NPR FOR THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When You Can’t


Hour 1

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Immigration overhaul 101. A plan introduced last week in the U.S. Senate is the starting point for what will likely be the first major overhaul of the U.S. immigration system since 1986. The plan now being debated in Congress would created a temporary immigrant based workforce and open the door to legal citizenship to the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants now in the U.S. To discuss this in detail, we’ll talk with MARK KRIKORIAN the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, and FRANK SHARRY the executive director of the National Immigration Forum.

Hour 2

The role gossip columns play in our lives. Why we love to read about the personal side of public people. We’ll hear from MICHAEL KLEIN who writes the Inqlings and Table Talk columns for The Philadelphia Inquirer and from DAN GROSS who writes the local gossip column for The Philadelphia Daily News.


Journalist Marcus Stern and his colleagues at the San Diego Union-Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for uncovering the bribery scandal involving former U.S. Congressman Duke Cunningham. Cunningham funneled tens of millions of dollars in post-9/11 contracts in exchange for millions in bribes. Now Stern and his team have written a book about the scandal: It’s called The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy “Duke” Cunningham, The Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught.


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daviddyenpr.jpgAccomplished underground musicians Ori Kaplan (Gogol Bordello) and Tamir Muskat (Firewater, Big Lazy) have performed in many innovative bands in the past decade. In 2005, the duo teamed up and assembled a group of musicians as diverse as their musical backgrounds — members hail from Turkey, Israel, Spain and Morocco — to form Balkan Beat Box. The band soon recorded a danceable self-titled debut, which was an instant success across North America and Europe. Balkan Beat Box’s live shows feature revolving musicians in a techno explosion driven by DJs, brass, guitars and electronics. With a stated goal of defying stereotypes and political borders, the group just released its second album, Nu Med.

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