First Take: Afghanistan, Evan Bayh, Turning Hobbies into Businesses

Monday, February 15, 2010 - 12:16 PM

U.S. and Afghan servicemen pay a visit to the newly-built Company Operation Base (COB) in the northeast of Marjah on February 14, 2010. (Getty Images)

UPDATED: 8:35 p.m. 

Alex Goldmark here on the holiday night shift. 

Tomorrow we'll continue our ongoing effort to understand as many ripple effects of the Haitian earthquake as possible. We will hear from two doctors, one of them Haitian-American, about the strains and stresses on the medical community and the medical workers administering necessary care in the battered country. 

On an uplifting note, it is Mardi Gras time. We'll get Grammy award winning musician Terence Blanchard to tell us about his favorite carnival time music. Good listening will abound. 


POSTED: 12:15 p.m. Arwa Gunja, here on the dayside.

For tomorrow, it looks like Afghanistan will continue to be the top story, as U.S. and Afghan forces continue to make their way into Marjah in the southern part of the country. So far in the offensive, the main threat is not so much the Taliban themselves, but a labyrinth of IEDs that has made the terrain very difficult to navigate. We’re looking to speak with a tactical expert who can explain the difficulty of fighting in a war zone, where under any given step, there may be a buried bomb.

And we’ll continue our coverage of the war on terror with a look at the administration’s approach when it comes to taking out terrorists. The White House praises itself for having more targeted killings than under the Bush administration. But killing the enemy means losing the opportunity to interrogate them for information. We want to take a look at both approaches and weigh the pros and cons.

On the home front, campaigning is about to start in full force for coveted Senate seats. Arizona Sen. John McCain and Nevada Sen. Harry Reid both face tough opposition in their races. Meanwhile, Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh has announced he won’t be running for reelection. Indiana now gets added to the list of vulnerable states where Democrats may risk losing a seat in 2010.

And while millions of Americans are still out of work, Justin Jones Fosu from member station WEAA’s “Listen Up” suggests turning your hobby into a business. We’ll talk about turning an interest of local foods, green issues and social networking into a successful startup. And tell us if you have a hobby that you think would make a great business idea. Leave us your idea here on our website, or call us at 877-8-MY-TAKE.


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