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March 15th Show

In this courtroom sketch, Assistant United States Attorney James Loonam, left, is seen with defense attorney Robert Gottlieb, center, and Gottlieb's client, defendant Adis Medunjanin, during Medunjanin's arraignment at the federal courthouse in New York City, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010. Elizabeth Williams/AP hide caption

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In this courtroom sketch, Assistant United States Attorney James Loonam, left, is seen with defense attorney Robert Gottlieb, center, and Gottlieb's client, defendant Adis Medunjanin, during Medunjanin's arraignment at the federal courthouse in New York City, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010.

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Pew's Annual State Of The News Media Report
Today, the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism releases their annual State of the News Media Report. The revolution continues in the news business — fewer people read newspapers, and hardly any want to pay for online news sites. Still, there are bright spots: Journalism is booming in commentary and discussions on cable, the web, radio and social media. Neal Conan talks with the PEJ's Tom Rosenstiel and NPR's David Folkenflik about the report and the future of the news industry.

Op-Ed: Radical Lawyers Defend Terrorists
A conservative group has condemned the Department of Justice for nine political appointments of attorneys who previously represented al-Qaida detainees. On The Opinion Page today, Mark Thiessen, a former speech writer for President George W. Bush and a columnist for The Washington Post, applauds Keep America Safe for raising awareness about the issue, arguing that the lawyers in question have "radical and dangerous views."

Nell Irvin Painter And The History Of White People
Recent cultural definitions of race have been dominated by what it means to be black. There are far fewer explorations of whiteness. Historian Nell Irvin Painter's new book explores the history of "whiteness" — and finds that what it means to be "white" has changed throughout American history. We'll talk to her about her book, The History of White People, and the evolution of a definition that existed mostly to exclude.

...Plus something else, tba!