Syria: What's Next?
Today marks the deadline for an agreement between the United Nations and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to withdraw military troops from cities and enforce a cease fire. The six-point peace plan brokered by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, however, appears on the verge of collapse before ever implementing its first step. The White House announced today that there are "no signs yet" that President Assad has pulled back troops and stopped attacks on civilians that have continued for the past year. Yesterday, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the violence had spilled across the border when Syrian forces fired shots into a refugee camp on Turkish territory, escalating the conflict between the two countries to a "new stage" according to the Turkish government. Host Neal Conan speaks with Rami Khouri about what's to come for Syria and its neighbors. He also speaks with Nadim Houry, of Human Rights Watch, about the reports of human rights violations in Syria and how the international community should respond.
Our Fascination With The Titanic Lives On
One hundred years ago, today, the Titanic set sail from Southampton, in England to New York City. The rest of the story has been the subject of countless books, shows, films and other stories: About the thousands of people on board, the dramatic events of the final few hours and about the legend of the "unsinkable" ship that struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, and sank in the frigid Atlantic hours later. Host Neal Conan speaks with Bob Ballard, the explorer who discovered the Titanic wreckage, about why, a century on, we're still captivated by the Titanic.
Can Teachers Be Fired For Facebook Posts?
Several teachers around the nation have been disciplined, and even fired, in recent years after posting comments and photos online. A Philadelphia high school teacher was suspended in February after posting on her blog that students acted like "rude, disengaged, lazy whiners." A Georgia teacher was forced to resign in 2009 after a complaint over a Facebook photo that showed her drinking alcohol. In a piece in the Los Angeles Times, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley argues that these are legal private activities and that teachers shouldn't be subjected to the "transparent conditions of celebrities without any of the benefits." Host Neal Conan talks with Turley and with Elizabeth Meyer, education professor at California Polytechnic State University, who believes that teachers should be held to a higher standard in their online lives.
Ozzie Guillen Suspension
The Miami Marlins suspended manager Ozzie Guillen today for five games after he apparently told Time magazine that he loves Cuba's Fidel Castro and respects the retired leader for holding power so long. At a news conference in Miami, Guillen apologized and said his remarks were misinterpreted by the reporter. Miami's Cuban population erupted after the comments, and protesters have gathered outside Marlins Park calling for Guillen to be fired, calling him names and telling him to leave the country. Local politicians have called for his resignation. Neal Conan talks with Sergio Bustos of The Miami Herald about how Guillen's comments are playing out around various communities and whether or not his apology will ever satisfy those calling for his ouster.
Dan Savage Launches 'Savage U'
For years, columnist Dan Savage has made a career offering frank advice on relationships and sex. From his nationally-syndicated column, "Savage Love," to his "It Gets Better Campaign" targeted at LGBT youth, Savage is known for encouraging people to be honest and open about often complicated and sometimes taboo subjects. Now he's taking his act on the road in a new show called "Savage U," in which he travels to college campuses across the country giving students advice on sex and relationships. Host Neal Conan speaks with Savage about his new show and why he's decided to target his advice to America's college students.