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August 11th Show

Eunice Kennedy Shriver challenged views of mental retardation. We'll talk in today's second hour about how people's views have changed over the years. Photo by Liaison/Getty Images hide caption

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver challenged views of mental retardation. We'll talk in today's second hour about how people's views have changed over the years.

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Nuns Under Investigation
Several months ago, the Vatican launched two investigations of American nuns. And many worry that the Catholic Church is targeting them for their views. Today, nuns and sisters talk about how their lives have — or have not — changed with modern times, and how concerned they are about the Vatican investigations.

Changing Images Of Mental Retardation
Eunice Kennedy Shriver died today, leaving behind a legacy that helped change the way we view mental retardation. We'll talk about how Shriver's life and work shifted our attitudes about mental retardation in society and its depiction in the media.

Cash For Clunkers
By now you've probably heard of the federally sponsored "cash for clunkers" program. Trade in your gas guzzler for a more fuel efficient car, and receive up to $4500 from the government. So how did the initiative get started here? Economist Alan Blinder pitched the idea last summer as a way to reduce automobile emissions while boosting the economy. We'll talk to him about whether or not he feels the cash for clunkers program has been effective.

Which Irritating Menu Phrases Would You Ban?

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