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Learning from Libya

Learning from Libya

08/22/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the latest on Libya and how the U.S. presence there affects... watch

Jerry Leiber 1933-2011

08/22/11 07:43PM

Jerry Leiber, the genius who, with Mike Stoller, co-wrote “Jailhouse Rock, “King Creole,” Stand By Me,” “On Broadway” and about a jillion other rock and R&B standards that you know by heart and that changed the world forever, has died in Los Angeles at age 78."Hound Dog,” “Young Blood,” “Poison Ivy,” “Love Potion #9,” so many more,--  How many songwriters could make you laugh and dance --at the same time? And could also be achingly romantic and smart and sexy---at the same time? Jerry Leiber served up slices of heaven, three minutes at a time. read more

Ahead on the 8/22 Maddow show

08/22/11 06:36PM

Tonight's guests include;Thomas Erdbrink, bureau chief of The Washington Post in Tehran, live from Zawiya, Libya   Dan Rather, host of "Dan Rather Reports" on HDNet   Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic, founder and publisher of The Washington Note   Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan, author of "Engaging the Muslim World"   Michael Steele, former chairman of the RNCHere's Bill Wolff with a preview of tonight's show: read more

Despite all appearances, this is a government job.

Florida lost 22,000 jobs last month, half of them government

08/22/11 06:05PM

Maybe Florida Governor Rick Scott should study up on Texas, where the growth in government jobs has given Rick Perry a claim to being "America's jobs governor."The latest jobs figures from Florida show that Mr. Scott's state lost 22,100 jobs last month. If you look at the chart, which I highly recommend, you'll see that more than half of those were government jobs -- 1,500 at the state level, 9,700 local. Another 3,800 jobs in education disappeared.That would include situations like the one in the Duval County school district, where they laid off more than 250 workers last month. read more

Kids in Okuma, Japan, get toys back in March from a combined U.S. and Japanese military help center.

Atomic might as well be forever

08/22/11 04:45PM

With everything else going on today, this large piece of news seems unlikely to make the show:Broad areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could soon be declared uninhabitable, perhaps for decades, after a government survey found radioactive contamination that far exceeded safe levels, several major media outlets said Monday.The post-Fukushima uninhabitable zone could cover communities in a 12-mile radius from the nuclear plant. In Okuma, a couple of miles south, radiation has been measured at 25 times the limit declared acceptable by the government. read more

It's.... alive!

It's.... alive!

08/22/11 03:47PM

The first humanoid robot in space came to life today. Its name is Robonaut 2, nickname is R2 (get it?).  He's designed to be an astronaut's helper, and he is currently living up in the International Space Station.Today ground controllers at NASA's Johnson Space Center sent the command to power R2 up for the first time. He didn't move around or anything. NASA takes things pretty slow, so he doesn't get to move around for at least another week. But somehow, he's still able to tweet.Hmmm.... robots mixing with humans on a spaceship. What could go wrong?  read more