On Monday’s NewsHour…

BY newsdesk  April 5, 2010 at 4:34 PM EST

TALIBAN CLAIMS PAKISTAN BOMBINGS | A spate of bombings by the Taliban rocked northwest Pakistan, including a deadly assault on the U.S. consulate in Peshawar. Gwen Ifill talks to reporter Saima Mohsin in Karachi.

VATICAN ABUSE SCANDAL | As friction between the media and Vatican officials grows over Pope Benedict’s role in punishing priests accused of misconduct, Margaret Warner talks to the Very Rev. David O’Connell, president of Catholic University, about reactions to the sex abuse scandal in the U.S.

CONSUMERS WEIGH IN ON APPLE’S IPAD | Apple’s new iPad tablet hit stores over the weekend, selling 300,000 devices on its first day. Jeffrey Brown talks to Walt Mossberg, personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and technology writer and forecaster Paul Saffo about the iPad and about what’s next for mobile commuting devices.

ECONOMIC SLUMP IN SILICON VALLEY | NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels explores the economic downturn in California’s tech corridor, Silicon Valley, and what it means for the future of American innovation.

‘AMONG THE RIGHTEOUS’ DOCUMENTARY | Jeffrey Brown talks to Robert Satloff, director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy about his eight-year project to document the stories of Arabs helping Jews during the Holocaust and the forthcoming PBS documentary based on his work.

Monday’s anchors are Gwen Ifill and Jeffrey Brown. Kwame Holman will have the day’s other top news stories and a look at features on the Web, including more on the PBS “Among the Righteous” documentary and additional interviews by Spencer Michels from Silicon Valley. Plus, read reviews of Apple’s new iPad and hear poet Jehanne Dubrow share her poem, “Nonessential Equipment” on Art Beat.

We hope you join us.