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September 12th Show

Hail, hail, the gang's all here!! Neal Conan et al are back from the Hill, and things are about as normal as we can muster two hours before showtime. Here are the show topics we are working on for you today:

The first hour's main topic is a discussion about the politics of Iraq. What has actually changed following the two days of testimony by General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker on their assessment of the war in Iraq. NPR's Ken Rudin is moving up in the TOTN world this week and talks about how the war has affected politics in America. We'll continue our discussion on Iraq at the end of the hour with The New Yorker writer George Packer. He'll talk about his article in which he opines that maintaining current troop levels in Iraq for the next year will be difficult unless extraordinary measures are taken. It's called, "Planning for Defeat."

In our second hour, we go inside the world of the controversial group lead by polygamist Warren Jeffs, known as The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Currently, Jeffs is facing charges of rape as an accomplice in the arranged marriage of a 14-year-old girl. The topic for the end of that hour is still coming together, so stay tuned!!