This Moment in Arizona
The shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others in Arizona holds a number of lessons for those who live in the state. It's a time of shock and sadness, and in the words of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, a time to do some "soul searching." Neal Conan talks with Arizonans about how to make sense of Saturday's tragedy.
Compassion in 12 Steps
From Confucius to Oprah, people have been preaching compassion for centuries — but many still haven't learned to put it into practice. We regularly hear new accounts of bullying in schools, rhetorical battles in Washington and violence in the U.S. and around the world. Religious historian Karen Armstrong argues religion, which should be a vocal advocate for compassion, is often part of the problem. She's now working to unite religious leaders from all faiths behind the common principle of compassion, based on The Golden Rule. In her new book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, Armstrong talks about her project, the Charter for Compassion, and offers concrete ways to add compassion in our everyday lives.
The Opinion Page
When he took office, President Barack Obama promised to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. But two years later, the president reluctantly signed a bill that will limit his ability to do just that — congress' latest authorization to fund the military contained language to prevent the administration from spending taxpayer money to transfer terrorist suspects at Guantanamo to the United States for trial. In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch argues that "even as he untangles George Bush's legacy, Obama must be careful not to leave a worse one." Malinowski joins Neal Conan on today's Opinion Page.