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White House Walking Back On KSM Trial?

Advisers to President Obama are reportedly close to recommending that self-proclaimed 9-11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed be prosecuted in a military tribunal, not the criminal trial that Attorney General Eric Holder has proposed. Under pressure the administration has already backed away from trying "KSM," as he's known, in court in New York City. If Obama decides to try him in a military court, the American Civil Liberties Union says it will be a "death blow" to the Obama Justice Department. We speak with Anne Kornblut, White House correspondent for the Washington Post.

The Dollmaker

The doll that Masha Leon made for Helen Panopalis when they were children, and a photo of Masha and Helen in the 1990s
The doll that Masha Leon made for Helen Panopalis when they were children, and a photo of Masha and Helen in the 1990s

What's Wrong With New York?

The governor is facing two criminal inquiries, including improper conduct in a case of alleged domestic violence involving an aide. Congressman Charlie Rangel is under an ethics investigation. And a state senator was recently expelled after being convicted of assaulting his girlfriend. We speak with Michael Tomasky, long-time reporter on New York politics. He's also American editor-at-large for The Guardian, and editor of the Washington-based journal, "Democracy."

Fired Teachers Could Get Jobs Back

The teachers at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island who were fired last week could have a chance at getting their jobs back. The school superintendent, Fran Gallo, said she is willing to re-open talks with teachers after the union agreed to meet many of her demands, including longer school days, more rigorous teacher evaluations, and summer training programs. We hear from Central Falls High guidance counselor, George McLaughlin, about his hopes for getting his job back.

Poets For Haiti

Haitian-American writer Patrick Sylvain (photo: Michelle DeBakey)
Haitian-American writer Patrick Sylvain (photo: Michelle DeBakey)

Music From The Show

Beastie Boys, "Groove Holmes"
Squarepusher, "My Sound"
Tristeza, "Golden Hill"
Stanton Moore Trio, "Super Strength"
Broken Social, "Guilty Cubicles"
The Walkmen, "We've Been Had"

This program aired on March 5, 2010.

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