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Wednesday October 28, 2009


An Afghan policeman carries an injured unidentified German National, a U.N. staffer from the site of a attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009. Gunmen attacked a guest house used by U.N. staff in the Afghan capital of Kabul early Wednesday, officials said. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility, saying it was meant as an assault on the upcoming presidential election. (AP)

An Afghan policeman carries an injured unidentified German National, a U.N. staffer from the site of a attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009. (AP)

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan stormed a guest house used by the United Nation in Kabul and at least a dozen people were killed. The attack comes as the Obama Administration is considering a shift in strategy in Afghanistan. Thom Shanker of the New York Times reports that the strategy will now focus on protecting the ten most populous areas in Afghanistan.

A Medicare Primer

Medicare is at the center of the debate over health care reform — what might reform mean to the alphabet soup of the behemoth Medicare program? We’ll get a primer from Stuart Altman, professor of health policy at Brandies University’s Heller School. Altman has advised presidents since Nixon about Medicare and Medicaid.

World Series

They are calling this the Turnpike Series – as the Philadelphia Phillies head up to the Bronx to meet the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series. Can the Phillies repeat last year’s glory? Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated is our guest.

Civil Commitment

It’s a legal way for states to keep sex offenders locked up after they’ve served their prison terms. How does it work? We’ll speak with Dr. Anna Salter, a leading psychologist who consults with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and evaluates sex offenders for civil commitment.

The Tree That Time Built

A new anthology for kids uses poetry and science to illustrate Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. It’s called, “The Tree That Time Built:   Celebration of Nature, Science and Imagination.” The poems were selected by, and some of them written by, the Children’s Poet Laureate, Mary Ann Hoberman, and cultural anthropologist, Linda Winston. And they join us to talk about it.

Poems in the piece

  • “The Termite” by Ogden Nash
  • “Anthropoids” by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • “Atom from Atom” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “The Pedigree of Honey” by Emily Dickinson
  • “The Polar Bear” by Jack Prelutsky
  • “A Discovery” by Yokoi Yayu
  • “Flies” by Valerie Worth
  • “Frog” by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • “Just Living” by Hans Christian Andersen
  • “Old Elm Speaks” by Kristine O”Connell George

Music from the Show

Fugazi, “Sweet ‘n Low”
Sun Kil Moon, “Si Paloma”
Maserati, “Wires Were Towers”
The Police, “Walking on the Moon”

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