Comparing Walden to Wobegon -- what kettle lakes mean to America Geology Professor Robert Thorson's new book is called "Beyond Walden -- The Hidden History of America's Kettle Lakes." Tom Crann met him at one of those lakes, Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, to ask what defines it -- and so many others -- as kettles.4:50 p.m.
Congress Bickers Over Secret CIA Program
House Democrats disclosed that they've been told the CIA concealed an unidentified program from Congress for years just as the House takes up a bill to authorize intelligence programs. Democrats want to expand the number of lawmakers briefed on covert operations to 40, up from the current eight. But President Barack Obama has issued a — rare — veto threat against the bill, saying small briefings are adequate if oversight works properly.
Week In Politics Reviewed
E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss President Obama's meeting with Pope Benedict, the latest economic figures, the health care debate and the 500th birthday of John Calvin, the founder of the Calvinist Protestantism.
AIG Seeks Fed Approval On Executive Bonuses
American International Group's plan to pay millions in retention bonuses to top executives caused a political firestorm a few months ago. Both the company and federal officials are hoping to avoid another fiasco. AIG has asked the Obama administration's new "compensation czar" to approve the bonuses to shield the company from a public backlash. The Treasury Department says the consultation process is just getting under way.
The Gig-Saver: 15 Tones, One Guitar
Using his knowledge of electronics, University of Maryland associate professor Bruce Jacob has developed a new guitar that seamlessly switches among 15 tones. Along with graduate student Joe Gross, the two have started Coil Guitars.
United Passenger Sets Complaint To Music
Musician Dave Carroll's $3,500 guitar was damaged by United Airlines baggage handlers. He complained to the airline, but got nowhere so he decided to write a song about it. His song, "United Breaks Guitars," went viral on YouTube.
Report Offers New Details On Bush Spy Program
Five federal inspectors general have sent a report to Congress on the surveillance measures President Bush put in place after 9/11. The report includes new details on the warrantless wiretaps of domestic communications.
Obama, Pope Hold Private Talks
After winding up his visit in Italy for the G-8 summit on today, President Obama met Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, with the world economy at the top of their agenda. The pope recently issued a papal encyclical that criticized the drive for profits above everything else and called for a new financial order based on the common good.
Aviva Kempner Says 'Yoo-Hoo' To Unsung Heroine
Gertrude Berg invented the family sitcom, first on the radio, then on television. She was the creator, writer and star of The Goldbergs and now is the subject of a new documentary film, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg.
Recession Blocks GM's Road To Profitability
General Motors has emerged from bankruptcy with its eye on regaining the trust and the dollars of the American consumer. But Bob Lutz, GM's vice chairman, says the automaker can only hope to break even in this economy.