March 14th: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie recaps the week in politics, and the fate of medical students on 'Match Day'. In the second hour, the day animals escaped in Zanesville Ohio, and efforts to end violence in Syria.
NPR logo March 14th: What's On Today's Show

March 14th: What's On Today's Show

Boston University medical students Miriam Shiferaw, left, and Nawal Momani, right, check letters together to find out where they have been accepted for their residency during the Match Day at BU Medical School in Boston, Thursday, March, 15, 2007. We'll talk today about the pressure and drama of match day. Chitose Suzuki/AP hide caption

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The Political Junkie
Rick Santorum swept the Mississippi and Alabama primaries on Tuesday, leaving Mitt Romney a distant third. They are two southern states that Newt Gingrich desperately needed to win. While Gingrich maintains he'll carry on, third place finisher Mitt Romney faces renewed doubts about his ability to win over conservative Republicans. Neal Conan and Political Junkie Ken Rudin will recap yesterday's results, plus the rest of the week in politics from the drop in President Barack Obama's approval ratings to voter ID laws stopped in both Texas and Wisconsin. Ken and Neal will also speak with Curtis Ellis of the Campaign for Primary Accountability. His group is funding primary campaigns against long-term incumbents of both parties.

Tell Us About Your Match Day
For many fourth-year medical students, the future arrives enclosed in an envelope during the third week of March. It's known as Match Day, when med students find out where they'll spend their coming years in residency. It's a nerve-wracking wait for many that's played out on med school campuses since 1952. Host Neal Conan talks to Dr. Atul Gawande of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, who also teaches at Harvard Medical School, about the drama and pressure of match day.

The Day The Animals Escaped In Zanesville
Last October, Terry Thompson opened the cages of dozens of wild animals on his farm in Ohio — lions, bears, leopards, tigers, monkeys, and wolves — and then shot himself in the head. The nearby city of Zanesville was put on lockdown as police tracked and killed many of the escaped animals. In this month's Esquire Magazine, writer Chris Jones describes those harrowing hours as darkness crept in over Zanesville and deadly animals lurked on the streets. After the shootings, officials faced public outcry over the deaths of so many animals. Wildlife expert Jack Hanna supported and defended the decision to kill and has begun an effort to change the exotic animal laws in Ohio and other states. Host Neal Conan talks to Chris Jones and Jack Hanna about what happened in Zanesville and the risks of people keeping exotic animals.

Efforts To End The Violence In Syria
The United Nations estimates that over 7,500 civilians have died in Syria as President Bashar Assad and his opposition continue to crackdown on rebels in cities across the country. UN envoy Kofi Annan met with President Assad in Syria this week in an attempt to agree on a cease fire, but both sides refused to talk. The UN Security Council is now drafting another resolution to support the Arab League request to have Assad step down from power. Russia and China blocked the last measure. Host Neal Conan speaks with NPR Correspondents Kelly McEvers and Peter Kenyon about the latest developments in Syria, how the international community is responding, and the role Turkey is playing in the ongoing crisis.