August 25th Show

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Political Junkie: What Does A Palin Endorsement Mean To Republicans?

The establishment strikes back in a big night for political incumbents after hard-fought primary races in Arizona, Florida, Alaska and Vermont. Among the big wins: Arizona Sen. John McCain gets the nod from Republicans to run for a fifth term, while Florida Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek hung on to vie for the U.S. Senate in a three-way race come November. Host Neal Conan speaks with NPR's political editor Ken Rudin about the outcome of another busy primary day. Plus, they'll talk about the Tea Party and Sarah Palin's influence on the GOP nationally. Joining that conversation are: political analyst Tom Rath, political reporter Michael Barone, and Alaska Public Radio reporter Libby Casey.

Kathy Reichs, The Brain Behind Bones

Spider Bones, the thirteenth novel in the series of forensic thrillers that inspired the Fox TV show Bones, has nothing to do with bugs. This page-turner by author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs sheds light on the tangled webs that can be woven in criminal justice, and how forensic anthropology can be used to solve decades-old mysteries. Host Neal Conan talks with Reichs about lead character Temperance Brennan's latest adventures, the current state of forensic science, and why solving crimes isn't always as easy as it looks on TV.

For Some Students, It Pays To Bet On Grades

School incentive programs — students earning cash based on the grades they make — are nothing new. But now a website lets some college students place bets on their grades, high or low. The company, Ultrinsic, lets students wager money on their ability to meet or exceed certain grades at 36 colleges. While the company pitches its venture as a new way to motivate students in the classroom, some in higher education see the system as encouraging online gambling or even cheating. Neal Conan talks with Jeremy Gelbart, the co-founder of Ultrinsic, about how the system works, and how betting on grades might affect college students.

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