Topics and Guests: Dec. 22

Joins "DaySide" hosts Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick for what promises to be a lively hour of informative fun!

• Senators strike a deal on the controversial Patriot Act: we’ll take a closer look at the agreement at what it means for both parties, as Democratic strategist Bob Beckel and Republican strategist Sheri Jacobus join us to weigh in.

• Then, did an accused serial rapist in Miami, who escaped from jail by climbing through a ceiling vent and rappelling down the building using tied-together bed sheets have help? We’ll talk with Reynaldo Rapalo’s lawyer, Herbert Smith.

• A new Farrelly brothers’ movie, “The Ringer” starring Johnny Knoxville, had some “special” help getting made. The Special Olympics made an unlikely deal with the movie’s makers to ensure audiences would be laughing with, not at the athletes in the Special Olympics. We’ll talk with Tim Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics and athlete Kester Edwards about their collaboration on the movie.

• Plus, a heartwarming story of a volunteer and doctor who are helping Iraqi children get life saving heart operations.

• And four-time Grammy nominee pianist Michael Feinstein stops by the “DaySide” studio, you won’t want to miss this! .

These stories and more on today's show.

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