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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb performs live! Then, Thomas Fleming talks about the 50th anniversary of his book about Bunker Hill. We'll also take a look at the Boston Post Road, and how it influenced U.S. history. Plus, our latest Underreported segments are about the whaling talks and the millions of dollars in government contracts still being awarded to the company that used to be called Blackwater.

Jimmy Webb Performs Live

Grammy award-winner Jimmy Webb will be performing live and he’ll be discussing his new album, “Just Across the River.” Webb is joined on the album by his friends, fans, and recording partners, including Jackson Browne, Glen Campbell, Vince Gill, Billy Joel, Mark Knopfler, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, J. D. Souther and Lucinda Williams.

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The Story of Bunker Hill

Historian Thomas Fleming discusses the 50th anniversary edition of his book Now We Are Enemies: The Story of Bunker Hill . Hailed as a masterpiece when it was published, it still remains the most complete account of the clash that changed the course of America history—the battle of Bunker Hill.

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The Lost History of the Boston Post Road

Eric Jaffe tells the history of the 400-plus-year-old Boston Post Road, connecting New York City and Boston. The King’s Best Highway: The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route that Made America, details the road’s essential role in the political, economic, and social development of the United States. Continuously raised, improved, rerouted, and rebuilt, the road influenced the advent of newspapers, stagecoach travel, textiles, mass-produced goods, commuter railroads, and even Manhattan’s modern grid.

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Underreported Update: Whaling Talks Collapse

Philip Hoare, author of The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea, discusses why the international talks on lifting the whaling moratorium and proposed reductions on whaling by Norway, Japan, and Iceland have failed.

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Underreported: New Blackwater Contracts

Despite its long list of troubles, including federal investigations and indictments, the company formerly known as Blackwater has been awarded millions of dollars in contracts by the Obama Administration. The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, explains why.

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