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Wednesday July 29, 2009

Terrorist Conspiracy in North Carolina

FILE --These undated file photos provided by the City County Bureau of Identification in Wake County, N.C., show from left: Daniel Patrick Boyd, Hysen Sherifi, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan and Ziyad Yaghi. Authorities claim the group, including 3others and an eighth suspect believed to be in Pakistan, were gearing up for a "violent jihad," though prosecutors haven't detailed any specific targets or timeframe. If convicted, the men could face life in prison. (AP Photo/City County Bureau of Identification/file)

Undated file photos of Daniel Patrick Boyd, Hysen Sherifi, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan and Ziyad Yaghi, four of seven men in custody on terrorism charges in North Carolina. (AP)

Eight men face charges that they were part of a terrorist conspiracy to wage an Islamic holy war on foreign soil. Authorities say the men trained in jihad camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Josh Meyer, who covers national security for the Los Angeles Times and Tribune, joins us to talk about this case.

The ‘Great Recession’ is Over

According to Newsweek, the “Great Recession” is over, but the long, slow recovery is just beginning. The magazine’s cover story this week explains how this was not your father’s recession, and it won’t be your father’s recovery. The most recent financial meltdown was caused by the housing and credit markets, rather than manufacturing losses as in the past, and digging out of the quagmire will require creativity, confidence, and most of all, patience. Newsweek’s Daniel Gross joins us.

Swimsuit Beats Phelps

German swimmer Paul Biedermann blasted past Michael Phelps in the 200 meter freestyle final in Rome yesterday, smashing Phelps’ world record in the process. Beidermann wore a new, high tech polyurethane suit and his performance inflamed a festering issue:  the high tech suits that critics say are destroying the sport of swimming. We’ll speak with Washington Post staff writer Amy Shipley from Rome.

Tweet This!

Businesses are turning to Twitter to reach out to customers, improve brand loyalty and respond to customer complaints – all in 140 characters or less. Here & Now media analyst John Carroll tells us why businesses are spending a quarter of a billion dollars to reach consumers through social media sites such as Twitter.

Julia Child, Revisited

With the opening of the new film “Julie and Julia,” the late food icon Julia Child is back in the spotlight. We revisit our conversation we had with Julia Child in 2000, shortly before she was awarded France’s Legion of Honor.

Music from the Show

  • Peter Dixon, “Nagog Woods”
  • The Wee Trio, “About a Girl”
  • Art Blakey, “C.O.R.E.”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Bobby Day, “Rockin’ Robin”
  • Edith Piaf & Louis Guglielmi, “La Vie en Rose,” performed by Frederic Foret
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