May 27th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, cross-racial adoption, virtual Iraq, letters, talking with your enemy, "Recount".
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May 27th Show

Here's what's happening on today's show:

In 1994, the Multiethnic Placement Act was put into place, stating that foster parents cannot request a specific race for their foster children. Today, a report was released that criticizes the act because of the challenges minority children face in all-white households. The report also suggests that white parents aren't properly prepared to help minority children cope in an all-white environment. We'll discuss details the new report in our first hour, and we hope to hear from you about your personal experience with multi-racial adoption. Following that, we'll be joined by the developer of "Virtual Iraq," a immersion therapy program that places soldiers in "virtual" high-stress environments to help treat those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. At the end of the hour, we'll read from your email and blog comments .

Under what (if any) circumstance should you initiate direct talks with your enemy? In our second hour, we'll talk to people on both sides of the issue of appeasement. Author Robert Kaufman, professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, is skeptical about negotiating with our enemies. However, Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign relations, believes that talking with our enemies can produce positive results. Following that discussion, we'll talk with two of the real people portrayed by actors in the HBO movie, Recount. The film pulls back the veil on the controversial 2000 Bush-Gore election and chronicles the five weeks of ballot recounting in Florida.