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The Case For A Presidential Science Debate

A group of science advocates say the American president should have the basic scientific know-how to understand policy challenges, evaluate options and devise solutions. Ira Flatow and guests discuss how a presidential science debate can help voters decide if a candidate is up for the job.

Gay Marriage Stand Could Help Obama In Suburbia

For several election cycles, the presidency has been won or lost based on suburban voters in several key swing states. And some political observers believe that President Obama took the calculated risk that supporting gay marriage rights will boost his campaign in these all-important counties.
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The Edwards Trial and Campaign Finance Laws

Former presidential candidate John Edwards is on trial for misuse of funds to pay his mistress. We discuss the Edwards case and campaign finance laws with guest host Tom Gjelten of NPR and a panel of experts.


What Will Black Pastors Preach This Sunday?

Black pastors are reacting to the president's announcement that he supports same-sex marriage. Host Michel Martin takes a look at how the president's statement might play out in sermons this Sunday, and at the ballot box in November. She's joined by Bishop Harry Jackson, Dr. Michael Waters, and author and professor, Rev. Michael Eric Dyson.
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Robert Caro: The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Rebroadcast)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro has spent nearly four decades researching and writing about President Lyndon Johnson. His fourth book on the LBJ, "The Passage of Power," follows Johnson from 1958 to 1964. Lyndon Johnson was...


Candidates Must Juggle Inconsistent Economic Data

Every day there's a new economic indicator. Some are up. Some are down. And all are spun by the political parties.