Mary here at the Futures Desk to give you a taste of what's on our agenda next week.
MONDAY, JULY 12TH : Six months since the earthquake in Haiti. Congress gets back to work. The Netherlands or Spain celebrate their World Cup triumph. For most of this week, the National Council of La Raza and the NAACP are holding separate national meetings – NAACP in Kansas City, NCLR in San Antonio. Presidential commission investigating the oil spill holds public meetings in New Orleans today and tomorrow. TED Conference begins. Charlie Sheen in court over charges that he assaulted his wife.
- HAITI: Monday is the six month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. We’ll talk to correspondents in and outside the country, including The New York Times’ Debbie Sontag, who will have a feature on the anniversary coming out in this weekend’s paper, and reporters from our friends at WLRN in South Florida, where the earthquake is still reverberating.
- ONLY THE LONELY? How is the recession changing parenting? According to Time Magazine, it may cause a spike in only children. Lauren Sandler, the writer behind the magazine’s story, is a mom of one now — and still agnostic about the idea of a second. We talk about the myths and realities of only children — how many kids do you think is the ideal number?
- CHECKUP: We’re continuing our Do-it-Yourself Checkup series by picking apart health fads and health fact. Did you know that too much St. John’s Wort can be dangerous? That the CDC has found mold in popular Kombucha tea? We’ll tell you what to watch out for when dealing with here-today, gone-tomorrow fads. Kate Dailey will answer listener questions about health fads on our website later in the week.
TUESDAY, JULY 13TH : Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in court on a variety of fraud and tax charges. Senate Judiciary Committee votes on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. EPA public meeting on the safety of hydro-fracking, controversial technique used to extract natural gas. 25th Anniversary of Live Aid concert. 80th Anniversary of the first World Cup.
- WORKING FOR A HIGHER POWER: On Tuesdays, we set aside time to talk about workplace and personal finance issues. This week, Beth Kobliner talks about some surprising victims of the recession: clergy. That’s right: even churches and synagogues are having layoffs — and laid off pastors are often ineligible for unemployment benefits, because their employers are exempt from many taxes. Last year, one third of the graduates of Hebrew Union college were still looking for work four months after graduation.
- SUMMER READING: A historical entry into our summer reading series: journalist SC Gwynne joins us to talk about his about-to-be bestseller, “Empire of the Summer Moon.” It tells the until-now untold story of what happened in the final battles between Comanche Indians and white settlers, focusing on Quanah Parker — a famed Comanche chief — and his mother, Cynthia Ann, who was kidnapped by Comanches at age nine. Cynthia Ann fully assimilated to Native American life and returned to her family only by force.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 14TH: Ex-Congolese rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba faces war crimes trial in The Hague. Bastille Day. The Senate Natural Resources Subcommittee holds hearing about the appearance of Asian Carp in Lake Calumet. Trial begins for California schoolboy accused of killing a gay classmate in 2008; Brandon McInerney faces charges of murder and hate crime for shooting Lawrence King in English class.
- ACTING WHITE? Stuart Buck has a controversial new book out called “Acting White”. In it, he argues that school desegregation actually contributed to anti-academic attitudes among some black students. Buck comes to this debate as the white father of two adopted black children who, when studying interracial adoption, found that black children of white adoptive parents were often criticized for “trying to be white.” John McWhorter has called this book “the best race book of the year.” We bring Buck on for a spirited discussion.
THURSDAY, JULY 15TH: Tucson police officer Martin Escobar goes to court to block Arizona’s controversial immigration law. Senate Armed Services Committee holds hearing on the new START treaty. Chinese government announces latest GDP data. First anniversary of the death of Russian human rights activist Natalia Estemirova. The British Open begins.
- IN THE LITTLE HOUSE: Patrik Henry Bass joins us to talk all about Laurapalooza . What makes the Little House books so irresistible? And why are there so many Little House memoirs out this summer?
FRIDAY, JULY 16TH : George Clooney appears in court in Milan, Italy to testify against three people charged with using his name to promote a fashion show and clothing line. Lebowski Fest in Louisville, Kentucky.
- AT THE MOVIES: “Inception” is going to be the big release this weekend: the Leo DiCaprio/Ellen Page action movie, from the director of “Memento”. In it, Leonardo DiCaprio can enter dreams and steal our secrets. (Yipes!) It’s not the first time this rich material has been mined (anyone remember Denis Quaid in Dreamscape?). We want to talk about the truth and reality of dreams on film with an expert and our own Rafer Guzman.
- INFINITE PLAYLIST: In our fifth summer music segment, Jim Keller, the man behind 867-5309 (JENNY) joins us to tell us all about music that says “summer” to him – from Van Morrisson’s Domino to Bob Dylan’s New Morning.
OVER THE WEEKEND: SUNDAY: Nelson Mandela’s 92nd Birthday. Final rounds of the 139th British Open.