April 15th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, the future of the Surpreme Court and SEIU's Andy Stern. In our second hour, SNCC 50th Anniversary, and "I did not love my adopted child".
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April 15th Show

Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce answers questions in Shelbyville, Tenn., concerning the case of a 7-year-old boy who flew unaccompanied to Moscow last week with a note from his adoptive mother saying she no longer wanted him because he has psychological problems. In our second hour, KJ Dell'Antonia, writer and contributor to Slate.com, talks about her own struggles with being an adoptive parent. AP Photo/Mark Humphrey hide caption

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Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce answers questions in Shelbyville, Tenn., concerning the case of a 7-year-old boy who flew unaccompanied to Moscow last week with a note from his adoptive mother saying she no longer wanted him because he has psychological problems. In our second hour, KJ Dell'Antonia, writer and contributor to Slate.com, talks about her own struggles with being an adoptive parent.

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The Future of the High Court
The impending retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is only the latest development in what has been a seismic shakeup at the Court. Over the last four and a half years, the Court has subtly shifted in everything from ideology to geographic representation. NPR's legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg examines the future of the Supreme Court.

SEIU's Andy Stern
For the past 14 years, Andy Stern has led one of the most powerful and political unions in the country — the Service Employees International Union. Now, at the height of his power, he's resigning from his post at SEIU. Stern looks back at his time with the union, and what's next for labor.

50 Year Anniversary of SNCC
Fifty years ago today, several hundred student activists gathered at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina — a pivotal moment in the history of the Civil Rights movement. On Sunday, April 17th, 1960 they founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, to work for, "a social order of justice, permeated by love." At great risk, SNCC members registered voters, organized sit-ins, and helped coordinate the March on Washington. Julian Bond, one of the founders of SNCC and former president of the NAACP, and Clayborne Carson, a history professor at Stanford University, talk about the student movement that changed the country.

'I Did Not Love My Adopted Child'
Torry Hansen of Tennessee was in the spotlight this week after she sent her adoptive seven year old son back to Russia with a note that he was mentally unstable and had threatened to burn the family home to the ground. The note read, in part, "I no longer wish to parent this child." KJ Dell'Antonia is herself an adoptive parent of a child from overseas and says she understands Hansen's dilemma. Dell'Antonia talks about the difficulty she had with bonding with her daughter, a 3-year-old from China. She wrote about the experience for the online magazine Slate, in an article titled, I Did Not Love My Adopted Child: The painful truth about adoption.