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January 12th: What's On Today's Show

A video that appears to show U.S. Marines desecrating Taliban corpses has prompted international condemnation. bjnr0/YouTube hide caption

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Tactics In The Abortion Debate
In recent years abortion rights opponents have stepped up efforts to challenge Roe vs. Wade, the nearly 40-year-old Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. In 2011, Mississippi proposed the personhood amendment that would define life as beginning at conception, Ohio proposed legislature that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, and just this week Texas upheld a sonogram requirement law. These new proposals have put abortion rights supporters on the defensive, and some of the new tactics are causing divisions among anti-abortion groups as well. Host Neal Conan talks with NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner, Jay Sekulow, chief counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, and Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, about the evolving strategies of abortion rights advocates and opponents, and what's next in the abortion debate.

Haiti: Two Years After The Quake
While progress has been made in Haiti since the magnitude 7.0 earthquake, the road to recovery is slow. Almost two-thirds of the estimated 1.5 million Haitians living in tent shelters have left the tent camps to return to their homes or temporary shelters. More than half of the 10 million tons of rubble created by the earthquake has been removed from the streets. Yet crime is still rampant, there are worries about how the country's parliament will work with the new government, and questions remain bout the flow of aid for basic needs. Neal Conan talks with Rajiv Shah of USAID about the successes in rebuilding Haiti so far, and the challenges ahead.

Police Questioned After Firing Their Weapon
Usually a last resort, the use of deadly force is often times met with public controversy, and sometimes, controversy within the police department. Questions arise about whether the police officer should have used his or her weapon, and all incidents of deadly force are followed by investigations into the actions of the officer who fired the weapon. Host Neal Conan speaks with former police officer David Klinger, who has used deadly force while on duty, to find out about how police officers determine whether or not to use deadly force and the effect it may have on an officer and his or her career. Neal also talks with reporter Lawrence Mower, who just wrote a series on the use of deadly force for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, about trends in the use of deadly force and how districts respond when incidents occur.

Military Outraged After Urination Video
The Marine Corps is investigating a video that purports to depict Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters. NATO authorities, American officials and Afghan President Hamid Karzi all condemned the video. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said such behavior is "entirely inappropriate for members of the United States military."