Show rundown for 11/4/2008

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Election Day

We check in with reporters around the country to see if there are any problems at the polls.

Waiting for Election Results

When will we know who is the winner? We speak with Katherine Seelye, political reporter for the New York Times.

Campaign Dirty Tricks

If you think that this was a nasty election season, it has nothing on the battle between presidential candidates Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden in 1876! We revisit a conversation we had with Joseph Cummins, author of "Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns."

Election Day Poem

In his poem "Election Day, NOVEMBER, 1884," Walt Whitman calls our "quadrennial choosing day" more spectacular than the country's scenic marvels, such as Niagara Falls. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky joins us with his reflections on Whitman's work.

The Hidden Persuaders

In the age of of hit TV show "Mad Men" we look back at "The Hidden Persuaders" the best sellling 1951 expose by Vance Packard that explained how the mavens of Madison Avenue manipulated consumer needs, fears and desires to sell everything from toothpaste to politicians. Our guest Mark Greif, Editor of the magazine "N" Plus One, who wrote about Vance Packard and Mad Men in the New York Times and London Review of Books.

This program aired on November 4, 2008.

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