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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Capped or not capped, the BP oil spill are far from over. We check in with reporters in Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida to hear how the local community, fishermen, and tourism industry is faring. Plus, the massive post-9/11 surveillance industrial complex. Also today: the surprising economics of horse race gambling.

Gulf State Roundup

Sandra Averhart, news director at public radio station WUWF in Pensacola, Florida, and Ryan Dezember, reporter for the Mobile Press-Register, discuss how coastal communities along the Gulf are reacting to the latest oil spill news. Also, Environmental Reporter for the New Orleans Gambit Alex Woodward discusses media blackouts along Louisiana's coast.

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Top Secret America

William Arkin, national security reporter for the Washington Post, discusses his new series Top Secret America, which describes America's national security buildup since the September 11th, 2001 attacks.

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Aqueduct Alternative

Hugh O'Neill, president of the economic development company Appleseed, says New York should learn from cities like Amsterdam and Frankfurt when it comes to the development of an Aqueduct -- more commerce, and less gambling.

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BP Connection to the Lockerbie Bomber Release

John Burns, London bureau chief for the New York Times, discusses his reporting on the BP connection to the deal that resulted in the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

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Library of Digital Content?

Dan Gillmor, director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and writer for, discusses efforts to archive the Internet, and his participation in this week's Library of Congress meetings about preserving digital content

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Open Phones: What Did You Learn Late?

We take your calls about something it took you a surprisingly long amount of time to learn. What practical lesson or tip did you not discover until just recently? Less life lessons, and more the "oh man, I can't believe I was doing it wrong this whole time!" moments.

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