April 7th Show

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hide captionA sign for prayer hangs on the front of a home near the entrance to the Upper Big Branch coal mine owned by Massey Energy Company and operated by Performance Coal Company in Montcoal, West Virginia, on April 6, 2010.

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Sign draped on porch.

A sign for prayer hangs on the front of a home near the entrance to the Upper Big Branch coal mine owned by Massey Energy Company and operated by Performance Coal Company in Montcoal, West Virginia, on April 6, 2010.

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The Political Junkie On The Supreme Court
John Paul Stevens, 89, has said that he plans to retire from the Supreme Court during Barack Obama's presidency. Because the associate justice has only hired one clerk for the upcoming term, there is growing expectation that he'll hang up his robe sooner, rather than later. Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins us to talk about Supreme Court succession and all the latest political news, plus trivia!

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The Life Of Miners
An intense explosion in a West Virginia mine killed 25 miners earlier this week. Rescuers resumed drilling today in order to reach the four remaining workers still trapped underground. As residents of the mining town hope for a miracle rescue, safety concerns and misconceptions loom in regards to the daily grind of the underground workers.

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