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Friday June 25, 2010

Financial Overhaul Finalized After Overnight Session

After a marathon overnight session, Congressional lawmakers finalized a sweeping overhaul of the finance industry early Friday morning. We speak with Gail Chaddock of the Christian Science Monitor.

The BP Oil Disaster And Its Causes Foreshadow Things To Come

The Obama administration failed to fulfill its promise to clean up malfeasance at the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service, according to Rolling Stone magazine and its two-part series looking at the BP oil crisis.  We speak with Rolling Stone reporter Tim Dickinson, who takes aim at the government and labels BP a “repeat felon” that has long put profits over safety and human lives. Dickinson also writes that as bad as the current Gulf crisis is, future drilling plans in the Arctic could lead to something much, much worse.

  • Read: ‘The Spill, The Scandal And The President’- Part 1 and Part 2

Slovakia's Marek Hamsik, top left, and Slovakia's Miroslav Stoch, right, celebrate with team members after winning the World Cup group F soccer match between Slovakia and Italy at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. (AP)

World Cup: On To The Knockout Round

The World Cup‘s do-or-die knock-out round begins tomorrow. Missing from the action will be France and Italy, the two teams that met in the previous Cup final. Italy was given the boot yesterday by Slovakia. And France’s failure to advance is being considered a national disgrace at home. Meanwhile, the U.S. team finished at the top of their group for the first time since 1930 and meets Ghana Saturday. The other big match to watch will take place Sunday when rivals England and Germany face off. The BBC’s Alex Capstick joins us for a look ahead from Pretoria, South Africa.

Father Criticizes Army Over Investigation Into Son’s Death In Afghanistan

In this photo provided by David Brostrom, 1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom, left, is is seen with Cpl. Jason Hovater in Afghanistan. Both killed in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13, 2008. (AP)

The battle of Wanat in 2008 was the costliest firefight of the war in Afghanistan for the American military. Nine soldiers were killed when the Taliban overran their base. One of them was First Lieutenant Jonathan Brostom. His father, retired Army Colonel David Brostom, wanted answers about what happened and his questions triggered three military investigations. Earlier this week, the Army overruled a military investigator who found fault with the commanders in that battle and Colonel Brostom joins us to talk about that decision.

Michael Jackson Estate Thrives One Year After His Death

Pop icon Michael Jackson died one year ago today. At the time of his death, it was estimated that Jackson was nearly $500 million in debt. Since then, Billboard reports his estate has raked in nearly $1 billion. Jackson was the top-selling artist last year, selling more than 9 million albums and nearly 13 million digital tracks. And deals are still in the works, with a massive Cirque du Soleil tour planned featuring Jackson’s music and a hologram of the artist himself. Leah Greenblatt, music critic for Entertainment Weekly, joins is with a look at Michael Jackson’s legacy, the investigation into his death and the latest on how his children are doing.

Music From The Show

  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Fred Hersch, “Desafinado”
  • The Lickets, “Meat City”
  • Jimi Hendrix, “Crosstown Traffic”
  • Dntel, “Last Songs”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Stolen Moments”
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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.