June 7th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, scenes from the oil spill, and "lighten up on BP".  In our second hour, the author of "Being Wrong" and the music of Treme.
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June 7th Show

In our second hour, author and journalist Kathryn Schulz talks about her book, "Being Wrong", and why it's time to embrace our screw-ups. hide caption

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Living With the Oil Spill
BP says it's now capturing up to 460,000 gallons of oil a day from the busted well in the Gulf of Mexico.  Federal estimates show that between 500,000 and 1 million gallons a day are spewing from the broken pipe.  Today, the Coast Guard reported that 120 linear miles of coast line are now seeing affects of the oil spill.  Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen warned again yesterday that it will be August before the leak is plugged, and advised that the cleanup will take years. Meanwhile, fishermen, shrimpers, hotel owners and other people who rely on the waters along the Gulf coast face a devastating summer of potential financial losses. Neal Conan talks to people involved in the clean up about the latest efforts to contain the spill, and how it's affecting their lives and businesses.

"Lighten Up on BP"
BP continues to face a torrent of anger even as a cap collects some of the oil leaking from the collapsed oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.  Many Gulf residents, environmental groups and others cheered U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that the Justice Department is pursuing criminal and civil investigations into the spill. On the Opinion Page, Chicago Tribune contributing columnist John Mccarron says, enough with the BP hatefest. He explains why he argues that collaboration, not finger pointing, is the best way to make drilling safe.

Editor's Note: The BP opinion segment was moved to make room for a conversation about the retirement of Helen Thomas.  Those details follow:

Helen Thomas Resigns After Venting Her Opinion On Israel
Legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas retired today after 50 years of covering U.S. presidents — this after controversial remarks she made about Israel.  The 90-year-old doyenne of the White House press corps, said that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go back to Germany and Poland. We'll talk with NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik about Thomas, her remarks, her legacy and what it means when journalists reveal their own opinions.

Being Wrong
You're wrong — you're probably not going to finish your holiday shopping before Christmas Eve. Chances are, you're not going to quit smoking or start going to the gym.  No one's perfect — we all make mistakes. But we hate to admit it. Journalist Kathryn Schulz argues that needs to change — it's time to embrace our errors.  In a new book, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margins of Error, she explains why we make so many mistakes, why we find them so hard to admit, and what to about it.

The Music of Treme
Treme is David Simon's latest TV offering on HBO. Treme (pronounced "truh-MAY,") is a neighborhood in New Orleans, and the series tells the story of the lives of its residents three months after hurricane Katrina.  Some are trying get home to Treme, others are picking up the pieces and dealing with contractors, insurance companies and the federal government.  But while each of their stories is different, the thread that runs through the entire series is music.  Music is everywhere: on the radio, in the streets, in bars and clubs.  The sound of Treme is almost as important as the people.  Blake Leyh, the music supervisor of Treme, talks about the role of music in the series.