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Tuesday July 6, 2010

To Sue or Not To Sue: Gulf Coast Businesses Hurt By The Oil Disaster Weigh Options

Starting this week, businesses along the Gulf affected by the BP oil disaster can begin filing new claims against BP for six months of lost revenue. BP has already paid out about $150 million in claims, but these new claims will be the first to tap into the $20 billion escrow fund BP created at the behest of the Obama administration. Down the line, businesses will also have the option to settle with BP for a lump sum, but in doing so will lose their right to sue the company. Kris Wernowsky of the Pensacola News Journal joins us to explain.

From Wall Street To The Oil Gusher: What Would A Libertarian Do?

Libertarians are sometimes confused with conservatives because they share a belief in small government, but libertarians would legalize drugs and prostitution, do away with tax free status for churches, and remove most federal laws banning abortion. We’ll get the libertarian view of the world from Jeffery Miron, lecturer in economics at Harvard University and senior fellow at the Cato Institute. His book, based on his course on the topic, is “Libertarianism, From A to Z.”

Sean Connery in the movie "Thunderball" in 1965. (United Artists)

Designer Recommends Retro Swimsuits For Men With ‘Spaghetini Legs’ Or Overhanging Bellies

Ronen Jehezkel of the Parke and Ronen designer label says men need to take some pride in their swimsuit choices, and showcase their sculpted legs with shorter hemlines. And no more baggy board shorts, that Jehezkel compares to “cheerleader skirts.”  Jehezkel’s swimsuits are inspired by the shorter swimsuits of the 50s and 60s.  He has advice for men on how to flatter their forms, even those with “spaghetini legs.”

Wildlife Rescuers Work With Clean-Up Crews To Make Sure Animals Are Protected

A dead sea turtle lays on the sand off the beach in Bay Saint Louis, Miss. Dead marine wildlife has been has been seen in more abundance along the gulf coast since the gulf oil spill began. (AP)

Wildlife rescuers will now ride along with oil clean-up crews in the Gulf of Mexico to pull endangered sea turtles out of corralled oil patches. The Coast Guard and BP came to an agreement with several wildlife groups that had sought an injunction against controlled burns, which they claim were burning sea turtles alive. Meanwhile, at least 1,200 oil-coated birds have died and rescuers have saved about 600 brown pelicans. Wayne Pacelle is president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. We speak to him about how the oil is affecting the wildlife in the Gulf.

California Folk Rockers Out With New Album

This California folk/rock band has a devoted following across the country, thanks to their sweaty, energetic live shows. Right now, Delta Spirit is on tour playing songs from the band’s new CD, “History From Below.” Singer-guitarist Matt Vasquez spoke with Here and Now’s Alex Ashlock before a recent show at the Middle East night club in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Music From The Show

  • Kar Kar Madison, “Boubacar Traore”
  • Christian McBride, “Theme for Kareem”
  • The Funk Brothers, “Keep Me Hangin’ On”
  • Tito Puente, “Royal T”
  • The Ventures, “Green Onions”
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Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

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

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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.