Kresta in the Afternoon – January 28, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Saddam, George Piro, and the confessions of a dictator

    Last night, after a weekend of hyping the program, 60 Minutes aired an in-depth interview with George Piro, the FBI agent assigned to interrogate Saddam Hussein after his capture. The interview revealed that Saddam says he pretended to have weapons of mass destruction in order to prevent an Iranian invasion. But our guest says 60 Minutes had already been scooped - by him! Ron Kessler interviewed Piro for his book, The Terrorist Watch, and got the full story of Saddam’s confessions - and even more that 60 Minutes didn’t get. Ron Kessler is with us.

    Second Topic – School Choice: The Findings

    As we kick off Catholic Schools Week, we take look at School Choice: The Findings. Herb Walberg has the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey available summarizing the research on charter schools, vouchers, and public versus private school effectiveness. The findings go beyond academic achievement, covering students' civic engagement, cost comparisons across school types, and public and parental opinion about schools and school choice. We look at the results.

    Third Topic – Where does abortion fit in the new religious left?

    In his latest book, Jim Wallis asks what it will take to solve the biggest issues of our time: extreme and needless poverty, global warming and environmental degradation, terrorism and the endless cycle of violence, racism, human trafficking, health care and education. But where does Wallis, a long-time leader of the religious left, place abortion, embryonic stem cell research and traditional marriage? Wallis also reminds us that religious faith was a driving force behind our greatest national reforms, such as the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement. He says the time is ripe for another movement that will transform this country. We ask him about it.

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