What Was The "Restoring Honor" Rally All About?; Concussions in Children and Adolescents; More on Income Inequality; Eliza Griswold on "The Tenth Parallel"

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Conservative US radio and television commentator Glenn Beck speaks at a rally dubbed 'Restoring Honor,' to show support of the US military,. (Nicholas Kamm/Getty)

Examining Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., and what it means for American politics; exploring the relationship between New York City's Muslim community and the NYPD since 9/11; a look ahead to what'll be making the news this week; the danger of concussions in children and adolescents; a continuing look into the possible link between income inequality and financial crises; examining whether the Tea Party is taking a religious turn; more on the Chilean miners, and being trapped with your co-workers; Mexico to begin discussing the legalization of Marijuana in the wake of ongoing drug-related violence; journalist Eliza Griswold talks about her new book "The Tenth Parallel."

Top of the Hour: Glenn Beck 'Restoring Honor,' Morning Headlines

Yesterday on the National Mall, Fox commentator Glenn Beck and tens of thousands of his followers rallied to "reclaim the civil rights movement." What is Beck's "Restoring Honor" movement all about? That and this morning's top headlines.

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What Was Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Really About?

At Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., this weekend, Beck, Sarah Palin and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Alveda King, invoked King's speech and memory, while calling on God and American values to lead the way in their movement. While they were gathering in the National Mall on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network was holding a separate rally in the city to commemorate King's "I have a dream speech", held on the same day, 47 years ago. The NAN and the NAACP say Beck and like-minded conservative groups have co-opted the civil rights movement and King's memory.

What would Martin Luther King have thought about Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally this weekend? And is this the beginning of a new religious movement?

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The NYPD's Efforts to Reach Out to the Muslim Community Since 9/11

In the months after 9/11, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly reached out to the city's Muslim population. WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly explains how that strategy has worked and what those relationships have meant during the current controversy surrounding the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero.

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Agenda: Peace Talks, Jobs, Auto Sales

We look ahead to this week of Middle East peace talks, a new jobs report, and auto sales numbers. On Tuesday, President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office as combat operations in Iraq officially end. On Wednesday, we'll hear about auto sales numbers for August, and on Thursday, a new round of Middle East peace talks will begin. Friday brings the anticipated jobs report from the Labor Department.

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Is Our Democracy About Anger?

The "Restoring Honor" rally held by Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin on the National Mall this weekend had our hosts remembering other moments when frustration towards the government led people to make a very public and angry outcry. We take a listen to some of these moments, from Charles Lindbergh rallying to keep America out of World War II, to Rev. Louis Farrakhan at the Million Man March in 1995.

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Concussions in Teens, and Potentially Irreversible Brain Damage

It's back to school time, when more kids are spending time in gym class and after-school sports. However, it's not all fun and games, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The report is called “Sport Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents,” and it reveals just how dangerous concussions can be to developing humans, interfering not only with physical health, but learning.

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Top of the Hour: New Voodoo Economics of Inequality? Morning Headlines

With the growing gap between rich and poor, are we seeing a new emerging trickle-down economics, or as some called it in the 1980s voodoo economics? That and this morning's top headlines. 

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Income Inequality May Have Big Costs For Economy, Country

A small group of economists are trying to study whether income inequality may have contributed to the economic collapse. The income gap in the years leading up to the recent recession, which is often compared to the Great Depression, has a striking resemblance to the income equality in 1928, when the top 10 percent of earners received nearly half of the total income. Finance reporter Louise Story wrote about this theory for The New York Times earlier in August, and we spoke with her about the income gap on The Takeaway last week.

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After the Rally: The Constitution, Taxes ... and God

The Tea Party movement has billed itself as "grassroots libertarian," and has focused on government over-spending and attention to the Constitution in its rallies to date. Glenn Beck's ostensibly non-political "Restoring Honor" rally this weekend turned to religion, invoking God as a force of change. How will religion play a role in the movement from here on out — and will it be a force of growth or a dividing line?

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Chilean Miners Remain Trapped; How Would You Survive Underground?

It is still unclear when the 33 Chilean miners trapped 700 meters below ground will be rescued. The Chilean mining minister says it will before Christmas, a shorter timeline than originally anticipated. The group received its first solid food from the surface today: ham sandwiches. Even if the miners are trapped for 60 days, rather than the previously announced 120 days, it is still a very long time to be trapped in a confined space with the same people. We've been asking our listeners: What would happen if you were trapped underground with your coworkers?

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Mexico Reconsiders Legalizing Drugs

Earlier this month, former Mexican president Vicente Fox wrote that Mexico should consider legalizing drugs and current president Felipe Calderon has called for a debate on the idea. More than 28,000 people have died in Mexico in drug-related violence over the last 3 years. 

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Along 'The Tenth Parallel': Tension Between the Christian and Muslim Worlds

The 10th parallel is a latitudinal line situated 700 miles North of the equator. More than half of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims live along it, as does 60 percent of the world's Christians. Journalist and poet Eliza Griswold has recently returned from a seven year journey, on which she traveled between the equator and the 10th parallel. She spent time in countries like Nigeria, the Sudan, Somalia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, and documented her journey in "The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam."

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Pakistan Cricket Players Accused of Betting Scam

It could have the cultural gravity of Pete Rose or the Chicago White Sox, if allegations that three players on Pakistan's national cricket team are involved in a betting scam. The sport is that country's national past time, and so popular that award-winning journalist Mihir Bose says anything that happens to the team "affects the soul of the nation." Betts on the game — investigated by detectives of Scotland Yard — were part of a larger "spot fixing" scheme, which places money on specific outcomes of plays, rather than the game as a whole.

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