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Jeffrey Feldman, expert on language and framing, critiques the Obama team’s handling of the health care battle;  Sam Barry tries to teach PBC to play the harmonica; and your humble host reports on his recent “stay-cation” in the Bay Area.  Dr. Feldman is author of Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy, so he is not surprised by the mob mentality at town hall meetings; but his is surprised that Obama and the Democrats have lost control of the “debate”, partly by failing to define their plans, including the “public option”.  Sam Barry is a funny guy with a funny book, How to Play the Harmonica and Other Life Lessons. You can learn a little about playing harmonica, and some harp experts like Lee Oskar, Bob Dylan, Charlie Musselwhite and Norton Buffalo.  PBC reports on 5 days of  “stay-cation” in San Francisco, including Alcatraz, a wacky tour on an amphibious duck, the new California Academy of Sciences, a dinner cruise on the Bay, an A’s baseball game, and the Great America theme park.  Here’s a special offer for PBC listeners from Hornblower:  $99 special for 2 on their Champagne Brunch Cruise (discount code PMT26), Alcatraz Discovery Lunch Cruise (discount code PMT12) or Supper Club Cruise (discount code PMT37). Restrictions apply.  Offer expires 9/15/09, valid for new bookings only, max 20 guests; can’t be combined with other offers or gift certificates, not valid on special events or dinner dance cruises, tax and gratuity additional.