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Monday June 21, 2010

BP Wellsite Leader Mickey Fruge stands on the deck of the Development Driller II, which is drilling a relief well at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. (AP)

Deepwater Drilling Moratorium Up For Debate in Federal Court Today

A federal court judge in New Orleans will hear argument for and against the temporary moratorium on deepwater oil drilling. Companies seeking to overturn the ban say the government has no evidence that existing rigs are unsafe. The government says the moratorium is needed while experts evaluate the industry’s safety procedures. We speak with Steve Mufson, finance and energy reporter for the Washington Post about why  hundreds of deep-sea rigs are still operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

Filmmaker Uncovers Environmental Dangers In Natural Gas Drilling Technique

When Josh Fox was offered $100,000 for the natural gas drilling rights to his property in Pennsylvania, he resisted. Instead, he picked up a camera and traveled the country to find out more about what could happen on his land if he signed on the dotted line. His film, GASLAND, airs tonight on HBO. It tells the story of tap water that can burst into flames, animals that are losing their hair and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracing.”  Under that process, millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are injected into the ground to break up rocks and release gas.  Fox says while in office, Vice President Dick Cheney worked to have “fracing” exempted from regulations in the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Air Act, even though the chemicals used can be toxic.

Nebraska Town Votes On Whether To Ban Hiring, Renting To Illegal Immigrants

Residents of Fremont, Neb. vote in a special election today on a measure to ban local businesses and landlords from hiring and renting to illegal immigrants. Some voters, angered by an influx of illegal immigrants, demanded the measure be put on the ballot after the city government narrowly voted down the issue two years ago. We speak with Fred Knapp, reporter for NET Radio, Nebraska’s NPR news station.

Aids Activist Calls For Focus On Health Of HIV-Positive Mothers To Help Kids

The leading cause of HIV infection in children is transmission from mother to child, or what’s known as vertical transmission. In 2001, governments around the world pledged to reduce transmission by half.  But our guest, Paula Donovan, of the advocacy group Aids Free World, argues that rates haven’t dropped significantly in the developing world, and that has to do with the fact that too little attention is paid to the health of the mother. Her organization is calling for more attention to the health of the mother, whose survival is critical for the health of the child.

Vermont Rockers Explore Roots

Rolling Stone gives some major props to Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, calling Potter a “modern New England Blues Mama.”  The magazine also rated the Vermont-based rockers one of the best, new bands of the year. Their new self-titled record is just out and the band is on the road, with stops in Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas this week. Lead singer Grace Potter joins us to talk about the music and her Vermont roots.

Music From The Show

  • Air, “Mike Mills”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • Paul Simon, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
  • Ashley MacIsaac, “Sleepy Maggie”
  • Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, “Only Love”
  • Jefferson Airplane, “White Rabbitt” performed by Grace Potter And The Nocturnals
  • Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, “Medicine”
  • Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, “Colors”
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