Stories from the Heart – January 25, 2010

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    Topic One - “Catholic” Feminist Icon Mary Healy Dies at Age 81

    Radical feminist Mary Daly, the iconoclastic theologian who proclaimed, ''I hate the Bible,'' and retired from Boston College rather than allow men to take her classes, has died. She was 81. Daly's tumultuous career at the Jesuit-run Boston College ended after three decades when she refused to open her classroom to men, believing women did not freely exchange ideas if men were present. Men, she said, ''have nothing to offer but doodoo.'' Daly described herself as a pagan, an eco-feminist and a radical feminist in a 1999 interview with The Guardian newspaper of London. Al looks at her life and impact.

    Topic Two – National security adviser: Airline bomber report will “shock” Americans

    White House national security adviser James Jones says Americans will feel "a certain shock" when they read an account being released today of the missed clues that could have prevented the alleged Christmas Day bomber from ever boarding the plane. President Obama "is legitimately and correctly alarmed that things that were available, bits of information that were available, patterns of behavior that were available, were not acted on," Jones said in an interview. We talk to counterterrorism expert Lorenzo Vidino about the impact of this report.


    Topic Three – Four-legged animals emerged earlier than thought: A Danger to Evolutionary Thought

    The water-dwelling ancestors of modern-day mammals, reptiles and birds emerged onto land millions of years earlier than previously believed, researchers reported recently. A set of fossilized footprints show that the first tetrapods — a term applied to any four-footed animal with a spine — were treading open ground 397 million years ago, well before scientists thought they existed. An expert unconnected with the research said the find would force experts to reconsider a critical period in evolution. Until now, scientists thought they had the evolution from fin to foot fairly well understood. Apparently not so. We talk to Dr. Fuzzale Rana, vice-president for science apologetics at Reasons To Believe.

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