Today, NPR reporter Ari Shapiro will grace our airwaves from the host's chair. (Neal Conan will be back tomorrow.) And here's what's coming up on the show today:
In our first hour, we will discuss the the debate over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Right now, Congress is still negotiating to amend the law that tells the President when he needs a court warrant to eavesdrop on phone or email conversations. FISA has been amended many times over the past 30 years, but this time has been unexpectedly difficult. The Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's National Security Division will be among the guests to discuss the details of a new FISA law. Later in the first hour, we'll talk with David Kuo, a former deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Kuo wrote an op-ed that appeared in the February 24th edition of the Washington Post where he examines the question, "Who will govern the new religious right?"
In our second hour, we will talk about how people in the Muslim world view democracy, radicalism and women's rights. And if you ever wondered what Muslims admire most and least about the West, a Gallup organization posed the question to both Muslims and Westerners. Surprisingly, both groups gave nearly the same answers. We'll talk about the survey with Dalia Mogahed, co-author of a new book entitled, Who Speaks for Islam? What a billion Muslims really think. The book represents the largest comprehensive survey of Muslim attitudes around the world. Following that discussion, we'll talk about why many Latino voters tend to favor Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama.