March 28th Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, Obama's upcoming speech on Libya, and the opinion page on the violence between Hamas and Israel. In the second hour, the spirit of Japan, and was TARP a success?
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March 28th Show

Libyan rebels, waving the French and rebellion flags, raise brand new rocket propeled grenades they took from abandonned pro-government forces ammunitions stocks on March 27, 2011 in Ajdabiya. PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama On Libya: What To Expect
President Barack Obama will address the nation tonight, nine days after the military campaign in Libya began, to explain the rationale for — and the goals of — military intervention. The president continues to face criticism from both the left and right on Capitol Hill over what is now a NATO-lead mission. NPR Senior Washington editor Ron Elving will explain the various critiques from Congress. On top of the political fights in Washington, the president also has to deal with a fragile NATO alliance, ongoing U.S. commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan and relations and rivalries with other Muslim countries. Veteran military correspondent Tom Ricks and former Ambassador Edward Djerejian will join host Neal Conan to discuss what's at stake in Libya.

The Opinion Page
Israeli warplanes attacked targets in Gaza last week, a day after the first deadly suicide attack in four years struck Jerusalem. But as revolutions rise throughout the Arab world, Woodrow Wilson Center scholar Aaron David Miller argues that the Palestinian issue has moved to the back burner. He writes in Foreign Policy, "it's going to take something truly big — either nasty or spectacular — to put the Palestinian issue back on center stage." On today's Opinion Page, host Neal Conan talks with Miller about the Arab revolutions, the increased violence between Hamas and Israel, and what this means for the Israeli-Palestinian standoff.

The Spirit Of Japan
The ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant will certainly go down as one of the more trying moments in Japan's history. It is just one of many major disasters Japan has experienced over the last century — including nuclear attacks, earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons. Cases of great tragedy and trauma have been a driving creative force behind much of Japans' classic and modern literature — writing that reveals insights into the country's people and character. Host Neal Conan speaks with Japanese literature scholar Donald Keene of Columbia University and Japanese American poet Kimiko Hahn, distinguished professor of English at Queens College of The City University of New York about the literature of Japan and what Americans should read to understand the country better during this time of crisis.

Was TARP A Success?
The 2008 government bailouts of banks, car makers and other companies in the depths of the recession remain deeply unpopular. But in an op-ed that ran in Newsweek and the Washington Post, columnist Robert Samuelson argues that the Troubled Assets Relief Program — or TARP — has proved a success story. He says that the government turned a profit on its investment in banks and that total cost of TARP, once projected at $356 billion, now stands at around $19 billion — and could go lower. Neal Conan talks with Samuelson about why he believes TARP and the bailouts were a success.