Background Stories

On today’s show: the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer examines the man many believe is behind the constitutional interpretations that have shaped the Bush administration’s legal strategy since 9/11. Then, a biologist explains why he’s concerned about the high levels of mercury in New York State’s wild songbirds. Plus, a new novel looks at one man’s attempt to make peace with his estranged family. And NPR’s Juan Williams discusses the biggest challenges facing Black America today.