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Wednesday August 5, 2009
Euna Lee, left, and Laura Ling, two American journalists who were arrested in March after allegedly crossing into North Korea from China, are greeted by Michael Saldate, the husband of Euna Lee, second from right, Ian Clayton, the husband of Laura Ling, right, and Lee's daughter, Hana, after the two arrive at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009. (AP)

American journalists Euna Lee, left, and Laura Ling, are greeted by Michael Saldate, the husband of Euna Lee, second from right, Ian Clayton, the husband of Laura Ling, right, and Lee's daughter, Hana, after the two arrived at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009. (AP)

Home from North Korea

The two journalists sentenced to twelve years hard labor by the North Korean regime returned home today with former President Bill Clinton.  We’ll speak with Aidan Foster Carter, an expert on Korea and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Leeds University in England.

Bullying

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement (pdf file) recognizing the serious threat bullying poses to kids’ health and safety, and increasing the involvement of pediatricians when it comes to dealing with bullying. We’re joined by Dr. Robert Sege, one of the report’s authors and chief of ambulatory pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, and Sirdeaner Walker, the mother of an 11-year-old boy who hanged himself last April after being relentlessly bullied at his Springfield, Massachusetts elementary school.

John Quincy Adams on Twitter

The Massachusetts Historical Society begins tweeting the one-line diary entries that John Quincy Adams kept 200 years ago when he journeyed to Russia as a US minister.  We speak with Jeremy Dibbell, assistant reference librarian at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Dibbell writes the Massachusetts Historical Society blog, the Beehive.

A Mayor’s Point of View

Dick Moore, Mayor of Elkhart, Indiana, will be on hand today to see President Obama return to the struggling capital of the R.V. industry in order to commit $2.4 billion in stimulus for the making of electric cars. Unemployment in Elkhart is about 17%, but Moore says things are improving.

Behind the Gates of a Retirement Community

Child-free retirement communities started in the 50s — but they’ve blossomed as boomers age. So what goes on in these gated communities? Andrew Blechman has all the details in his book Leisureville. This is a rebroadcast of our conversation with him last year.

Music from the show

  • Radiohead, “In Limbo”
  • The Lickets, “A Crowd of Pimps in the Rain”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Stolen Moments”
  • Thelonius Monk, “Caravan”
  • Nathan Milstein, “Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin”
  • Sun Kil Moon, “Carry Me Ohio”
  • Radiohead, “Myxamatosis”
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