Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004
Heavy Petting: When Pets Replace Kids in Parental Affection
Emily Yoffe examines the plight of adults whose empty-nest parents "adopt" dogs, and then treat the animals better than they treat their children and grandchildren. Listen to the segment.
Summary Judgment: Holiday Film Releases
Writer Mark Jordan Legan brings listeners the first of two round-ups of the buzz on film releases for the holiday weekend. This edition of Summary Judgment looks at the films The Phantom of the Opera, Hotel Rwanda, and Meet the Fockers. Listen to the segment.
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004
Jurisprudence: Nativity Scenes Spark Not-So-Jolly Suits
Public holiday displays are prompting some not-so-merry legal disputes. NPR's Alex Chadwick and Dahlia Lithwick discuss the tinsel-draped wall between church and state. Listen to the segment.
Readme: Washington Post Co. to Buy Slate
The Washington Post Company is buying Slate, which is also an editorial content partner with NPR's Day to Day. NPR's Alex Chadwick says the news will not affect what you hear on the program. Listen to the segment.
Monday, Dec. 20, 2004
Ballot Box: Bush on Iraq Failures, Rumsfeld Critics
Alex talks with Chris Suellentrop about President Bush's year-end press conference Wednesday. The president fielded questions on everything from the ongoing challenges in Iraq to plans to overhaul Social Security and renewed calls for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign. Listen to the segment.