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A contract worker from BP wipes oil from his gloved hands while helping to clean oil from a marsh near Pass a Loutre near Venice, Louisiana. In our second hour, NPR's Richard Harris talks about BP's latest attempt to plug the oil well and what's next in the containment and clean-up efforts.
A contract worker from BP wipes oil from his gloved hands while helping to clean oil from a marsh near Pass a Loutre near Venice, Louisiana. In our second hour, NPR's Richard Harris talks about BP's latest attempt to plug the oil well and what's next in the containment and clean-up efforts. Win McNamee/Getty Images
The Political Junkie
More primaries to discuss with the Political Junkie. Alabama's at the top of the list with crushing primary defeats for party switcher Rep. Parker Griffith and Rep. Artur Davis. Plus, there's a whole host of big deal primaries coming next week — from California to Nevada to New Jersey. Ken Rudin looks at what happened, and what's coming down the primary pike next week.
Eubanks Leaves Leno
Last Friday night, Kevin Eubanks ended his eighteen year run as band leader of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Today, Eubanks pulls back the curtain on a day in the life of the musical director of a late night talk show, and explains his role as sidekick to host Jay Leno. He also talks about his future plans as a recording artist, and his recent appointment as Artistic Director of the "Jazz In The Classroom" program at the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz.
Oil Spill: What's Next?
BP's latest attempt to plug the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico failed. Now, they plan to cut the broken pipe and position a cap over the well-head to capture most, if not all, of the crude. If this latest fix fails, it may be two months before the well stops polluting the waters of the Gulf. Two relief wells that would re-route the oil and gas are expected to be finished in August. In the meantime, oil has already reached the shores of three states, and is less than 10 miles from the coast of Florida. On dry land, BP faces criminal and civil investigations by the Justice Department, though no individual company has been targeted. NPR's Richard Harris is among the guests who will explain the attempts BP has made so far, why they haven't worked and what's next in the containment and clean-up efforts.
Crime Rate Myths
Last week, the FBI announced that crime dropped significantly in 2009, despite the recession. It's the third straight year of decline, and runs counter to historical trends that link economic decline to a jump in crime. Still, a Gallup poll from last fall shows that a vast majority of Americans believe there is more crime in the U.S. than in previous years. Harvard Professor Robert Sampson talks about what's driving this disconnect, and why many people perceive crime to be more common than it actually is.