August 7th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, what we know in the FBI anthrax investigation. Following that, a look at your favorite wedding movies. In our second hour, how political humor shapes your view of politics and politicians. And a look inside the legal process ...
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August 7th Show

The FBI said yesterday that evidence points to scientist Bruce Ivins being solely responsible for killing five people in 2001 by sending them envelops of anthrax through the mail. Investigators called it the "worst act of bioterrorism in U.S. history." Last month, Bruce Ivins committed suicide as the government was preparing to indict him. Therefore, there will be no trial. But lingering questions remain about the case and the investigation. In our first hour, our NPR science correspondent David Kestenbaum will give us the background information about the case, and tell us what we know about Bruce Ivins. We'll also be joined by U.S. Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ). He represents the congressional district where the anthrax letters were believed to have originated. At the end of the hour, we will completely switch gears. Our movie impresario Murray Horwitz will join us to talk about your favorite wedding movies. My personal favorite is The Princess Bride. Gotta love an ending that involves white horses. But your favorite doesn't have to involve a happy ending. Just a wedding!!!

At the top of our second hour, we'll talk about the influence of political comedy. From The Daily Show to The Colbert Report to political skits on SNL. Does watching... and laughing... at political satire effect your view of politics or the politicians who are in — or running for — office? Following that, Robert Mintz, a former federal prosecutor in the district of New Jersey, will take us inside the legal process in the anthrax investigation.