September 22nd: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', and Meghan O'Sullivan explains why she believes U.S. troops should stay in Iraq. In the second hour, the science and religious divide over Adam and Eve, and writing about the experience of war.
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September 22nd: What's On Today's Show

A 15th century engraving of Adam and Eve by Albrecht Durer. Disagreement between Christian evangelicals and some Christian scholars about human origins is creating tension within the Christian faith. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The End Of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
With the end of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy on Tuesday, openly gay men and women began to apply for service, or reinstatement. Those already in uniform could, for the first time, choose to speak openly without fear of being discharged. In the 18 year history of the policy, at least 11,000 service members, and likely many more, were discharged and more than 66,000 served in silence. GQ Correspondent, Chris Heath, interviewed dozens of gay servicemen and compiled their stories and experiences in his latest piece for the magazine. Host Neal Conan talks with Heath about his piece, Tell: An Intimate History of Gay Men in the Military. He also talks with Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, about what will change now that Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed.

Op-ed: Why U.S. Troops Must Stay In Iraq
After more than eight years of war, the U.S. faces a December 31 deadline to withdraw military forces from Iraq. The Obama administration continues talks to potentially leave behind a small number of troops, and many Americans argue that Iraq must stand entirely on its own. Meghan O'Sullivan, a former deputy national security adviser to President George W. Bush, cautions against both approaches. In a recent op-ed, she argues that the U.S. must maintain a strong fighting force in Iraq. Host Neal Conan talks with O'Sullivan about her Washington Post piece, "Why U.S. troops should stay in Iraq."

The Battle Over Adam And Eve
Four out of 10 Americans believe the Bible's account of creation — that God formed man out of dust and later created Eve from Adam's rib — according to polls by Gallup and the Pew Research Center. For many conservative Christians, the story of Adam and Eve is a central tenant of their faith. As science reveals more about genetic variation and the human genome, some Christian scholars argue that DNA evidence shows modern humans did not descend from Adam and Eve, and some worry that this could unravel the Christian faith. Host Neal Conan talks with NPR religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Daniel Harlow, a religion professor at Calvin College and Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, about the challenges of reconciling modern science and religious beliefs.

Helping Warriors Write About War
Tales of war and battle date back centuries. Many writers say that sharing their stories of war — the intense fighting, boredom, brutality and heroism — helps them confront the often conflicted emotions they carry. A new program hopes to help returning veterans begin that process. Host Neal Conan speaks to author and journalist Mark Bowden about the Missouri Warrior Writers Project, which helps veterans write their about their experience in combat in the form of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Bowden will judge a contest to pick three winners, which will appear in an anthology of work produced by veterans.