Veteran newscaster John Gibson gets to the core of the most salient issues facing America today as host of FNC's hard-hitting primetime show The Big Story with John Gibson, airing Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. ET, with expert legal analysis from Judge Andrew Napolitano and in-depth field reports from correspondent Heather Nauert.

Thursday, Sept. 18:

There's no stopping the weather, but modern technology has left us better prepared to deal with it
Dr. Stephen Leatherman, director of the International Hurricane Research Center 
Anthony Lowe, director of the mitigation division of the Emergency Preparedness & Response Directorate/FEMA

Natural disasters like Hurricane Isabel cause lots of damage, and that means expensive repairs
Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst

The group that sang "Back in the U.S.S.R." was actually banned in that country
Mark Haefeli, producer and director

The only timetable for Iraqis to start governing themselves seems to be, whenever the time is right. When might that be?
Ilene Prusher, Istanbul bureau chief for the Christian Science Monitor

The Big Story’s "candidate of the day" in the California recall election
Lorraine Fontanes (a.k.a. Abner Zurd), filmmaker

Be sure to tune into The Big Story with John Gibson ... weekdays at 5 p.m. ET.

Topics and guests subject to change.