March 7th Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political history of Libya, and on the Opinion Page, Rep. King's hearings. In our second hour, political moves to de-fund Planned Parenthood, and David Ignatius says pay "blood money" in Pakistan.
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March 7th Show

Workers hang a banner signaling the opening of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora, Illinois in October of 2007. The clinic was a source of contention between abortion rights advocates and abortion rights opponents in the community, and last-minute legal challenges had delayed the clinic's opening. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Libya: How We Got Here
As anti-government forces advance on Tripoli under heavy fire, prolonged conflict in Libya seems more likely. Decades of autocratic rule and a continually divided population of groups and tribes have set the stage for this unrest. Host Neal Conan talks with George Joffe, research fellow at the Centre of International Studies, Cambridge University, and Chuck Cecil, former U.S. Liaison Officer in Libya, about the political history of Libya that is shaping the events of today.

The Opinion Page
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) will hold his long-anticipated hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims this Thursday. On this week's opinion page, Neal Conan reads from several op-eds in support of and against the hearings. Opponents complain they amount to a witch hunt and are unfair because they target just one group. However, supporters argue the hearings will offer insight into homegrown terrorism.

Planned Parenthood
Some Republicans have rallied together to de-fund all Planned Parenthood health care services throughout the United States. Planned Parenthood provides comprehensive health care to women, but many Americans have the perception that Planned Parenthood exists mainly to provide abortion services.

Ignatius: 'Pay Blood Money In Pakistan'
In the case of CIA contractor Raymond Davis, who is being held in Pakistan after shooting two Pakistani men in January, there are two versions of the story. According to American officials, Davis thought the men following him were thieves, but according to an unnamed official from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, Davis knew the men he shot. While the details of the murders are unclear, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius sees a simple way for both sides to resolve the issue quietly: use a Muslim ritual called "blood money." Neal Conan talks with Ignatius about the tradition and how it could be used to settle the Davis case out of court.