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One man saw combat, one man didn't. Three decades after the fact, the Vietnam War records of presidential candidates George Bush and John Kerry are under scrutiny and attack as never before. Why is this an issue now? How do Americans decide who they trust as commander-in-chief? What effect will all the ads and mudslinging about privilege and service have on voters when they go to the polls in November? Guest host Sara Terry discusses how the 30 year-old war records are shaping political debate today with historians, experts in communications and journalists from the Left and Right.
  • Making News: President Putin Cites Security in Move to Increase Power
    After a string of terrorist attacks left Russians feeling vulnerable, President Vladimir Putin today announced a series of security measures aimed at strengthening the Kremlin's hold on power. The move has prompted renewed speculation about the deterioration of democracy in that country. Konstantin Eggert, editor-in-chief of the BBC's Russian Service in Moscow, details the changes and Putin's rational in applying them.
  • Reporter's Notebook: The Golden Age of Solar Science?
    It was a dark day when NASA's Genesis crash landed last week in the Utah desert. The space capsule contained precious cargo, painstakingly collected over the past three years. Now, scientists believe that some of the solar wind particles may be retrievable. Peter Spotts, who's following the story for the Christian Science Monitor, says that could yield a treasure trove of information in what's been called a golden age of solar science.
Guest host Sara Terry is an award-winning writer and photographer, who has written for the Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Fast Company, Rolling Stone and the Boston Globe. Her photo-documentary project, Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace, will be published in September, 2005.

BBC article on Putin's overhaul of power in Russia

Bush campaign

Kerry campaign

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth

Texas Veterans for Truth

Tomasky's article on why the Democrats always get outfoxed

York's article on Bush, Texas National Guard

NASA news release on scientists encouragement despite Genesis' crash landing

Genesis Mission

Spotts' article on possibility of retrieving useful scientific samples after Genesis crash landing

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