November 15th: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, surviving childhood sex abuse, and the political right's message on inequality. In the second hour, the story behind the Trail Of Tears, and the wide-ranging effects of the NBA lockout.
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November 15th: What's On Today's Show

A Penn State alum holds a sign at this past Saturday's NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. In our first hour, we will talk about the victims of childhood sexual abuse, and the options that are available to help them. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Surviving Childhood Sex Abuse
The investigation into charges of sexual abuse at Penn State continues. Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky faces forty counts of abusing young boys. He told NBC News that he is innocent. He said he did shower with several boys and engage in horse play, but said he is not a pedophile. A jury will ultimately decide the facts of this particular case. But, the latest allegations focus attention on the many victims of childhood sexual abuse. How do they respond after abuse, and what treatment options are available to help them deal with the aftermath? Guest host Brian Naylor talks with Mitru Ciarlante of the National Center for Victims of Crime and Teresa Huizar of the National Children's Alliance.

'About Inequality' And the GOP
Occupy Wall Street protests, President Obama's jobs push and recent reports on the United States' growing income gap made for the perfect recipe for a left-liberal revival, Matt Continetti argues in a recent op-ed. "The right?" he asked, "Caught off guard." Continetti writes in The Weekly Standard that Republicans have been too quick to dismiss the arguments on the left. "Inequalities are a way of life," he writes, and the way out for the GOP is to better communicate its message that government's purpose is not to redress inequalities of income. Continetti joins guest host Brian Naylor to talk about his op-ed, "About Inequality."

The Story Behind The Trail Of Tears
The Trail of Tears — the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans from their homelands in the American south to Oklahoma — is often taught in classrooms as one of the darkest moments in American history. Still, many people don't know the full story: The trail of tears was the result of a series of events and decisions that came not only from the federal government, but from within the Cherokee nation itself. Historian and filmmaker Daniel Blake Smith's new book, An American Betrayal: Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears documents the events leading up to the trail of tears. Guest host Brian Naylor speaks with Smith about the book, the long and complicated relationship between the Cherokee nation and the United States government, and the present day legacy of what happened on the trail of tears.

NBA Lockout
The NBA season may be over without a single tip-off. After several rounds of postponing games for weeks at a time, the league made a final offer to players and they rejected it. The players union announced plans to disband the union and file an antitrust lawsuit against team owners. The season was scheduled to open November 1st. Now, after two years of negotiations and 137 days under a lockout, the full 2011-2012 season is now in question. Cancelling games affects the players and the fans, but also the many businesses that revolve around the industry. Guest host Brian Naylor talks about what the players and owners want and the ripple effect that could expand if the season gets cancelled.