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Wall Street is cutting its losses after another steep sell-off. There are mixed messages about the state of the economy.  What does China's stock market have to do with it?  Also, Pastor Ted Haggard has renewed a long-running controversy with implications for religion and politics.  Is homosexuality a treatable condition?  Is it nurture or nature?

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper

Main Topic Homosexuality: Nurture or Nature? 27 MIN, 17 SEC

Homosexuality is an issue in churches, state legislatures and even presidential elections--especially with anti-gay Christian conservatives in the Republican Party. Last year, Pastor Ted Haggard was fired from the 14,000-member New Life Church for admitting a three-year relationship with a male prostitute. Now, Haggard says, three weeks of intensive therapy have him on what he calls "the road to recovery."  One friend says Haggard is "completely heterosexual." Such claims raise a lot of questions.  We discuss a personal and scientific question with political implications.

Guests:
Peterson Toscano, Former Evangelical Christian Minister
Richard Wyler, Founder of People Can Change
Jack Drescher, Psychiatrist
Richard Cizik, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good

Making News Stock Market Sell-Off, Easing Up or Just Beginning? 22 MIN

After yesterday's partial recovery, international financial markets dropped again today, but not as drastically as they did on Tuesday. Today, the Down Jones Industrial Average dropped 200 points in the first minutes of trading. Since then, it and other indexes have been creeping back up. In the US--the world's largest economy--various measures sent mixed messages as analysts tried to figure out what's going on. Is there a slowing economy or just a bump in the road?

Guests:
Will Andrews, Investing Editor for BusinessWeek.com
Peter Navarro, University of California, Irvine
Caroline Baum, Columnist, Bloomberg News

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