The Week Ahead

Friday, June 11, 2010 - 11:44 AM

A sign expressing frustration with BP because of the devastation caused by the oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico can be seen on side of the road in Grand Isle, Louisiana, June 5, 2010. (CHERYL GERBER/AFP/Getty)

It’s Mary again, looking ahead to what's upcoming on The Takeaway. 

MONDAY, JUNE 14TH:  President Obama heads to the gulf coast again, visiting Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida; this will be his fourth visit. Iraqi Parliament opens for first time since the country’s inconclusive election. Trial begins for four men who allegedly planned to explode a car bomb outside a synagogue in the Bronx. Joint Center for Housing Studies releases its annual report on the housing market. Webby Awards ceremony in New York, NY. 

  • AGENDA: Our weekly agenda segment with Marcus Mabry of The New York Times. He’ll join our own Charlie Herman to look ahead at the news. Tell us, what’s YOUR word of the week?
  • ON FAMILY: Is it okay to have a favorite child? Ellen Libby thinks so. (In fact, she says folks who say they “don’t have a favorite” are lying.) This caused a lot of discussion in our offices, so we’re sure you’ll want to listen.
  • DIY CHECKUP: We’re kicking off our Do-it-Yourself Checkup series by asking “What is healthy, anyway?” Kate Dailey from Newsweek’s Human Condition blog will join us for the next few weeks and help us all learn how to live healthier lives, one step at a time. She’ll be joined this week by Dr. Aaron Carroll, who has written about medical myths and will help us sort out medical fact from medical fiction.

TUESDAY, JUNE 15TH: Executives from five major oil companies are expected to testify in Congress. David Petraeus testifies to the Senate Armed Services Committee. UN Security Council meets about the Middle East after the Israeli flotilla raid. Northern Ireland releases a final report on 1972’s “Bloody Sunday” riots.

  • NAILING THE PERFORMANCE REVIEW: You know that awkward conversation you have to have with your boss every year? The good old “performance review”? Dr. Samuel Culbert thinks we should get rid of it. (And he’s a professor of management at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.) So what IS a good way to get feedback from your boss? How about a performance PREVIEW?
  • WHAT WE’RE READING: We’ve been enjoying having authors in the studio so much that we decided to launch an occasional summer reading series. We start things off by talking to the author of "Anthropology of an American Girl," which was just re-released this summer. The original book was self-published by Hilary Thayer Hamann in 2003 and became a cult hit – the newly edited version of this epic novel is getting rave reviews.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16TH: President Obama has invited top BP officials to meet with him at the White House today; if they meet, this will be the first time Obama has met with BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg or BP CEO Tony Hayward since the crisis began. Edinburgh International Film Festival kicks off.

  • CULINARY TRAVELS: Last month, Ed Levine from Serious Eats joined us to talk a bit about State foods from the Northeast. This week he talks more about traveling via your taste-buds.
  • CAN FANS GO TOO FAR? The World Cup is making fans out of all of us – but can fandom go too far? Psychologist Edward Hirt studies fandom, and says that true fans can feel real-life effects when their teams win or lose. He’ll be joined by Nick Iwaniuk, who just got the U.S. team’s crest tattooed on his chest.

THURSDAY, JUNE 17TH BP CEO Tony Hayward testifies to the House Energy Subcommittee. Secretary of State Clinton, Secretary of Defense Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen, and Energy Secretary Chu testify on the new START treaty. U.S. Open begins. Premiere of new “Twilight” movie at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Patrik Henry Bass joins us to talk books. This time: 50 years of To Kill a Mockingbird – why has it endured? We’re hoping we’ll also be joined by Mary Badham, the actress who played Scout in the film version of the book. She still tours the world talking about the book’s message of tolerance.

FRIDAY, JUNE 18TH: Ronnie Lee Gardner scheduled to be executed by firing squad in Utah; in 1985, he killed attorney Michael Burdell. World Cup: US v. Slovenia game.

  • DADS ON FILM: For Mother’s Day, we had a wonderfully fun conversation about moms on film. Now it’s June, and we wanted to honor dads the same way. We’ll welcome Rafer Guzman and Emily Rems back to the studio.
  • SUMMER HITS: We wanted to spend a few weeks talking about music this summer, and we’ve invited an eclectic bunch of folks to join us over the next few weeks to give us their summer mix-tapes. We start things off by dissecting what makes a summer song work. MTV’s Sway gives us the DNA of a summer hit.

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Comments [1]

geral from usa

The *state sponsored killing of convicted prisoners is wrong, and the pain some of us endure (from the court ordered death penalty) is made even more unbearable when we see that the fbi/cia/pentagon torturers & assassins and serial killers are rewarded and praised as heroes and patriots for their mass murders and other atrocities.

The greatest societal contradiction of our time is the celebration of selective killings & torturings of our Brothers and Sisters, even as the most dangerous and destructive human monsters around us continue their own murderous agenda on behalf of the corrupt and out of control United States government.


From Good Morning America

June 18, 2010

"After a quarter of a century on death row, convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed in a barrage of rifle fire Friday morning. At 12:15 a.m. Mountain time, the rifles exploded; four bullets perforated his heart and lungs. The straps held his head up. A metal tray beneath the chair collected his blood. After the shots were fired, he could be seen clenching his left fist. "

Jun. 18 2010 03:21 PM

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