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July 26th Show

In our first hour, Neal Conan remembers Dan Schorr, who died last week at the age of 93. Paula Darte/NPR hide caption

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In our first hour, Neal Conan remembers Dan Schorr, who died last week at the age of 93.

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More than 90,000 classified military documents were released to the public on Sunday by WikiLeaks.  The reports detail six-years of the war in Afghanistan and paint a bleaker picture than what many in Washington have suggested.  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange argues that the controversial site promotes democracy and more open discussion.  The military condemns the leak, and argues that it could put American lives and security at risk. Guest host Tony Cox talks with Daniel Ellsberg, who famously leaked the Pentagon Papers, and with Bill Harlow, a former spokesman for the CIA about leaks and consequences.

Remembering Daniel Schorr
Daniel Schorr died last week at the age of 93.  The aggressive reporter may be best known for his conflict with the Nixon administration, and his last twenty-five years of commentaries for NPR.  But he's also the originator of NPR's first midday talk show with callers, which he hosted with Neal Conan during the first Gulf War.  Neal Conan talks about Dan Schorr, remembering both the man himself, and the program that eventually became Talk of the Nation.

Media and the Facts
The news media is facing criticism over its role in the firing of Shirley Sherrod. The USDA official, who is black, was forced to resign over accusations of discrimination against a white farmer after an edited video of her speaking at an NAACP gathering appeared on a conservative blog. In the clip, Sherrod says she did not give a white farmer "the full force of what I could do."  Sherrod was branded a racist by many and lost her job before the full context of the remarks were understood. President Obama later apologized personally, and the USDA offered her a new position.  NPR Senior News Analyst Ted Koppel talks about the consequences for the news media of breaking a polarizing story before gathering all the facts.

Women in Haiti
More than six months after the earthquake flattened much of Port-au-Prince and Haiti, Haitians — and particularly Haitian women — continue to struggle.  Danielle St. Lot has held several positions in Haiti's government, and has spent much of her career focused on promoting women's rights, education and political participation.  St. Lot talks about the role and responsibility of women in the rebuilding process.