Show rundown for 1/21/2008

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MLK Day and the Democratic Primaries

Is the current Democratic Primary contest the closest America has come to reaching Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream?


We speak with James McWilliams, a visiting scholar at Yale University ...

Superbowl Look Ahead

The New England Patriots will meet the New York Giants in Superbowl 42 on February 3rd. We talk with Newsday sportswriter Authur Staple about the match up between the unbeaten Patriots and the surging Giants.

Delegate Count

If you're trying to figure out which presidential candidates are piling up the most delegates so far good luck. The counts are different depending on where you look. Bob Benenson, editor of, joins us to sort out the numbers. We also speak with Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, about whether or not the presidential races this year might go all the way to the conventions.

"666" Phone Exchange

As a lifelong resident of the small, predominantly Christian town of Reeves, Louisiana, Mayor Scott Walker was tired of hearing comments about the 666 telephone exchange number that the town had been using for decades. He's successfully campaigned to get the number changed.

M.T. Anderson

We revisit a conversation we had with M. T. Anderson. Anderson won the 2006 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for his book "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation: Volume 1: The Pox Party." The book, which comes out in paperback tomorrow, tells the tale of a young slave boy raised in pre-revolutionary Boston as the subject of an experiment in human intelligence.

This program aired on January 21, 2008.


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