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Thursday July 29, 2010

Arizonans Grapple With Judge’s Decision Striking Down Much Of New Immigration Law

Federal judge Susan Bolton struck down the most controversial aspects of the state law yesterday, including the provision that requires local police officers during a stop to question a suspect about immigration status. But some sections of the law will go into effect today, such as the part making it a crime to stop a vehicle in traffic or block traffic to hire a day laborer. Both supporters and critics are vowing to make their voices heard, possibly through civil disobedience.

China Moves Fast To Cover Country With High Speed Rail

An elderly man watches the testing of a high speed train in front of his house in Xinping, in China's Shaanxi province in 2006. (AP)

In the coming decade, China plans to spend more than $300 billion dollars on high speed rail to link the country’s major cities. China is also planning on exporting its high speed rail technology throughout the world, including to the United States. We talk about China’s ambitious plans with Bill Powell, China Bureau Chief for Fortune Magazine.

Oil Spill Inundates Michigan

Oil that leaked from a defective pipeline in Southern Michigan may have breached a dam at Morrow Lake. We’ll speak with Jeff Spoelstra, coordinator for the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, about the leak and what is means for the area.

Louisiana Activist Calls For Cutting Oil Dependence

BP is on track to begin the “Static Kill” on Monday, the operation which the company hopes will permanently plug  the well that’s caused the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history. But now that an end to the immediate disaster is in sight, Louisiana community activist Patty Whitney wants her state to move away from its dependence on the oil industry. We hear Whitney’s ideas for how that could happen.

Two Sisters Navigate Love, Historic Cookbooks And The Dot-Com Boom And Bust

In author Allegra Goodman‘s acclaimed new novel, “The Cookbook Collector,” Emily is the CEO of a Silicon Valley start-up, while her younger sister Jessamine works part-time in a bookstore and fights to save redwood forrests. But as Emily’s company rides the NASDAQ rise and fall and Jessamine struggles to find a direction in her life, the sisters’ bond remains strong. We speak to Goodman about her book.

Music From The Show

  • Peter Dixon, “Nagog Woods”
  • Christian McBride, “Theme for Kareem”
  • Medeski, Martin and Wood, “Bloody Oil”
  • Ashley MacIsaac, “Sleepy Maggie”
  • Paul Simon, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”
  • Mozart Techno Band, “Air on a G String Techno”
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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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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.