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The allegations of NCAA rule violations at the University of Miami are only the latest in a string of high-profile college football scandals. In today's first hour, we'll talk with the Yahoo! News reporter who broke the latest scandal and talk about what, if anything, can be done to reduce further violations. (Mad House Photography)

August 30th: What's On Today's Show

by Gwen Outen
Aug 30, 2011

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Football Scandals
College football seasons starts this weekend under the cloud of scandal. A former booster at the University of Miami says he showered players with lavish gifts in a scandal that NCAA president Mark Emmert called "nothing short of shocking." In the past 18 months, football teams at Southern California, Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and others have either been investigated or sanctioned by the NCAA. Host Neal Conan talks with Charles Robinson, sports investigative reporter for Yahoo! Sports who broke the story about Miami's booster scandal. And former NFL agent, Josh Luchs, shares his perspective as a someone who was directly involved with providing benefits to college athletes.

Extreme Cancer Surgery
As more doctors turn to an aggressive treatment for certain forms of cancer, Dr. Barron Lerner warns that when it comes to cancer treatments, more isn't always better. When other treatments fail, Dr. Lerner explains, cancer patients and their doctors can feel tremendous pressure to act — to fight back — even if the risks outweigh the benefits. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Dr. Lerner argues that this aggressive cancer treatment "is the latest in a long list of very toxic treatments used by well-meaning cancer doctors who have confused doing more for patients with doing what is best for them." Dr. Lerner joins host Neal Conan to talk about why doctors "should remember not to conflate our efforts with our achievements."

'What It Is Like To Go To War'
As a Marine during the Vietnam War, Karl Marlantes learned to fire an M-16, to command a platoon, to fight and to kill. In his new book, What It Is Like to Go to War, he writes that though the Marine Corps trained him to kill, "it didn't teach me how to deal with killing." Marlantes has spent the four decades since his time in Vietnam reading, reflecting and writing a memoir that has helped him come to terms with the experience of combat. Marlantes joins host Neal Conan to talk about his experience in combat — the guilt, regret and shame, but also the eerie thrill of it all, the challenges of coming home, and the ways to better prepare combat troops for war.

Summer Movie Series: Liz Taylor
The Talk of the Nation Summer Movies festival ends with a REAL star — Elizabeth Taylor died this year, and we're devoting ourselves to the girl with the violet eyes. From child star to Oscar-winning actress — what's your favorite Liz Taylor film? Murray Horwitz joins host Neal Conan to share his nominee.

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