April 28th Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation: storms batter the southern U.S., and the toll of human trafficking. In the second hour, life after prostitution, and why some skeptics continue to question Obama's birth certificate.
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April 28th Show

Billionaire Donald Trump laughs while speaking to a crowd at the 2011 Palm Beach County Tax Day Tea Party on April 16, 2011 at Sanborn Square in Boca Raton, Florida. Trump has raised questions about President Obama's citizenship, and promised to investigate. John W. Adkisson/Getty Images hide caption

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Storms Batter The South
Entire towns are gone and at least 200 people are dead after dozens of tornadoes battered parts of the southern U.S. yesterday. Nearly two-thirds of the confirmed deaths occurred in Alabama in what is the deadliest outbreak of severe storms in nearly forty years. Rescue and recovery teams continue to search for survivors, and in Alabama the governor has called out the National Guard. The latest storms come just days after powerful storms flooded many midwest states and tornadoes struck the east. Host Neal Conan talks about the devastating storms and what towns and cities are doing to recover.

The Toll Of Human Trafficking
In a three-part series, NPR correspondent Jacki Lyden took to the streets of Nashville, Tennessee for an inside look at the gritty world of prostitution and those struggling to get off the streets. While the struggles of crack-addicted street walkers would appear to be as difficult as it gets, many prostitutes face an even greater challenge — they were forced into prostitution and are controlled by human traffickers. Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. State Department, examines the problem of human trafficking in the United States.

Life After Prostitution
Nashville, Tennessee sees over 1,000 arrests a year for prostitution and solicitation. And for some women, the arrest is the best thing that could happen. Nashville features a unique system of community programs to help prostitutes get off the streets, including Magdalene House. The private residential rehab center was created to help fight the cycle of prostitution and drug abuse. Host Neal Conan speaks with NPR's Jacki Lyden, who spent weeks in Tennessee with the women of Magdalene, and with founder Becca Stevens and Sheila Simpkins, who graduated from the Magdalene program.

Some Skeptics Still Question Obama Birth Certificate
A day after the president released his long-form birth certificate and called the conspiracy theories "silliness," some skeptics aren't satisfied, and question the authenticity of the latest document. Ronald Lindsay, president of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, says that's because people's emotions often shape their reasoning. When facts debunk personal beliefs, he argues, most people find "some way to minimize the significance of those facts." Lindsay joins host Neal Conan to discuss why some continue to believe the president was born outside the United States. And NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik will discuss whether the media plays a role in perpetuating the story.