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Hour 1
A conversation about politics and the Olympics with speed skating gold medallist JOEY CHEEK, co-founder of Team Darfur, a coalition of athletes trying to raise awareness about the Darfur crisis. Also, 45-year-old Olympic swimming hopeful W. HODDING CARTER talks about chasing his dream and his new book, Off the Deep End. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3

Hour 2
Alex Gibney’s new film Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson opened this weekend. He was the winner of the 2008 Academy Award for best documentary for Taxi to the Dark Side, which explores the death of an Afghan taxi driver at Bagram Air Force Base. He joins Marty to talk about these and other projects. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3

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The subprime mortgage crisis has led to more than a million home foreclosures and has sent ripples through the world economy. But who is to blame for this situation? According to financial writer Paul Muolo, fingers should be pointing at Wall Street. Muolo is executive editor of National Mortgage News. He and reporter Mathew Padilla wrote Chain of Blame: How Wall Street Caused the Mortgage and Credit Crisis. The book focuses on Angelo Mozilo, founder and CEO of Countrywide Financial, using his story to trace the complicated events that led to the crisis. Muolo also co-wrote Inside Job: The Looting of America’s Savings and Loans and Profiting from the Bank and Savings & Loan Crisis.

kitten.jpgALSO, The recent economic crisis is hurting everyone — even pets. The Humane Society of the United States has seen an influx of animals due to home foreclosures and now must figure out what to do with them. Stephanie Shain, the society’s director of outreach for companion animals, has taken her work home with her recently. She’s taken in two dogs who had been given up for adoption due to home foreclosures. Shain first adopted Panda Bear, a fittingly named dog with a black coat and white spots. Panda Bear’s sister Molly was adopted by another family — but then she ended up back in the shelter when this new family faced financial difficulties. Shain eventually took Molly in as well, reuniting her with Panda Bear. At the Humane Society, Shain promotes responsible pet-keeping and is an advocate for adoption. She also runs campaigns against greyhound racing and cruelty at puppy mills. Before joining the Humane Society, Shain worked for The American Anti-Vivisection Society, lobbying against experimentation on animals.

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DaviddyeNPR.jpgKentucky natives and identical twins, Chandra and Leigh Watson first discovered their ability to harmonize while performing in their church choir. Influenced by the surrounding sounds of country and folk music, they formed the duet Black Swan, eventually changing their name to The Watson Twins. After singing backup for Rilo Kiley‘s Jenny Lewis, the Watsons step into the spotlight with their first full-length album, Fire Songs, a knock-out debut that showcases seamless harmonies and sweet vocals. Fire Songs was recorded using an analog method to capture the raw, ethereal nature of the vocals. With evocative, familiar harmonies that are both easygoing and melancholy, the twins perform seamlessly in this World Cafe session with David Dye.


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