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, March 18:

Al Qaeda's no. 2 man has reportedly been cornered by Pakistani troops in Waziristan
Eliza Griswold, contributor to Harper's magazine
Gregory Copley of the International Strategic Studies Association

John Kerry's anti-terror strategy relies on international cooperation, intelligence and police work
Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute

Congress is investigating the United Nations' Oil for Food program, which some allege was a scam 
Claudia Rosett, former Wall Street Journal correspondent

The terror attack in Madrid is under investigation by Spanish police, prosecutors and a special judge
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst

For millions of us, the NCAA March Madness tournament is a chance to win money in the annual office pool
Barry Reeves of The Sporting News 

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

Topics and guests subject to change.