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. 18:

Is Michael Jackson doomed legally or professionally now that he's been officially charged with child molestation?
Samantha Chang, Billboard legal editor
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst

The latest pictures of Saddam Hussein
Leslie Gelb, president of the Council on Foreign Relations

Is Al Qaeda using Iraq as a diversion?
Bruce Hoffman of the Rand Corporation

Has Michael Jackson joined the Nation of Islam? And why?
Patricia Shipp, senior reporter for the National Enquirer

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

Topics and guests subject to change.