Happy Earth Day! We'll show our awareness and appreciation for the Earth and the environment in our first hour. Richard Harris and Chris Joyce, two of our science correspondents, will join us to talk about their reporting for NPR's year long series, Climate Connections with National Geographic. The series takes you on a journey around the globe with stories about "how the climate changes people and how people change the climate." They will tell us how our planet is doing... and what we are doing to our planet. At the end of the hour, author Steven Kurutz shows us what it really takes to be a rock star that acts like a rock star. Kurutz's new book, Like a Rolling Stone takes us backstage, onstage and on the road with Sticky Fingers, a Rolling Stones tribute band.
Earlier this month, a jury convicted a member of the street gang MS-13 for shooting and killing a stranger in a Maryland suburb. MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, originated in Los Angeles and has spread to include member cells throughout the United States, Mexico, Central and South America. It has become the biggest and fastest-growing of the Latin American street gangs and is gaining the reputation as the world's most dangerous gang. In today's second hour, a former member of MS-13 will talk about how the gang is organized, how it grew and why people feel compelled to become a member. At the end of the hour, Vanity Fair writer William Langewiesche talks about his recent trip to China, and explains why he feels Beijing is the perfect venue for this summer's Olympic Games. Langewiesche's article Beijing's Olympic Makeover appears in this month's issue of Vanity Fair.