August 16th: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the economic crisis in Europe, and Penn Jillette, author of God, No!, talks about atheism, libertarianism and magic. In the second hour, reality TV's effect on teen pregnancy, and TOTN's summer movie festival continues with the best body switch movies.
NPR logo August 16th: What's On Today's Show

August 16th: What's On Today's Show

The MTV programs Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant have been wildly popular. But some critics are concerned that reality shows about young mothers glamorize teen parenthood. hide caption

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German chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy meet in Paris Tuesday to discuss solutions to the economic crisis in Europe, as we learn that economic growth on the continent has all but ground to a halt. Host Neal Conan talks with New York Times Paris bureau chief Steven Erlanger about the current crisis and how much Europe's wealthier nations can do to help their troubled neighbors. He's also joined by Time magazine assistant managing editor Rana Foroohar to discuss whether Europe's economy can remain unified under the Euro.

God, No
Even if you believe in God, you might still be atheist. So argues Penn Jillette in his new book, God, No! Signs You May Already Be An Atheist and Other Magical Tales. The louder half of the magic duo Penn and Teller frames his new book as the atheist's Ten Commandments, but he wanders along the way: from rants about the war on drugs to stories of eating shellfish and bacon cheeseburgers with Hasidic Jews. Jillette joins host Neal Conan to discuss why he prefers atheism to agnosticism and why David Blaine needs to lighten up.

Teen Pregnancy
The national rates of teen pregnancy have declined in recent years. And the perception of teen pregnancy has changed as shows like MTV's 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom take the realities of teen pregnancy to the TV screen. Host Neal Conan talks with Lauren Dolgen, the creator of the two MTV reality series, about the media's perception and illustration of teen pregnancy. Sarah Brown, CEO for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, explains how reality TV shows have affected teens and their decisions about sexual behavior.

Summer Movies: Body Switching
Next up in our Summer Movies Series — the body switch movie — from Freaky Friday to Heaven Can Wait, Hollywood has moved men to women, women to men, twin to twin and old to young in a familiar trope. This week we'll talk about how the swap happens — and ask you, what's your favorite body switch movie?