July 20th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, CIA and assassinations, and remembering the 40th anniversary of the moon landing and the life of Walter Cronkite. In our second hour, overcoming obstacles, and women abusing men.
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CIA And The Rules Of Assassination
After the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, J. Cofer Black, the head of the CIA's counter-terrorism center was authorized by President Bush to hunt down those responsible for the attacks, including Osama bin Laden. According to former CIA officers, Black gave his team a very direct order: "Your job is to capture bin Laden, kill him and bring his head back in a box on dry ice." Today, we'll talk with NPR news analyst Ted Koppel and former CIA deputy director Richard Kerr about when it is OK for the U.S. government to go beyond capture and target someone for assassination.

Chronicling The Life Of Walter Cronkite
Forty years ago most of America sat riveted by Walter Cronkite as he narrated Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon. We mark the 40th anniversary of the first moonwalk by remembering the man who narrated an entire era... from the first moon landing, to John F. Kennedy's assassination, the Vietnam war and the Watergate scandal. What do you remember about watching Walter Cronkite? What memories of his era in news would you like to pass on to the next generation?

What Obstacles Did You Overcome?
When you hear or talk about the classic American success story, there is often the common link of a "humble beginning." Last week's confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court served as a reminder of that, and it can be argued that the people we become is often shaped by some type of struggle that had to be overcome. We want to hear your stories. What obstacles have you had to overcome? And has you story been hard to explain to people?

The Violence We Ignore — Women Abusing Men
Earlier this month, football star Steve McNair was shot dead by his girlfriend in a murder-suicide. In a recent article for The Baltimore Sun, co-author Dr. Ned Holstein points out that many news sources failed to mention that this was a tragic case of domestic violence in which the male was the victim. We'll talk to Dr. Holstein about the often ignored cases of men victimized by their wives and girlfriends. The article is entitled "The Violence We Ignore" and co-written by Glenn Sacks.