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The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing has been charged with using weapons of mass destruction, a charge which can carry the death penalty. We hear about his condition and how he's being treated by federal authorities. Did the FBI fail to follow up on what it knew about his radicalized older brother? What's the impact on American Muslims, now and in the future? Also, the history of Earth Day.

Banner image: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (L), who has been charged by the FBI for "using a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property," is seen with his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev (now deceased), in the crowd at the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013. Photo courtesy FBI

Making News Boston Marathon Suspect Questioned, Unable to Speak 7 MIN, 43 SEC

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lies in a hospital room with a breathing tube down his throat. But today he was charged with federal crimes that could make him eligible for the death penalty. Beth Daley reports for the Boston Globe.

Beth Daley, Boston Globe (@GlobeBethDaley)

Main Topic Prosecuting the Boston Bombing Suspect 35 MIN, 35 SEC

Lying in a hospital bed, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged today with using weapons of mass destruction in last week's Boston Marathon bombing. Some politicians have demanded that he not be tried in federal court but that he be designated an enemy combat, which would deprive him of his rights as an American citizen. At the White House today, spokesman Jay Carney announced, "He will not be prosecuted as an enemy combatant. We prosecute this terrorist through our civil system of justice under US law" in federal criminal court. There's still debate about that, and about whether the FBI "dropped the ball" when Russia asked about Tamerlan, Tsarnaev's now-deceased older brother. We update those controversies and hear what's at stake for American Muslims.

Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic (@CBSAndrew)
Kevin Williamson, National Review (@KevinNR)
William Braniff, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (@BraniffBill)
Hedieh Mirahmadi, World Organization for Resource Development and Education (@WORDEorg)

Reporter's Notebook The History of Earth Day 7 MIN, 14 SEC

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. It was marked by more than twelve thousand events across the country with more than 35,000 speakers, including some two-thirds of the members of Congress. Millions participated. A remarkable success, it led to the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Clean Water Act of 1972, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Adam Rome is Assistant Professor of Environmental History at the University of Delaware and author of The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation.

Adam Rome, University of Delaware

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