Show rundown for 10/21/2008

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Florida Voting Early

Voters in Florida and several other states can cast ballots early. We'll look at what's happening in Florida. where the ballots are long, and the lines have been too. Our guest is Breanne Gilpatrick of the Miami Herald.

History of Voting

Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard writes about the history of voting in America in The New Yorker and joins us to talk about it.

Disabled Children and Politics

The mother of a child with Down Syndrome shares her thoughts on Palin's candidacy. Also, a Brandeis University professor offers a historical perspective on how administrations have dealt with the disabilities community.

Election-Related Children's Book

Who knew that voters in Washington state once elected a mule, and the word "booze" comes from an 1840 campaign stunt! Children's book author Sue Goodman's latest book is "See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House." She's also conducting a survey of children's thoughts about the election at her book's website.

This program aired on October 21, 2008.

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