April 25th Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, what's included in the Guantanamo documents, and the opinion page examines advanced placement classes. In the second hour, retired Marine and military historian Jim Lacey talks about his book, The First Clash.
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April 25th Show

A detainee inside the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in September, 2010. The whistleblower web site Wikileaks received hundreds of leaked military documents from the detention camp, detailing new information about many of the detainees held there. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Gitmo Docs
Reporting from over 700 classified military documents by the New York Times and NPR has provided detailed information about the men who have served and are serving time at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The documents include risk assessments of prisoners written between February 2002 and January 2009. Host Neal Conan is joined by NPR's counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston and New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane to talk about what they've learned from the documents.

Opinon Page
High school students take advanced placement classes to prepare for the rigors of college coursework. Yet in some school systems, students who aren't prepared to do the work for the higher level classes are being placed in AP to improve minority enrollment in the program. Although students with low marks on basic reading and writing skills made repeated requests for transfers, in an op-ed for The Boston Globe, Junia Yearwood, a retired Boston Public Schools teacher says, "the dragooning of students into my AP course persisted." Neal Conan talks with Yearwood on this week's Opinion Page.

The First Clash
2,500 years ago, during the first Persian invasion of Greece, 10,000 Greek soldiers defeated a much larger Persian army at the battle of Marathon. In his new book, The First Clash, retired Marine and military historian Jim Lacey argues that this victory had a profound impact on Western civilization, providing the foundation for the the ideas of democracy, freedom and open markets that continue today. The battle also established a pattern of East-West conflict that he says continues to rage in our current wars. Host Neal Conan talks with Marine Corps War College professor Lacey about his new book and his recent trip to Afghanistan.