On today's mega-sized Political Junkie, NPR's Ken Rudin will count us down to the Iowa Caucuses, talk about a new poll that shows Barack Obama leading the pack, and the upcoming tell-all book authored by former White House press secretary Scott McClellan. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) will also join us later in the hour to talk about his campaign in Iowa. After that, we'll talk about Darfur with Luis Moreno-Ocampo. He is the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court and is featured in a documentary called "Darfur Now." Moreno-Ocampo will explain how he gathers evidence to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity.
In our second hour, we will talk to Alex Kurzem about his incredible story of survival. He was a child when he witnessed the murder of his mother and siblings by Nazi death squads who raided his Russian village. He escaped and hid in the woods for months until he was rescued by a group of Latvian Nazis. The group adopted him as their own and made him their mascot, completely unaware that Kurzem was a Jew. He kept the secret of his childhood from his family for most of his life. His determination to retrace his Jewish history and reclaim his identity led him to reach out to his son, Mark, for help. Mark Kurzem tells his father's extraordinary story in a new book entitled,The Mascot: Unraveling the Mystery of My Jewish Father's Nazi Boyhood. Both father and son will join our program today. At the end of the hour, NPR science correspondent Joe Palca will answer your questions about the recent scientific breakthroughs in stem cell research.