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Thursday, May 12, 2011

On today’s show: Scott Cleland explains why he thinks you can’t trust Google. Jazz pianist Jason Moran talks about his tribute concert to Fats Waller. David Goldman gives an account of his long struggle to bring his abducted son home. Underreported looks at medical societies and their financial ties to drug and medical device makers. Plus, an update on the protests and crackdown in Yemen.

Google: Do No Evil?

Google expert Scott Cleland argues that the world's most powerful company has a hidden political agenda, and explains why he things its mission to organize the world's information is destructive and wrong. In Search & Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc., he explains that Google has the largely unchecked power to influence and control virtually everything the Internet touches.

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Jason Moran and the Fats Waller Dance Party

Pianist Jason Moran talks about the upcoming tribute concert to Fats Waller, “The Fats Waller Dance Party.” Moran and Meshell Ndegeocello, along with a full band, re-envision Waller’s historic music into a contemporary dance event, which is part of the Harlem Stride and Uptown Nights at Harlem Stage series. “The Fats Waller Dance Party” takes place May 13-14 at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse.

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David Goldman's Battle to Bring His Son Home

David Goldman tells about his years-long struggle to bring his son home after he was abducted by his wife. In A Father’s Love: One Man’s Unrelenting Battle to Bring His Abducted Son Home, Goldman recounts his battle to bring Sean back home—an international controversy that would eventually reach the highest levels of the U.S. and Brazilian governments. It would be almost five years before David saw Sean again.

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Underreported: The Influence of Medical Device Makers

Charlie Ornstein and Tracy Weber, ProPublica senior reporters, discuss medical societies and their financial ties to drug and medical device makers. Ornstein and Weber are the authors of the article "Financial Ties Bind Medical Societies to Drug and Device Makers," part of ProPublica's series Dollars for Doctors.

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Update on Yemen

While protests have continued across Syria for days, security forces in three cities across Yemen fired on protesters on Wednesday. In the capital city of Sana’a, there were reports that at least six had died and about 100 were wounded. Jeb Boone, a special correspondent for the Washington Post, joins us from Yemen to describe yesterday’s violence and what it means for the protest movement there.

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