First Topic – Disney’s “Oceans”
Disneynature’s debut film, Earth, was a 90-minute sifting of “Planet Earth,” the BBC’s massive documentary miniseries about life on Earth. Fans of “Planet Earth” and its marine companion series “Blue Planet” might wonder whether Disneynature’s new film Oceans was likewise distilled from the latter series. It’s not. Wider in scope and subject matter, this new film is no less breathtakingly up-close and personal with its subjects. Nature docs thrive on firsts, and Oceans has some eye-poppers. Steven Greydanus has the review.
Second Topic– High court rules cross doesn't violate separation of church and state
The Supreme Court narrowly ruled today that a white cross, erected as a war memorial and sitting on national parkland in the Mojave Desert, does not violate the constitutional separation of church and state. The 5-4 majority said Congress acted properly when it tried to transfer land around the Mojave Memorial Cross to veterans groups, an effort to eliminate any Establishment Clause violation. The land then would have been declared a national memorial. A federal appeals panel had previously blocked that land swap. Attorney Charles LiMandri is here to discuss this ruling.
Third Topic – 50 Years After “The Pill”
An end to poverty. A cure for divorce. The elimination of unwed pregnancy. Fifty years ago next month, when the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would approve the oral contraceptive, these were the highest expectations for it. Janet Smith is here to look at the “Pill” – 50 years later. She says that the science is unequivocal. Fifty years after FDA approval, chemical contraception is bad for women, couples, society and the environment.