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As Americans reel over the conspiracy to blow up US-bound planes, British authorities eontinue their investigation.  Also, a look at the condition the condition of Cuba's Fidel Castro.  (An expanded version of this program originally aired earlier today on To the Point.)

Producers:
Frances Anderton

Reporter's Notebook How Serious Is Castro's Condition? 13 MIN

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his friend Fidel Castro is in a "great battle for life," but that he's optimistic about a quick recovery.  Just what is Castro's condition?  Have the media done enough to find out?  What do we know about the man and his evolution into a dictator? Ann Louise Bardach, author of Cuba Confidential, has interviewed Fidel Castro twice and has just edited his letters from prison for Sunday's New York Times.

Guests:
Ann Louise Bardach, journalist and author

Main Topic Scotland Yard Releases Information on Foiled Terror Plot 15 MIN

Americans are still reeling over the conspiracy to blow up airliners leaving England for the United States. There’s still no word on when the coordinated bombings were scheduled to occur, but there is more information on who’s been arrested.  That’s because the Bank of England froze their assets and released some of their names.  They include a baker, toy-shop worker, biochemist, bookkeeper and second-car salesman.  Two or three were white Anglos who converted to Islam as adults.  We get an update, and hear about the Pakistani connection and the gaps in US intelligence capabilities.

Guests:
Thomas Sanderson, Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Hassan Abbas, Senior Advisor, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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