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Thursday June 17, 2010

Lawmakers Demand Answers From BP CEO Tony Hayward

BP CEO Tony Hayward testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hearing on "the role of BP in the Deepwater Horizon Explosion and oil spill. (AP)

Speaking at a Congressional hearing today, BP CEO Tony Hayward expressed “deep regret” for the Gulf oil disaster, a day after the company agreed to a White House request for a $20 billion victims’ compensation fund.  Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, criticized that fund, saying “I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. I think it is a tragedy in the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown. In this case a $20 billion  shakedown.” Rep. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, disagreed and said that the agreement does not represent a shakedown, but rather “this is… the American government working at its best.” We get the latest on the hearings with Gail Chaddock of the Christian Science Monitor.

Author’s Quest Uncovers Secrets Of U.S. Infrastructure

Our guest Scott Huler set out to follow all the wires, cables, pipes, drains, and sewers from his back yard to understand the grid of infrastructure that makes our lives possible. One of the things he found–surveyors have shaped your life even before your house is built, and three of the four Presidents on Mount Rushmore worked as surveyors. Huler’s new book is “On The Grid: A Plot of Land, an Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make Our World Work.”

Chicago Hospital Faces Life And Death Decision In Case Of Conjoined Twins

Kaydon and Kameron Hayes are almost three months old and they’re already at the center of an ethical dilemma. The twins are cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. They are conjoined — sharing a liver and a malformed heart. We speak with Lisa Anderson Shaw of the medical center’s Clinical Ethics Consult Service about the ethical questions the hospital staff is dealing with in caring for these children.

Sports Wrap: World Cup And NBA Finals

Argentina's Sergio Romero, left, dives for the ball as South Korea's Yeom Ki-hun, left, takes a shot during the World Cup group B soccer match between Argentina and South Korea at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa. (AP)

Bill Littlefield of NPR’s Only A Game drops by to bring us up to date on some of the news from the sports world — including the World Cup — and the anxieties in Los Angeles and Boston as these two great rivals prepare for Game 7 of the NBA World Championship series.

BP Repeatedly Stumbles Over Its Words

The Swedish chair of BP’s board angered many Americans by saying he cared about the “small people” in the Gulf of Mexico, and CEO Tony Hayward has become one of the most hated men in America as a result of his comments about the company’s gushing oil well, including saying “I’d like my life back” in a television interview. We speak with TJ Walker, CEO of Media Training Worldwide, about what’s gone wrong in BP communications and how the company could improve its image.

Humor, Fear And Remorse Mark Last Words Of The Executed

Some apologize, some claim their innocence, some even make jokes. Before Robert Alton Harris was executed in 1992, he said “You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the grim reaper,” a line of dialogue from the film “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.” Journalist Robert K. Elder included those words in his new book, “Last Words Of The Executed” and he joins us to talk about it.

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Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

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Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.