July 28th Show : Blog Of The Nation Fifteen years after the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military was implemented, does it work? And the next generation of mystery novelists talk about how they construct the perfect whodunit.
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July 28th Show

I'm back from vacation, Neal Conan is on vacation, and Lynn Neary is our host all week. Now that you're up to date, here's what's coming up on the show today:

In our first hour: Do ask, do tell? Last week, Congress held its first hearing on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays in the military since it was enacted fifteen years ago. According to The Chicago Tribune, "lawmakers focused on two questions: what effect a change in the policy would have on troop unity and whether the current policy is hurting recruitment and retention of service members who are gay." Tell us what you think. We'd particularly like to hear from members of the military. Fifteen years later, does "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" work?

In our second hour, we'll talk about the next generation of mystery novels. We'll talk with two modern-day mystery writers about how they create the perfect whodunit. What do you think is the most important aspect of a good page-turning thriller? Is it the setting? The main character? Or that "I knew it" plot twist at the end?

**Just to make our Monday a little more exciting, we're waiting until the last possible moment to solidify our enders for both hours today. Stay tuned, folks. We'll have something for you!