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.

Wednesday, Oct. 29:

A massive chunk of southern California has been charred, and many areas are being threatened by several growing wildfires. How do you begin to get control of these infernos? 
Mike Da Luz of the U.S. Forest Service

As California burns, the folks in Washington are grappling with ways to prevent these devastating wildfires
Jay Watson, national director of the Wildland Fire Program for the Wilderness Society

These wildfires could end up costing California $2 billion. Some folks say a slow bureaucracy is to blame for letting the fires get this bad
Greg Cox, chair of San Diego County's Board of Supervisors

Over the past few weeks, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has come under fire from all sides. With uncertainty in the war on terror and the suspected self-leaked memo, his position in the administration seems less secure
Harold Brown, former secretary of state

The FBI is cracking down on its investigation into who recently leaked the name of a CIA operative
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst 

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Topics and guests subject to change.