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, Dec. 4:

How do you keep society safe from repeat sex offenders?
Gene Schmidt, daughter raped and murdered
Peggy Schmidt, daughter raped and murdered

Is the case against Michael Jackson weak enough for him to beat it?
H. Russell Halpern, attorney to the father of the pop star's accuser

What do steroids do to the human body?
• Dr. Charles Yesalis, Penn State professor and steroid expert

A new poll shows Howard Dean has a huge lead over his Democratic rivals
C.K. Rairden, political columnist and commentator

President Bush wants to send Americans back to the moon and possibly leave some sort of permanent presence there
• Capt. Alan Bean, Apollo 12 astronaut

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

Topics and guests subject to change.