Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on August 11, 2011

Markets are up today, but one of the big worries this week has been about the exposure US banks have to European debt. How bad is Europe’s crisis and how much damage can it do to the American economy? We’ll try to get some answers.

This weekend, citizens living near chemical and power plants in Louisville will hold a rally for environmental justice. We’ll talk with Michele Roberts, with Advocates for Environmental Human Rights about these inequalities.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is being sued over the alleged torture of three U.S. citizens who were working as contractors in Iraq. Rumsfeld claims immunity, and the Obama administration is backing him up. Judges have ruled against him in two cases. We’ll talk with Dahlia Lithwik at Slate.

And Emily Yellin helps us understand the immense, complex, and often surreal, customer service industry.

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