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Thursday June 24, 2010

A crab covered in oil is washed ashore at Pensacola Beach in Pensacola, Fla. (AP)

Oil Inundates Florida Beaches

Thick pools of oil washed up along miles of national park and Pensacola Beach shoreline as health advisories against swimming and fishing in the once-pristine waters were extended for 33 miles east from the Alabama line. The oil reeked as it baked in the afternoon heat on a beach that looked as if it had been paved with a 6-foot-wide ribbon of asphalt. This comes as BP put the containment cap back in place on the broken oil well after a deep-sea blunder forced crews to temporarily remove what has been the most effective method so far for containing some of the massive Gulf of Mexico spill.

Change In Afghan War Leadership Exposes Strategy Divisions

President Obama’s choice of Gen. David Petraeus to take over command of the Afghan war is being called a political masterstroke that’s winning almost universal praise in Congress. But it’s exposed deepening fault lines on how to move forward in America’s longest war; can Petraeus, who turned around the war in Iraq with a counterinsurgency strategy that he virtually invented, successfully use the same strategy in Afghanistan, on a timeline? We speak with Bruce Riedel, senior foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution, who led President Obama’s 2009 strategy review on the war in Afghanistan, and journalist Spencer Ackerman, senior reporter for’s “Danger Room” blog. He’s most recently written about the change in leadership for the Washington Independent.

Condoms Made Available To All Children In Provincetown, Ma. Schools

Starting in September, children attending kindergarten through 12th grade classes in Provincetown public schools will have access to free condoms. The school committee voted unanimously to allow the practice whereby children will receive condoms if they ask for them, provided they agree to counseling on proper use and health concerns. School officials do retain the right to deny a child’s request if they think it’s inappropriate.

American John Isner Prevails In Longest Tennis Match In History

John Isner of the U.S. reacts as he defeats France's Nicolas Mahut, in their epic men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon. (AP)

With a final winning backhand, American John Isner beat Frenchman Nicolas Mehut 3 sets to 2; the final score in the 5th set was 70 games to 68. “I got a little bit tired,” Isner said after the match. “But when you come out and play a match like this you don’t feel tired. Even though that’s exactly what we both are. This crowd was fantastic.” We speak with Bill Littlefield, of NPR’s Only A Game.

Listener Letters: Is A Drilling Moratorium Like Grounding Flights After A Plane Crash?

We had a couple of Louisiana business people on the program say that calling a moratorium on deep water drilling because of the BP well blowout would be like grounding the airline industry because of one plane crash. Listener Scott Simmons of Philadelphia had a response- he said a plane crash is a single event. And in the case of the oil gusher, it’s been over 60 days and there’s still no resolution.

A Winter Film For Summer Makes Waves At Sundance

Winter’s Bone” won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance film festival and was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as the “Must-see Indie.” Based on the Daniel Woodrell novel, the film tells the story of Ree Dolly, a teen taking care of her younger siblings and her mentally ill mother. Ree goes looking for her bail-jumping father in order to save the family home in the Missouri Ozarks. Here and Now’s Emiko Tamagawa spoke with director and co-writer Debra Granik and John Hawkes who stars in the film.

Music From The Show

  • Kar Kar Madison, “Boubacar Traore”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • Michael Jackson, “Man in the Mirror”
  • The Wee Trio, “Flint”
  • Charles Mingus, “Pedal Point Blues”
  • Marideth Sisco and Blackberry Winter “Fair and Tender Ladies”
  • Marideth Sisco “Missouri Waltz”
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