Obama 2.0; Reid and Angle in NV Debate; Australian Woman Sanctified; Nuremberg Documentary; Bill Bryson 'At Home'

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Friday, October 15, 2010

fork Forks are so common, few wonder about their history. (Terry Ross/flickr)

Looking ahead to Obama's post-mid-term presidency; banks feeling the heat as foreclosure problems mount; weekend movie previews; Australian woman to become country's first saint; newly restored documentary footage from 1948 Nuremberg war crimes trial; Sen. Harry Reid and Sharron Angle in Nevada Senate debate; 25 years of the MIT Media Lab; a unified Tea Party platform?; Halloween costumes for tweens and teens; Bill Bryson on the intriguing histories of objects in our homes.

Top of the Hour: Australia's First Saint, Morning Headlines

Mary MacKillop, who was excommunicated from the Catholic Church for exposing a pedophile priest, is to become Australia's first saint.


Previewing Obama 2.0

At what point can we properly judge a president’s legacy? Is it after the first term, the first 100 days, or the first 100 years after they've left the Oval Office?

Over the weekend, our partner, The New York Times, will run "The Education of a President," by Peter Baker. The article begins with an American public poised to hand the president a mid-semester report card, in the form of November mid-term election votes. No matter which way they vote, says Baker, a very new presidential administration will emerge.

Peter Baker writes that “for all intents and purposes the first chapter of Obama’s presidency has ended. On Election Day, the next chapter begins.”

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Banks Feeling the Heat on Foreclosure Problems

Shares of financial companies dropped yesterday on concerns about how reviews of home-foreclosure practices will affect their balance sheets. Louise Story, Wall Street and finance reporter for our partner, The New York Times, has been looking at analyses of how hard the blow may be for banks, and how long it might last.

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Demystifying Sainthood

On Sunday, Australia will have its own saint when Mary MacKillop, an Australian nun who died in 1909, is sanctified by the Vatican. We speak with former Newsweek religion editor Kenneth Woodward about Catholic hagiography, the process of becoming a saint, and why it took over 100 years for MacKillop. Woodward is the author of "Making Saints: How The Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes A Saint, Who Doesn't, And Why."

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Weekend Movie Preview: 'Red', 'Hereafter', 'Conviction'

This weekend, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars have movie openings. To help help guide us through the weekend’s theatre picks, including "Red," "Conviction," and "Hereafter," we speak with Kristen Meinzer, co-host of The Takeaway podcast “Movie Date.”


The Nuremberg Trials: 65 Years Later

Sixty-five years ago, the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, set to work seeking justice for the horrendous crimes committed by the Nazis during World War II. The Allies charged Hermann Göring, Martin Bormann, Rudolf Hess and 21 other members of the Nazi Party with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

As the proceedings began, film cameras clicked on and captured the entire trial. The lead prosecutor for the U.S., Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, used as evidence the Nazis' very own shocking films, movies showing the abuse and persecution of Jews under Nazi rule.


Top of the Hour: 25 Years of Media Lab, Morning Headlines

It's been a quarter century since the Media Lab was founded at M.I.T. Are we as humans becoming machines?


Sen. Harry Reid, Sharron Angle in High-Stakes Debate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and challenger Sharron Angle faced off in their first – and only – debate last night. Polls show Reid and Angle running virtually neck and neck. 

Ian Mylchreest, Senior Producer for KNPR's State of the Union, joins us with a re-cap of the debate. Mylchreest says the contest isn't as much about Angle's popularity as it is about Reid's unpopularity. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has been watching the race from Capitol Hill. 

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The Evolution of the MIT Media Lab

John is broadcasting from our partner station, WGBH, in Boston today. He's there to take part in the celebrations surrounding the 25th anniversary of the MIT Media Lab. 

Over the years a long list of new computer and digital technologies were developed there. Since then the lab has also become hugely prolific developer of medical technologies. Researchers at the lab have worked on projects as abstract as figuring out how to improve health care record keeping and as concrete as how to hybridize robotic technologies with prosthetics to improve the lives of veterans and civilians who've lost limbs.


Is There A Single Tea Party Platform?

Ever since April 15th, when Tea Party groups emerged around the country, the public has been hearing a lot about what—and at whom—Tea Party anger is directed. But as America heads into the midterms with dozens of candidates endorsed by local Tea Party groups on the ballot, it's time to take a look at what the Tea Party wants.

In other words, without a national party structure or official spokespeople, what is the best way to identify common planks of a Tea Party platform?

Matt Kibbe joins the show to discuss that question. He’s the president of conservative political group FreedomWorks, and the author of a book called "Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto."

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For Halloween Costumes, How Sexy is Too Sexy for Tweens and Teens?

This year's best selling Halloween costumes for the ladies have a common theme. Whether it's Lady Gaga or Jersey Shore's Snooki, popular costumes involve young, provocative women.

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Bill Bryson on 'At Home: A Short History of Private Life'

"Houses aren't refuges from history. They are where history ends up."

This is the latest assertion from Bill Bryson, who first made national headlines when he attempted to hike the Appalachian Trail, as documented in "A Walk in the Woods." Bryson turns his attention closer to home in his newest book “At Home: A Short History of Private Life.”

Going room by room through the modern home, Bryson looks at the objects that surround us in our everyday lives, from sofas to forks, and traces the history of those objects and the rooms they inhabit.