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There've been three deadly school shootings in less than two weeks, but the only call for gun control fell flat on its face. Despite polls showing public support, is gun control politically dead? When it comes to protecting children, what should the top priorities be? Also, the UN urges North Korea not to test nuclear weapons, and two American astronomers win the Nobel Prize for their work confirming the birth of the universe. Diana Nyad guest hosts.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Vanessa Romo
Katie Cooper

Main Topic School Shootings Prompt Call for Gun Control

From September 27 through October 2, from Bailey, Colorado and Cazenovia, Wisconsin to an Amish schoolhouse in rural Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, separate school shooting incidents left several students and one principal dead. The tragedies have barely raised a response from beltway politicians, while the outrage over former Congressman Mark Foley’s obscene text messaging to junior pages has grown to a roar. With the November elections looming ahead, why have Democrats not seized the moment to call for tighter gun control?  Have we ceased to believe that gun control is not the answer to stopping violence, especially in our schools? Should we be looking to other countries, such as Australia and Canada, where there are both tight gun laws and low gun crime?

Guests:
Michael Gawenda, Washington Correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald
Katie True, Republican State House Representative in Pennsylvania
Doug Schoen, Democratic strategist Fox News contributor
Warlene Gary, CEO of the National Parent Teacher Association

Reporter's Notebook Americans' Nobel in Physics Is Big Boost for Big Bang Theory

Nobel Prizes for Chemistry, Medicine and Physics were awarded this week. The Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to two astronomers whose work confirms the origin of the universe 14 billion years ago.  George Smoot of UC Berkeley and John Mather of NASA worked with a team of some thousand scientists to uncover new evidence supporting the Big Bang theory.

Guests:
Dennis Overbye, New York Times

Making News UN Urges North Koreans Not to Test Nuclear Weapon

The United Nations Security Council issued a unanimous statement today, urging North Korea not to go forward with its nuclear test this weekend.

Guests:
Evelyn Leopold, Contributor, Huffington Post

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