Jen here at the Futures Desk, giving you a heads-up on what we’re working on for next week. Celeste will be out all next week as she gets married. Congratulations Celeste! Katherine Lanpher will fill in for Celeste on Monday, and Lynn Sherr will be host Tuesday through Friday.
MONDAY, August 2nd: Crews will be a step closer to permanently capping the oil leak from the Deep Water Horizon well, with the ‘Static Kill’ technique. National Guard troops will have just arrived on the US border to bolster security on the Mexican border. First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Spain with her mother for a private trip. They visit King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia,
- ADOPTION: We’re going take a close look at the debate over whether adult adoptees should have access to their own birth certificates. As of now, it’s illegal in 41 states for adoptees to unseal their birth records. Lawmakers in 11 states are debating whether the privacy of a birth parent trumps the health and psychological effects of not knowing you’re family history. We’re hoping to talk to Tom Snyder, who is the chairperson for the Family Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association and is lobbying to keep adopted records private. We’ll also talk with Diane Crossfield, of Lexington Kentucky. Crossfield is an adult adoptee who has been fighting to get her records unsealed for 14 years.
- CHECK UP: We’re continuing our Do-it-Yourself CHECKUP series by exploring what it means to have a healthy social life. Researchers at Brigham Young University recently reviewed 148 studies that tracked the social behavior of 300,000 people. The report shows that those with healthy social connections had a 50% lower risk of dying compared to people with fewer connections. We’ll talk with Newsweek’s Health Editor Kate Dailey and ask Takeaway listeners how deep a social connection needs to go before we can associate ourselves with good health.
TUESDAY, August rd: President Obama will host the Young African Leaders Forum in Washington. 100 leaders from more than forty sub-Saharan African countries will attend, in part to mark 50 years of independence. Kansas, Michigan and Missouri will have their primaries. And the Senate Budget Committee holds hearing: ‘Status Report or the U.S. Economy’ with Chief US economist Dr. Richard Berner.
- SITTING: Several recent studies show that men who spent more than 23 hours per week watching TV or sitting for long hours had a 64% greater chance of dying from heart disease than those who sat for 11 hours or less, even if they had a regular exercise regime. We’ll talk to scientist Peter Katzmarzyk about why sitting for long hours is so bad for us. (Apparently if we break up our sitting hours with any form of light activity, like walking and pacing we’d offset the bad health effects of sitting). We’ll also to talk with David McFadden, the Chief Curator at the Museum of Art and Design about how human sitting habits have changed since humans invented the chair.
- READING: We’ll continue our Summer Reading series by talking to Jennifer Egan, author of "The Keep." Her new book "A Visit from the Goon Squad" is getting glowing reviews, particularly from fellow authors. Justin Cronin recommended her for The Takeaway’s summer reading list when he joined last month to talk about his book "The Passage."
WEDNESDAY, August 4TH: President Obama turns 49 and former White House correspondent Helen Thomas turns 90. The Republican National Committee will begin its summer meeting ahead of the November mid-term elections. Kenya holds a referendum on whether to approve a new constitution. MLB team Texas Rangers will be auctioned off. The team filed for chapter 11 in May.
- NORTH KOREA: Journalist Laura Ling joins us to talk about her new book "Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring her Home."
- FOOD: Our food segment has been on hiatus while we restructure our features segments. But this week we’ll talk with Melissa Clark about no-cook summer meals. Melissa will bring us recipes that don’t require us to crank up the oven during the dog days of summer. We’ve asked Melissa to go beyond our favorite standby cool soups like gazpacho to full blown recipes like microwave poached chicken.
THURSDAY AUGUST 5TH: President Obama visits Ford plant in Chicago to talk about clean energy plant upgrades, Naomi Campbell testifies at the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, Tennessee primary, RNC continues its summer meeting.
- MEDICINE: We’ll take a close look at a program at Mount Sinai Medical School that accepts students who didn’t go the typical pre-med rout to get into med school. These students skipped organic chem and the MCATS. Instead the Humanities and Medicine program accepts humanities students, with the expectation that their more humanistic approach to medicine will make them good doctors. The school has just published a study in Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The study shows that the students who have gone through this program performed just as well as traditionally tracked med students. We’re hoping to talk with the program’s founder Dr. Nathan Kase or Mount Sinai Medical School’s Dean, Dr. David Muller, along with a student who has been through the program.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH: July’s unemployment numbers come out, Senate breaks for summer work period.
- MOVIES: This week Celeste had a chance to speak with Patricia Clarkson and Ruba Nadda about their new film Cairo Time. Clarkson was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Pieces of April. In Cairo Time she plays the wife of a UN Diplomat who visits her husband in Egypt and falls in love with another man. At 50, this is Clarkson’s first romantic leading role in a feature film.
- JAPAN: It’s been 65 years since the bombing of Hiroshima. We’re reaching out to artist and author Takeshi Murakami. His book “Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture” explores the cultural repercussions of the bombings. We’ve also added Oscar winning Film-maker Steve Ozaki to our list of potential guests. His documentary “White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” featured interviews with fourteen Japanese survivors of the bombings.
OVER THE WEEKEND:
Juan Manuel Santos inaugurated as new president, at the end of Alvaro Uribe’s presidential term. Deadline for Wyclef Jean to register as a presidential candidate of Haiti. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari addresses a rally in Birmingham to launch the political career of his son, new Oxford Graduate Bilawal Zardari Bhutto.