October 3rd: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, a look at accusations about Pakistan's Intelligence agency, and the opinion page considers the legality of the drone attack that killed Anwar al-Awlaki. In the second hour, the reality of life after prostate cancer surgery, and drug violence along the US-Mexico border.
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Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites in November, 2010.

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The Troubled Relationship Between Pakistan And The US
Last month, Michael Mullen, then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, bluntly and publicly blasted Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups that send men across the border to kill Americans in Afghanistan. He told a Senate committee that the Haqqani insurgent network acts as a "veritable arm" of Pakistan's intelligence organization, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI. Admiral Mullen's comments sparked a furious debate about the involvement of Pakistan's intelligence agency in global terrorism, and the future relationship between Pakistan and the United States. Host Neal Conan speaks with journalist Ahmed Rashid about the ISI, its alleged involvement with terror groups and its interests in Afghanistan. He also speaks with Ayesha Sidiqqa, a Pakistani defense analyst and Malhia Lodhi, Pakistan's former ambassador to the United States, about how Pakistan is responding and the future of US-Pakistani relations.

Opinion Page: Killing Al-Awlaki
On Friday, an American drone flying over Yemen fired a missile that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a senior official of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and a U.S. citizen. Many hailed the elimination of a man implicated in several plots to attack the United States, arguing that we are at war with al-Qaida and an attack to kill an enemy commander is entirely justified. Others wonder how the President of the United States can put any American citizen on a death list on the basis of secret intelligence, with no opportunity to challenge the evidence, and no judicial review. Host Neal Conan reads from a number of opinion pieces and takes calls on the legality and wisdom of the drone attack that killed Anwar al-Awlaki.

The Truth About Prostate Cancer Recovery
For years, men facing surgery for prostate cancer were often reassured by their doctors that more than 90% of patients make a full recovery, with few if any side effects. As many men learned the hard way, it's not true. A recent study shows that among men who reported good sex lives before treatment, fewer than half said they were able to achieve normal erections two years after surgery. The study, which ran in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that treatment for prostate cancer often results in far more difficult side effects than many men realized, and that doctors may not be having honest conversations with their patients. Host Neal Conan talks with Tara Parker-Pope, the editor of The New York Times's Well blog, about the latest, more realistic view of a man's recovery after prostate cancer treatment. He also talks with Dr. Jason Engel, the Director of Urologic Robotic Surgery at George Washington University Hospital, about the conversation surgeons may or may not be having with their patients before treatment.

Mexico's Drug Wars
With some 3000 murders a year, Ciudad Juarez is considered the murder capital of Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents face a constant battle against the drug running and violence from Mexican drug cartels. Few U.S. journalists venture regularly into this violence-plagued region, but TV journalist Angela Kocherga and her cameraman Hugo Perez cross the border and cover this story every week. Kocherga joins host Neal Conan to talk about what she sees and learns while reporting on the drug violence along the U.S-Mexico border.