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In 1994, the Multiethnic Placement Act was put into place, stating that foster parents cannot request a specific race for their foster children. Today, a report was released that criticizes the act because of the challenges minority children face in all-white households. The report also suggests that white parents aren't properly prepared to help minority children cope in an all-white environment. We'll discuss details the new report in our first hour, and we hope to hear from you about your personal experience with multi-racial adoption. Following that, we'll be joined by the developer of "Virtual Iraq," a immersion therapy program that places soldiers in "virtual" high-stress environments to help treat those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. At the end of the hour, we'll read from your email and blog comments .

Under what (if any) circumstance should you initiate direct talks with your enemy? In our second hour, we'll talk to people on both sides of the issue of appeasement. Author Robert Kaufman, professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, is skeptical about negotiating with our enemies. However, Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign relations, believes that talking with our enemies can produce positive results. Following that discussion, we'll talk with two of the real people portrayed by actors in the HBO movie, Recount. The film pulls back the veil on the controversial 2000 Bush-Gore election and chronicles the five weeks of ballot recounting in Florida.

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Even though HBO claimed that this film was to be non-partisan there were at least two examples where the film definitely leaned to the Gore camp in depicting them as the underdog. There were almost a dozen brief shots of people looking at uncounted ballots and in almost every one the person declared it was for Gore. There was one or two undecided but none identified for Bush - giving the impression that all of the uncounted ballots were intended for Gore. There were several depictions of lawyers presenting their arguments before the Florida or Supreme courts. Almost all of them were from the Gore lawyers, thus we never heard any of the arguments from the Bush lawyers. Otherwise HBO did a good job of compressing two months of events into 2 hours.

Sent by Tom DiTanna | 5:34 PM | 5-27-2008