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.

Friday, Dec. 19:

America's civilian administrator in Iraq survived a rebel ambush earlier this month, but we're only now finding out about it
Dan Senor, L. Paul Bremer's spokesperson 

Democratic presidential frontrunner Howard Dean is sticking to his guns, saying America is no safer with Saddam Hussein in captivity 
Susan Estrich, FNC political analyst 

Kobe Bryant is back in court as his lawyers try to convince a judge to release the medical files of his accuser
Barry Tarlow, criminal defense attorney

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that terror detainees at Guantanamo Bay should be allowed access to lawyers and the U.S. court system
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst

If a menorah can be displayed on town property in the city of Palm Beach, why can't the Nativity scene?
Nathan Lewin, constitutional lawyer

The two architects in charge of designing the World Trade Center site have been bickering over style versus function
James Glanz, co-author of City in the Sky

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

Topics and guests subject to change.