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The top of the week

The vice president's travels (and the not-so-embedded message) will play near the top of our broadcast tonight, and tonight we also begin a series of great reports by Robert Bazell from his recent trip to Iraq: the heroes and miracles that are the stuff of daily life in our field hospitals. These professionals amaze all who are exposed to them with their quiet competence and extraordinary dedication. We are very fortunate to have this series of reports this week, just as we are fortunate to have such people wearing the uniform and caring for our very bravest as we speak. We'll also have some news from medicine (regarding over-the-counter pain medications, an American household staple) and news from the Supreme Court regarding high-speed car chases. 

We continue to wait... and watch the Libby trial.

Are the Academy Awards still going on? Everyone I know is tired today.

Attention fellow parents of college-age children: this might be the most interesting anecdotal/generational story of the day.

We will end the broadcast with a modest helicopter pilot who today received the highest honor in the nation, from the President of the United States: The Medal of Honor. And for his story of heroism I heartily recommend the book, "We Were Soldiers Once... and Young." Inside you will find the detailed exploits of Lt. Col Bruce Crandall, who in 1965 was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam (portrayed by Greg Kinnear in the movie) with the 1st Cav Air Mobile. I have one disclosure issue here, that I have pointed out in this space previously: I'm on the board of the Medal of Honor Foundation. Having said that -- a great man was honored today by his Commander in Chief, and by extension... a grateful nation. The cover of "We Were Soldiers Once..." depicts another brave soldier, Col. Rick Rescorla, who survived the very same battle in the Ia Drang valley -- only to die on 9/11 while leading employees to safety from the offices of Morgan Stanley in the World Trade Center. I first read this book on the recommendation of a great man, a Vietnam veteran and a close friend, now deceased. It is among the best pieces of non-fiction of the last two decades, and the story it tells now includes a Medal of Honor recipient. There are men alive today -- able to put their grandchildren on their shoulders -- because Bruce Crandall once showed complete disregard for his own safety. That's what it takes to wear the medal that President Bush placed around his neck at the White House today. For those who don't want to wait to read the book, please read the citation that was read aloud at the White House today.

We hope you will join us for our Monday broadcast.