Ron Elving, NPR's senior Washington editor, will make a guest appearance as our political junkie this week. There's lots to talk about, including former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's plans to write a book exposing the dark side of politics. We'll also focus on the latest dust-up in the battle for leadership of the Republican Party, and listen to an excerpt of a speech given by Rush Limbaugh at last weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference. At the end of the hour, Dana Milbank, national political columnist for the Washington Post, will talk about the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing this morning to discuss the organization of a "truth commission" to investigate the use of torture, illegal wiretapping, and other alleged abuses of power during the Bush administration.
By now, you've probably heard about the recent shooting of a chimpanzee that attacked a friend of its owner. The tragic incident has since raised questions about domesticating exotic animals. In our second hour, we're going to talk with Jane Goodall, the pioneering chimpanzee researcher, about whether or not primates and other exotic animals, such as cougars or snakes, can be responsibly kept as pets. If you are the owner of an exotic animal, we want to hear from you. What has your experience been like? Then at the end of the hour, we'll talk about the details of a new Home Affordability program that would allow millions of Americans to restructure or refinance their mortgages and help keep many from losing their homes.