October 9th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, athletes and steroid use, Buddhist monks rebel, letters, Do we torture? and military anthropology.
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October 9th Show

Coming up on today's show:

Marion Jones has made headline news since she admitted to using performance enhancing drugs leading up to the 2000 Olympics. She has given up the five medals she won in those Olympic games, suspended for two years from competition, and now faces jail time for lying to federal investigators in 2003. The number of athletes who have been charged with using steroids seems to be increasing in the sports world. Accusations are certainly nothing new. So with so much scrutiny surrounding steroid use, why do athletes continue to use them? In our first hour, we'll talk to one athlete and former steroid user who says performance enhancing drugs are prevalent in the world of professional sports. Following that, Philip Delves Broughton talks about his op-ed that appeared in last week's Wall Street Journal where he describes how Buddhist monks are rebelling against military regimes in Burma in their fight for democracy. And we'll read from you blogs and emails about the car of the future, the roots of gospel music, and we'll listen to audio of a woman describing what it's like to live with multiple personalities.

In our second hour, Amrit Singh, co-author of the book Administration of Torture and a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, explains what exactly happens in interrogation rooms with terror suspects, and where the line is drawn between "aggressive interrogation techniques" and torture. We'll end the hour with a discussion on the newest recruits to military troops in Afghanistan and Iraq... anthropologists. According to an article for the New York Times, "Cultural anthropology in particular is crucial to the understanding of a region that is, in many ways, completely alien to Americans." A senior social science advisor with the U.S. Army's Human Terrain System and a professor of anthropology talk about "academic embeds."