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There are more 250,000 child soldiers around the world and they've fought in half of the globe's 55 ongoing, or just finished, wars. What impact will legal efforts have on punishing those who recruit children for killing? How does rehabilitation help children who leave the front lines? We hear from a former girl soldier, who was abducted and forced to fight in northern Uganda. Also, a shake-up at the Joint Chiefs and, on Reporter’s Notebook, segregated at Starbucks and everywhere else, too.  A female reporter shares her experience in Saudi Arabia.  Sara Terry guest hosts.

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Making News Pace Replaced as Joint Chiefs Chair in Pentagon Shake-Up 5 MIN, 44 SEC

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced today that General Peter Pace will step down in September as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff, along with Vice Chair Ed Giambastiani.  Stating that the decision had nothing to do with the performance of either man, Gates said he will recommend Admiral Mike Mullen, currently chief of naval operations, to replace him.  Greg Lubold reports on the Pentagon for the Christian Science Monitor.

Gordon Lubold, Wall Street Journal (@glubold)

Main Topic Child Soldiers 34 MIN, 49 SEC

Baby brigades, little bees, small boys units…the names may change, but the reality doesn't. More than a quarter of a million children around the world are fighting adults' wars, serving in rebel militias, national armies, and paramilitary groups.  At The Hague this week, where the trial began for the former president of Liberia, one of charges facing Charles Taylor is solicitation of child soldiers. Why does the US give military aid to countries that use child soldiers? What impact will recent trials have on punishing children in arms or the adults who recruit them? What price do the children pay?  What kind of rehabilitation is possible for children who have killed?

Grace Akallo, former child soldier
Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch
David Crane, Syracuse University College of Law
Mike Wessells, Senior Adivsor on Child Protection for the Christian Children's Fund

Reporter's Notebook Saudi Arabia through the Eyes of One Western Woman 7 MIN, 14 SEC

Megan Stack thought she knew what she was in for when she made her first trip to Saudi Arabia nearly four years ago. Aware of the restricted world in which women lived, the Los Angeles Times reporter came prepared to be respectful of a foreign culture. What she didn't anticipate, however, was the way her experiences there made her feel. She chronicled those experiences this week in an article called "In Saudi Arabia, A View from Behind the Veil."

Megan Stack, Reporter for the Los Angeles Times

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