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This Week
April 11, 2003


This week on NOW:

For years, gun manufacturers have maintained that it's impossible to know how their guns get into the hands of criminals. Wednesday, the House easily passed legislation to remove liability from these companies when their guns are misused and the bill now goes to Senate where it already has enough sponsors to win the majority vote. It's the first time in history that an entire industry could be immunized against lawsuits. But one former gun industry insider says major gun manufacturers are deliberately looking the other way while some dealers sell their guns to criminals. Can one whistle blower change the industry? NOW profiles Robert Ricker, former executive director of the American Shooting Sports Council, who is now fighting the industry he used to protect.

It has been wall-to-wall war for months now - first the rumors of war, then the war itself. Missing in all the saturation of coverage of Iraq has been news of what's happening right here in America, behind the scenes in Washington and in your hometown. Two weeks ago, Bill Moyers asked viewers to let us know what issues were not being covered. Almost two-thousand responded, and NOW reports on what they had to say.

Many environmental toxins were banned in the 1970s. But do they still exist in our bodies? Bill Moyers interviews Kenneth A. Cook, president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a public interest research and advocacy organization that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment. Cook discusses the alarming traces of numerous pollutants found in our bodies and what is or isn't being done to protect us.

As a reminder of other ways of seeing, Bill Moyers revisits his poetry series for renewal. Accompanied by the music of the Paul Winter Consort, renowned poet and translator Coleman Barks recites the poetry of Rumi, the 13th Century Sufi writer, and one of the world's most widely read poets.

In Depth

Gun

Lawsuits and the Gun Industry

Voices from the American Gun Debate


Satellite Dish
What Toxic Chemicals Lurk in Your Body?

Your Neighborhood — Environmental Resource Map


Email
What's Not on the News That's on Your Mind — Tell Us.

Update on Corporate Scandals

Corporate Tax Havens Under Fire

Discussion



Talk about the news on the message boards

Commentary

Bill Moyers Journal: Coleman Barks Recites Sufi Poet Rumi

Resources

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Credits



The Insider
Producer: Bryan Myers
NPR Correspondent: Daniel Zwerdling
Editor: Alison Amron


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