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Tuesday June 22, 2010

U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of the NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan in May. (AP)

General Stanley McChrystal Called To The White House Over Comments Criticizing Obama Administration

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan is apologizing for comments he made in a new Rolling Stone profile, and he has been summoned to Washington to meet with President Obama. In the article, McChrystal and some of his aides are quoted criticizing top administration officials. Washington Post reporter Ernesto Londono, who has seen a copy of the Rolling Stone story, joins us from Kabul.

Boston Program Helps People In Foreclosure Buy Back Their Homes

Amid record home repossessions nationwide, a privately-funded program is being touted by the Federal Reserve as a national model to help neighborhoods blighted by foreclosures. The $50 million Stabilizing Urban Neighborhoods (SUN) Initiative, launched by the nonprofit Boston Community Capital, aims to keep more than 2,000 foreclosed homeowners in their properties.  Their strategy is to buy the homes after foreclosure and sell them back to the owners with an affordable, fixed-rate mortgage. We meet one of the SUN Initiative’s first clients and speak with Elyse Cherry, CEO of Boston Community Capital.

BP Enlists Washington Heavyweights In PR Offensive

BP is facing one crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, where its well is spewing oil out of control, and another in the arena of public opinion. Anyone with a blog, Facebook account or Twitter feed, can sound off on BP any time they want. And then there’s the 24-hour video feed of oil gushing into the gulf, not to mention Congressional hearings and presidential dressing-downs. So what’s a multi-national corporation to do? BP has hired an army of high powered Washington insiders to help them massage their image and weather the crisis. Kristin Jensen of Bloomberg Businessweek tells us about the company’s public relations offensive.

  • Twitter Wars: Check out competing tweets from BP_America (official company feed) and BPGlobalPR (BP critics)

President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez before a screening of Oliver Stone's Chavez documentary "South of the Border" in New York. (AP)

Oliver Stone Documentary Paints Rosy Image Of Hugo Chavez

The new documentary from the controversial American director Oliver Stone focuses on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and other Latin American leaders.  “South Of The Border” is Stone’s attempt to reverse what he believes is the US media’s “demonization” of Chavez. The BBC’s Stephen Sackur attended the film’s recent premiere in Caracas, Venezuela.

Cowboy Junkies Look To China

The music group the Cowboy Junkies in Madison, Wis. From left to right are Alan Anton, Margo Timmins, Michael Timmins and Peter Timmins. (AP)

We speak with Michael Timmins and Margo Timmins of  the Cowboy Junkies. The group has just released “Renmin Park,” a new CD based on the time Michael and his family recently spent in China. It includes original material, covers of songs by some of China’s most popular musicians, and Michael’s field recordings of the places he visited.

Music From The Show

  • Christian McBride, “Theme for Kareem”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • The Lickets, “Serial East”
  • Paul Simon, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”
  • Moby, “Inside”
  • Thelonius Monk, “Caravan”
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