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photoIn three weeks from today, Americans go to the polls. The presidential candidates will turn up the heat in the last days of this high stakes campaign. The times are serious, but sometimes a little laughter can point to a lot of truth.

Political satirist and pop-culture commentator Mo Rocca takes a break from the seriousness of politics in his new book is "All the Presidents' Pets: The Story of One Reporter Who Refused to Roll Over." In it, Rocca blows the lid off the story of the White House press corps, and the pets, who steer the nation.

Hear a conversation with political funny man Mo Rocca on comedy and the candidates in Election 2004.

Guests:

Mo Rocca, political satirist, former correspondent for the Daily Show. He covered the Democratic and Republican National Conventions for CNN's Larry King. He is a frequent panelist on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" His new book is "All the President's Pets: The Story of One Reporter Who Refused to Roll Over"

Jack Beatty, news analyst for On Point, senior editor at the Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on October 12, 2004.

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