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, Oct. 16:

The White House says it "strongly opposes" congressional attempts to turn into loans some of the money earmarked for Iraqi reconstruction
• Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.

More than ever before, the U.S. government is hiring private military companies to handle work in danger zones
Peter Singer, author of Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry

For American troops, living in Iraq has been called the closest thing to hell on earth
David Mazzarella, editorial director of Stars and Stripes

The thrill of victory, the agony of "da crease!" Extreme ironing... Not exactly your everyday sport
Philip Shaw, inventor of sport

Roman Catholics around the world celebrate Pope John Paul II’s 25th anniversary as holy father of the church
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst

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Topics and guests subject to change.