2009

Harvard Professor Racially Profiled?

In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, Henry Louis Gates Jr., historian and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, poses for a photograph in his home in Cambridge, Mass. Gates has accused the Cambridge police of racism after being arrested trying to get into his own locked home near Harvard University on Thursday, July 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

Henry Louis Gates Jr., historian and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, in a 2008 photograph in his Cambridge home (AP)

Police in Cambridge, Massachusetts have dropped disorderly conduct charges against prominent African American Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., in what grew into a dispute about racial profiling and police conduct. A woman in Gates’ neighborhood called police last Thursday after witnessing what she thought was a break-in. Gates was trying to get into his home after returning from a trip overseas. Police questioned him in his living room, they say Gates became angry… and Gates was hauled off in handcuffs. We speak with Boston Globe reporter Tracy Jan.

Reporter’s Notebook: Cairo

Michael Slackman, Cairo bureau chief for the New York Times, opens up his reporter’s notebook and takes us far from the headlines.  He describes a city that is so loud it’s like living next to a lawn mower from sunrise to sunset, where people die in fights while waiting in bread lines, where social pressures are leading more young people to Islam, and where residents are so eager to help they’ll give you the wrong directions rather than say they cannot guide you.

Russian Cosmonaut Looks Back on Space Race

As we mark the 40th anniversary of the first moon walk, we’re reminded that the Soviet Union was actually leading the space race in 1969 and planned to put its man on the moon first. The BBC’s Moscow Correspondent Rupert Wingfield Hayes reports on how Russia is reacting this week.

Is Massachusetts A Model for Healthcare Reform?

What can lawmakers in Washington learn from Massachusetts, on healthcare reform? 97% of Massachusetts residents are insured, since the state passed its mandatory health insurance law in 2006. While coverage has gone up, so have costs, by $4.7 billion. Paul Ginsburg, president of the Center for Studying Health System Change, is our guest.

Rocker Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter is still going strong at the age of 70. His latest solo record is called “Man Overboard.” He joins us for a conversation that ranges from his early days with Mott The Hoople (“All The Young Dudes”) to the relevance of music in his life today.

Music from the Show

  • Fugazi, “The Argument”
  • Weird Al Yankovic, “White and Nerdy,” (featuring Krayzie Bone)
  • Moby, “Inside”
  • Tortoise, “I Set My Face to the Hillside”
  • David Bowie, “All The Young Dudes,” performed by Mott the Hoople
  • Ian Hunter, “Babylon Blues”
  • Ian Hunger, “The Great Escape” 
  • Ian Hunter, “Arms and Legs”
  • Ian Hunter, “Flowers”
  • Ian Hunter, “Girl From the Office”
  • Ian Hunter, “Man Overboard”
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