April 14th Show

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Schoolchildren gather around a full-size mockup of the Orion crew exploration vehicle which NASA displayed on the National Mall last year in Washington, DC. In our second hour, we'll explain how President Obama's plans to cut NASA's Constellation program could affect America's future in space exploration. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Schoolchildren gather around a full-size mockup of the Orion crew exploration vehicle which NASA displayed on the National Mall last year in Washington, DC. In our second hour, we'll explain how President Obama's plans to cut NASA's Constellation program could affect America's future in space exploration.

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The Political Junkie
NPR political junkie Ken Rudin talks about the week in political news, including President Obama's nuclear summit, Palin's agenda for the GOP, and this week's trivia question. Then, NPR's Don Gonyea talks about what happened at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference held in New Orleans.

Nicholas Kristof and Zimbabwe
Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, and his family just returned from a trip to Zimbabwe where he surreptitiously reported on everyday life under President Robert Mugabe. Kristof talks about the trip and explains what he learned.

Operation Babylift
Thirty-five years ago this month, the U.S. government rushed more than three thousand displaced children out of Vietnam as the North Vietnamese army advanced on Saigon. "Operation Babylift" had the best of intentions and made dramatic headlines, but it also had profound emotional consequences for the children (not all of whom were orphans) and, in some cases, for the families they left behind forever. Dana Sachs explains the legacy of the evacuations, and talks about her new book, The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam.

Obama Not Shooting for the Moon
Tomorrow, President Obama is expected to defend his vision and proposed budget for NASA and his decision to cut the Constellation program, part of which would have returned astronauts to the moon. His critics include three prominent former astronauts, including Apollo 13 commander James Lovell. In an open letter, Lovell joined Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong in describing the President's move to cancel Constellation as "devastating" to the U.S. space program. Lovell talks about America's future in space exploration and the 40th anniversary of his famous mission.

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