July 8th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, Haiti: 6 months later, and To Kill A Mockingbird turns 50.  In our second hour, videotaping police, and Lebron James.
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July 8th Show

In our second hour, guests explain the rules and your rights when it comes to video-recording the police. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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In our second hour, guests explain the rules and your rights when it comes to video-recording the police.


Haiti: Six Months Later
Nearly six months after the massive earthquake that leveled Port-au-Prince and much of Haiti, millions of Haitians still struggle to survive. More than 300,000 people died in the quake. Those who survived often faced food and water shortages, homelessness and a crisis of new orphans.  Problems that in many cases remain today.  Aid groups and the Haitian government continue relief efforts but mountains of rubble have not been removed, some 1.5 million Haitians remain homeless and the coming hurricane season has raised concerns about the where survivors living in squalid tent cities will go to protect themselves.  Neal Conan gets an update on Haiti, six months later, from aid groups and a reporter who's just back from the country.

To Kill A Mockingbird Turns 50
To Kill A Mockingbird remains a publishing phenomenon, even fifty years on.  An instant best seller, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a screen adaptation ranked one of the best of all time.  It still sells nearly a million copies every year.  Mary McDonagh Murphy set out to examine the phenomenon in her new book, Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years Of To Kill A Mockingbird.  The book includes interviews and reflections from Tom Brokaw, Anna Quindlen, Oprah Winfrey, and the author Harper Lee's sister.  Murphy talks about the impact of the book, and liseners reflections on what it means to them.

Videotaping Police
The Los Angeles police beating of Rodney King resonated, in part, because it was caught on video tape.  The images played out on television news programs night after night.  Now, twenty years later, almost everyone with a recent model cell phone also has a video camera in their pocket.  And many police departments struggle to draw the line between citizen's and journalists' right to film arrests and their officers' rights to privacy.  In several cases, bystanders recording an arrest were handcuffed themselves -- charged with illegal electronic surveillance.  Other departments hope to add wearable cameras to their officers, to capture every detail of every arrest.  Neal Conan talks about the rules, and your rights, when it comes to taping police arrests.

Lebron's Big Announcement
The wait is over! Today, during an hour-long ESPN special, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James will finally announce his future NBA plans. For weeks, team owners, basketball fans (even the President) have been on the edge of their seats, trying to guess who he will play for next season. The Knicks, Bulls, Heat, Nets, and his home team are vying for his attention. King James' decision marks a turning point for the business of free agency.  NPR's Tom Goldman talks about LeBron's decision, and why his situation is like no other in the sports world.