The Alyona Show: Building BRICs

Today the BRIC leaders met for the second time in Brazil, the four countries are all emerging economic powerhouses. So the big question is, what is the future for this new partnership? Gregory White from the Business Insider joins Alyona from our New York Studio to weigh in.

It's Tax Day in America, so you can bet that the Tea Party came out in full force to protest. Dina Gusovsky was there and joins Alyona to tell her what she saw.

Then, the Tea Party's numbers and influence has grown in the last year since it first appeared on the scene to protest the economic stimulus, and then health care reform. But are Tea Party groups really an independent movement, or just a fringe of the Republican Party, looking for yet another thing to say no to?

And, a few years ago, some Washington Mutual bankers preformed a rap song at one of their lavish conferences, and the Alyona Show got a hold of the lyrics. So of course we had to put together a reenactment. Here it is...Alyona's rap debut.

Then, ZION I is a hip hop duo from Oakland, California. AmpLive and MC Zumbi debuted their EP in 1997, and now are already promoting their sixth studio album, The Takeover. But unlike mainstream hip hop artists that rap about money, bling, girls, and booze, Zion I still believe in the power of lyricism. In the power of music to tell a story, and spread a message. So how do they master fusing hip hop with politics? They join Alyona live from LA to explain.

Later, a new report from the U.S. Joint Forces Command has warned that surplus oil production capacity could disappear within two years and that there could be serious shortages by 2015 with a significant economic and political impact. What's odd is that the US military says its views cannot be taken as US government policy, and if we look at  what the government and the EPA have said before, they said an oil shortage was decades away. So who is right? Steve Everley from American Solutions weighs in.

Finally, President Barack Obama traveled to Cape Canaveral Florida to give his plans for the future of NASA, which included cuts to the Constellation program, jumpstarts to commercial space travel and of course jobs, as well as a manned mission to Mars. So can Obama's plans for Mars inspire the American people, and what role should NASA play, has it become just another government bureaucracy? Alyona and Berin Szoka from the Space Frontier Foundation try to figure it out.