Will Ted Kennedy's Senate seat be filled by another Kennedy? Both Joe, Robert Kennedy's son, and Vicki, Ted's wife, have been mentioned as possible successors, but how well would they fare in a special election? We ask longtime Boston journalist Christopher Lydon. He's a former public radio host who ran for mayor of Boston in the early 1990's.
We go this morning to Sean Corcoran, senior reporter with WCAI, Cape and Island Radio. He joins us live from the Kennedy Library in Boston, where the body of Senator Ted Kennedy lies in repose, to talk about the public's response to the death of their long-serving senator. We also talk to two people who lined up to pay their respects: 41-year-old Darren Ring, from Weymus, Massachusetts, who was the first person in line; and Ann Zeller, from Fremont, New Hampshire, who drove to Boston with her husband.
Here are a few pictures from Boston as people readied for today's wake:
Dominick Dunne, writer for Vanity Fair magazine and best-selling author of crime stories about the rich and famous, died yesterday at age 83 in his home in Manhattan. He's well-known for his best-selling novels, "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles,” and “An Inconvenient Woman,” both about murders in high society. We talk with David Carr, New York Times columnist.
Estimates for today's second quarter GDP numbers will show a decline of somewhere between one percent and 1.5 percent. That’s a sharp improvement – or at least a smaller worsening – after the 6.4 percent decline earlier in the year. Is the worst behind us? With us to help navigate the stormy waters of our global economy is Gus Faucher, director of Macroeconomics at Moody’s Economy.Com.
Part three of our week-long series of round tables brings to the discussion a group likely too-familiar with the health care system: people with long-term illnesses. Robert Groth, of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, has multiple sclerosis. Sid Whigham of Lincoln, Nebraska, had one of his legs amputated due to complications from diabetes and a blood clot; he has also been battling blood cancer for the last two years.
We've been following news coming in from post-election Afghanistan all morning. From Kabul we talk to Chris Morris, BBC's South Asia reporter, about the casualty count among coalition troops, assertions of voting fraud, and the release of the youngest prisoner from Guantánamo Bay: Mohammad Jawad, who was arrested in Afghanistan in 2002.
At the JFK Library and Museum in Boston, mourners are lining up to view the body of Senator Kennedy, who will lie in repose later today. To set the scene, Emily Rooney, host of WGBH's Beat the Press, joins us from Boston, and Sean Corcoran, senior reporter at WCAI, joins us from Cape Cod.
As President Barack Obama has become a symbol for millions in his father's homeland, Kenya, the Kennedy family was a symbol of success for millions in Ireland. Throughout his career, Senator Edward Kennedy fought hard to maintain those bonds. Kennedy used his position to facilitate diplomatic inroads for any Irish leaders visiting our country, and he was instrumental in securing the Good Friday Agreement under President Clinton in 1995.
We are joined by Niall O’Dowd, founder and editor of Irish Voice newspaper and IrishCentral.Com. O'Dowd was extensively involved in the negotiations leading to the Good Friday Agreemement.
The Apple Tablet: an all-in-one multimedia device with a touch pad you use like an iPhone and a screen the size of a laptop. If were to exist, someday, it might have a movie player, an e-reader, a properly sized web browser... But right now, it's an entirely imaginary device. Apple is, as usual, staying silent ahead of their next public event on September 9th.
With iPhone sales at 5.4 million units in the last quarter alone, there's no wonder expectations are high for Steve Jobs to build this. To find out why the tablet has techies so revved up, we speak to Sam Grobart, personal technology editor for The New York Times, and Queena Kim, who produces a podcast called CyberFrequencies at KPCC Public Radio in Los Angeles.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's been surrounding himself with a number of figures with checkered pasts, including his running mate, ex-militia chief Mohammad Fahim. James Risen, investivative reporter for The New York Times, joins us to discuss why the U.S. dislikes Fahim but had no leverage effective enough to prevent Karzai from selecting him as his running mate.
This week, a presidential panel warned that the H1N1 virus could kill up to 90,000 Americans and send 200,000 to the hospital. Joining us to discuss these alarming figures (which he says he now wishes they hadn't included in the report) is Dr. Harold Varmus. He co-authored the report and is co-chair for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. And for a look at how hospitals can ready themselves for such a stress on their resources is Dr. Jeff Kalina, an associate director of Emergency Medicine with the Methodist Hospital in Houston.
All this week we've been speaking to different groups affected by the debate over health care reform. Today we turn to young people. What we've been hearing – from those generally healthy enough to risk choosing whether or not to have coverage – is that they see it as a gamble. We've compiled a mix of voices from young people wondering if they really need health insurance... or can afford it.
For our Thursday work segment, we're talking about how work, or the lack of it, puts a strain on mental health. Some health experts say that stress from a recession can negatively impact your mind and body. Stress on the economy can lead to stress in your body, in other words. Joining us is our finance contributor Beth Kobliner, and Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, a psychologist and physical therapist.
Dr. Lombardo's "GREAT" acronym for avoiding stress-related physical effects:
The Obama administration wants Israel to stop all construction in the West Bank as a precondition to resuming peace talks with the Palestinians. That's partly why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been meeting with world leaders this week. All of this, according to some predictors, comes ahead of a new Middle East peace plan that could be unveiled by President Obama as early as next month. For more, we're joined by Jonathan Marcus, diplomatic correspondent for the BBC.
The “Lion of the Senate” was known for tussling fearlessly with all comers. He wasn’t scared to take fights right to the top, as in his famous speech in 2007 at the National Press Club, challenging President George W. Bush's decision to send more troops to Iraq.
Ted Kennedy rarely backed down, and least frequently from his Republican challengers. Conservatives frequently opposed Kennedy's initiatives, but as Republicans reflect on his legacy, their respect for the late senator is clear. One such Republican, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, joins us to share his thoughts. ...(click through for the full interview transcript)
Watch a video of Senator Ted Kennedy at the National Press Club in January 2007.
For 47 years, Senator Edward Kennedy was a passionate advocate of liberal causes. Today, he leaves an enormous void, which Massachusetts Democrats will have to fill. For a look at who is topping a list of potential successors and why the appointment may be more complicated than it appears, we're joined by Frank Phillips. He is the Statehouse bureau chief for the Boston Globe and has covered the Massachusetts Statehouse for nearly 40 years.
Home price indexes, GDPs and jobless claim numbers are all coming in this week. Sure, the numbers look good, but what does it all mean in practical terms? Can the worst of the economic downturn really be behind us? We speak with Gus Faucher, director of macroeconomics at Moody’s Economy.com, and Andrew Walker, who covers economics for the BBC, to interpret these fuzzy economic indicators.
As part of our week-long series of health care roundtables, we’re talking with small business owners about how they want to see reform take shape. Small businesses employ about half of all American workers but only 62 percent of these businesses provide heath insurance. We speak to John Costin, who lives in Kennebunk, Maine and owns Veneer Services Unlimited; Dan Sherry from Barrington, Illinois, who runs two small businesses with his wife; and ReShonda Young from Waterloo, Iowa, who runs the family business, 'Alpha Express.'
In his 47 years in the U.S. Senate, Senator Edward Kennedy had become a powerful force in Washington politics. Of the many issues he worked on, Kennedy repeatedly called reforming the health care system "the cause of his life." What will his passing do to the debate. and who will fill his void? For more, The Takeaway talks to Julie Mason, White House correspondent for the Washington Examiner.
We talk with Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and Emily Rooney, host of WGBH's Greater Boston. They tell us about the the impact of Senator Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama's presidential bid during the campaign.