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Monday March 8, 2010

Mandating Health Care Hitch

Virginia is poised this week to become the first state to make it illegal to require individuals to purchase health insurance, an idea which is a central part of Democrats’ health care reform plans in Washington. We speak with Rosalind Helderman of the Washington Post.

Regulating The Financial Industry

A new poll shows that two-thirds of Americans have an unfavorable view of major banks and financial institutions. We speak to Rep. Barney Frank, (D-MA) and chair of the House Financial Services Committee, about the need to create regulations that are transparent.

Paul Farmer On Haiti

Paul Farmer is the co-founder of Partners in Health and a United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti. We speak to him about rebuilding Haiti after January’s massive earthquake, as Haitian President Rene Preval visits the US.

Iraq Elections

Supporters of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr celebrate on the streets of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq today (AP)

We talk with the BBC’s Dan Damon about yesterday’s parliamentary election in Iraq. Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s “State of Law” coalition appears to have won the most seats, but not enough to form a government without some coalition building among rival factions.

Saving Energy

Last week, President Obama announced a $6B program that would give people incentives to make their homes more energy efficient. He also hopes the program will create jobs. We speak to Richard Burbank of Evergreen Home Performance in Rockland Maine.

Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow with the Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture (AP)

Bigelow is the first woman in the Academy Award’s 82-year history to win the Best Director award. We revisit our conversation with her when “The Hurt Locker,” which also received the Best Picture award, first came out.

Music From The Show

  • Galactic, “Kid Kenner”
  • Talia Zedek Band, “We Don’t Go”
  • Radiohead, “Nude”
  • Formigia, “No Twist”
  • Den Fule, “Legless Lizard”
  • Joy Division, “Candidate”
  • The Bad Plus, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana
  • Squarepusher, “My Sound”
  • Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, “The Way I Am”
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