December 18th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, Is my shirt from a sweatshop?, Kevin Everett, Rise in Teen Pregnancy, Turkey and Iraq, Letters.
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December 18th Show

In today's first hour, we'll discuss with our guests how to know if that article of clothing you just bought was manufactured in a sweatshop. As a consumer, or for that matter as a clothing company, is it possible to tell? We'll find out if you can trust those "made in the USA" tags, and whether or not the inspection process offers any clues. At the end of the hour, we'll talk with Tim Layden, senior sports writer for Sports Illustrated, about the amazing recovery of Kevin Everett, the Buffalo Bills' player who broke his neck and severely damaged his spinal cord during a season opening game this past September. Everett was paralyzed from the neck down, and doctors feared Everett would never walk again...but after three months, he is now walking on his own. Tim Laden's piece on Kevin Everett is this month's cover story for Sports Illustrated.

In our second hour, we'll talk about the increase in the birth rate for teenagers in America. Earlier this month, the National Center for Health Statistics reported a three-percent increase among girls 15-to-19 years old. However, the decisions that face pregnant teens and their parents remain overwhelming. We'll hear the personal story of a teenager who gave birth this past spring just shy of her high school graduation, and talk to a nurse and a deputy director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy about the rise in teen birth rates and the choices and challenges of becoming a teenage parent. Following that, we'll talk about Turkey's recent airstrikes against rebels from the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, and at the end of the hour, we'll read from your blog and email comments.