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Pirates, Or No Pirates?

A U.S. flag can be seen on merchant ship "Maersk Alabama" as she sits moored at the Mombasa port on April 12, 2009, a day after arriving in this Kenyan coastal city. Pirates hijacked the ship as it sailed towards the port of Mombasa carrying food aid. The ship's captain, Richard Phillips, was recently rescued by U.S. forces. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Our dilemma today: pirates, or no pirates?

Do we follow the story (just because it is instrinsically iteresting)? Or, do we wait to see if there's a unique angle we can add.

I confess I am torn because, on the one hand, I find every aspect of this story compelling — it reminds us that, although we live in a modern age, many of our ancient inflictions remain. Plus the story has it all: the lawlessless, the human story, the military strategy, the fact that the pirates are now vowing to retaliate (which I find hilarious! Wait a second here, you hold people hostage, but nobody's supposed to fight back? are you kidding me?)

On the other hand, if you have alrady heard it on the morning shows and on cable. What more do you need to hear from us?

Other issues in the works: there are some truly compelling education stories out there. Do we tackle them singly or try to group them together?

More on cities in crisis
We expect to have an interview with the Mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman. What's it like to run a city that's kind of become a symbol for wretched excess.

And later in the week, we're thinking about that story about the Turkish television news anchor who did his commentary in blackface.

If you hadn't heard about it, Here it is:

It's actually a fairly complicated issue of symbolism, and it's strange.

Speaking of commentary, I did not deliver one today. I am sure some of you are grateful, but to those who are not. It was Easter and, because I try to be topical, I almost always prepare it on Sunday. And in order to have uninterrupted time with the family and to focus on the day; I did not.