In our first hour we will talk about the grave risks Iraqi journalists face while reporting in one of the most dangerous places in the world for reporters. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 121 journalists have been killed in Iraq since hostilities began there four years ago. Many western news organizations depend on Iraqi reporters to go where they can't... to conduct interviews, take photos, and write articles about what is taking place in the region. Today we will talk to two Iraqi journalists about the enormous risks of reporting in the line of fire, and also to an NPR foreign correspondent who hired many of the Iraqi reporters this organization relies on. Following that conversation, Ken Rudin stops in for his weekly Political Junkie visit and talks about what's happening in the political arena, including the history-making win in the Louisiana governor race, and Mitt Romney's repeated "Obama-Osama" faux pas. And Ana Marie Cox, Washington Editor of Time.com, will also join us to talk about Comedy Central political satirist Stephen Colbert and his recent appearance on Meet the Press. Colbert has announced he is "running" for president.
The wildfires that continue to sweep across Southern California have destroyed countless homes and prompted the biggest evacuation in the state's history. Hundreds of thousands of Californians have had to abandon their homes and, in the space of only a few minutes, are forced to decide what valuables to take with them and what to leave behind. In our second hour we'll hear from people who have lost their home in a disaster. Following that, we will talk to Emmy award winning writer and producer Rene Balcer, the executive producer of NBC's Law and Order. We'll talk about the series and the writer's strike that looms in Hollywood.