April 13th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, the pros and cons of bailout bonds, and on the opinion page, one scholar believes it's time to arm ship crewman to kill pirates. In our second hour, what and what not to eat, and the next SCOTUS (female?) justice.
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April 13th Show

Here's a quick look at what's coming up on the show today:

The Obama administration is floating a plan that would allow small investors to buy into the bailouts at a relatively low price and potentially make money from their tax dollars. But some economists warn that purchasing shares of toxic assets is risky business. In our first hour, economists will talk about the pros and cons of bailout bonds. Then, on the Opinion Page,
Fred Ikle will explain why he feels the United States is not doing enough to prevent pirates from attacking ships. In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Ikle suggests that applying the right of self-defense to crews threatened by would-be pirates would justify killing the pirates as they attempted to board a ship, and it might prevent future standoffs.

With so many studies on health and nutrition appearing to contradict each other, it's hard to decide which foods are good for you and which ones are bad. In our second hour, Allison Aubrey, NPR's consumer health reporter, decodes some of the latest nutrition news, and Mark Bittman, a food writer and cookbook author, will tells us how we can inject some nutritional wisdom into our cooking. Then, Dahlia Lithwick, contributing editor of Newsweek and senior writer for the online magazine Slate, will explain why she believes we need more female justices on the Supreme Court.