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October 12th Show

As the United States fights two wars, recruitment numbers are up. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Go Army?
General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has called for the deployment of 40,000 to 60,000 additional U.S. troops to fight the war in Afghanistan. And many young people are willing to enlist. With recruitment numbers up, we'll talk about what recruits consider when they think about joining American's military. Have you considered joining the military? Tell us how you made your decision.

The President's Nobel Prize
Since last week's announcement that President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, reaction to the news has been mixed. While the Nobel committee is praising the President for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy", critics continue to debate on whether or not the President really deserves the award. What do you think? Should President Obama have received the Nobel Peace Prize? If not, who do you think should have?

Firesign Theatre Reunites
During the mid-1960s, the Firesign Theatre started on radio in Los Angeles and produced a series of records that became cult classics—with detective "Nick Danger: Third Eye" becoming one of their most famous characters. Phil Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman and Philip Proctor, who make up the four-man comedy troupe, join us to toast Nick Danger's fortieth birthday.

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate—that is the question
Last spring, fears surrounding the H1N1 flu dominated headlines around the world. Now, fears about the vaccine that could help prevent it are running just as rampant. But in a New York Times op-ed, infectious disease expert Paul Offit explains there is "nothing to fear but the flu itself."