May 23rd Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, reporting the Arab Spring, and drawing the line between sex, power and consent. In the second hour, PBS host Bill Moyers, and cleaning up after a tornado.
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May 23rd Show

Former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn appears in State Supreme Court for a bail hearing on May 19, 2011 in New York City. In our first hour, we'll hear opinions about the line drawn between sex, power and consent. Richard Drew-Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Reporting The Arab Spring
As protest, revolution and civil war swept North Africa and the Middle East, NPR foreign correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro and NPR senior producer JJ Sutherland traveled the streets of Cairo, Tripoli and Benghazi to report the story. Covering the Arab Spring has proven to be an important, though dangerous, assignment for many journalists. Several reporters have been captured, and later released and at least four have been killed. Host Neal Conan speaks with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro and JJ Sutherland about the events of the Arab Spring and their experiences covering the story.

Sex, Power and Consent
Two very different cases involving powerful men raise questions about sex, power and consent. Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted to infidelity, while former-IMF Managing Director Dominique Stratuss-Kahn stands accused of a crime. But both stories focus attention on the line between power and consent in sexual relationships. On today's Opinion Page, host Neal Conan will review the range of opinion about how power imbalance affects the meaning of consent.

Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers returned to PBS in 2007, 35 years after "Bill Moyers Journal" first aired on public television. The weekly show drew a loyal audience to Moyers' coverage of politics, public controversy and the arts. His first interview after returning to TV was with Jon Stewart, the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and a man determined to parody the very industry Moyers was returning to. In his new book, Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues, the long-time PBS host and former aide to president Lyndon Johnson shares memorable interviews, from David Simon to Jane Goodall to Maxine Hong Kingston. Host Neal Conan speaks with Bill Moyers about his career, the new book and the future of public journalism.

Tornado Cleanup
Rescue teams continue to search for survivors after a massive tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri on Sunday. The twister killed at least 89 people as it tore a half-mile wide path six miles long through the center of the city. Main roadways and interstates were shut down, and the roof was torn off the main hospital. The destruction in Joplin marks the second deadly outbreak of tornadoes in less than a month and begins a long process of recovery and rebuilding for the town. Host Neal Conan talks with members of several communities hit hard by previous tornadoes about the lessons they learned after disaster struck.

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