Has The Catholic Church Changed?
Ten years ago this month, the Boston Globe broke the story of ongoing sex abuse occurring within the Boston diocese of the Catholic church. The Globe reported on a number of priests accused of molestation and abuse, and how the Church continually covered up the complaints, rarely pressing charges against the priests for their actions. Since the story broke, hundreds of victims of abuse have come out and pressed charges against the church. Similar scandals have arisen in other dioceses, raising questions about what changes the Catholic church has made over the past decade and whether they are any better in dealing with abuse charges. Host Neal Conan speaks with Boston Globe reporter Michael Rezendes, who was part of the reporting team that broke the story in 2002. Neal also speaks with Suzin Bartley, executive director of the Children's Trust Fund, who worked with the Catholic church's Oversight and Implementation Committee, and Mitchell Garabedian, an attorney who represents several victims of sex abuse within the Catholic church.
California is the only state in the country to pass a law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent costly damage from climate change. Naomi Oreskes, professor of history and science studies at University of California in San Diego, thinks the verdict is in on climate change, and the rest of the nation should follow California's lead. Host Neal Conan talk to Naomi Oreskes about her op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times that compares climate change efforts with the case of U.S. tobacco use.
In December of 2010, eight squatters died in a a New Orleans warehouse fire. The victims did not consider themselves homeless. The squatters were part of a tribe of disaffected transients who ride the rails and scrounge for food. Journalist Danelle Morton gained access to this community through an unlikely source — her daughter, Marissa. She published her experiences in the Boston Review. Neal Conan talks with Danelle Morton about what it's like to have a runaway daughter, and National Runaway Switchboard Executive Director Maureen Blaha about resources for parents of young runaways.
Turkey's image in the Arab world has drastically improved in recent years, and many states that ousted leaders during the Arab Spring now look to Turkey as an example of what works. The country has seen a robust economy and a growing middle class under the leadership of Sunni Muslim prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Early on in his presidency, Barack Obama paid special attention to Turkey and has worked to cultivate a personal relationship with Erdogan. In a recent column, Washington Post deputy editorial page editor Jackson Diehl argues that while Turkey is not an ideal ally for the U.S., Obama's diplomatic approach in that country "may stand as one of his best accomplishments." Host Neal Conan talks with Diehl about the government model in Turkey that he foresees as the new normal in the Middle East.