October 6th Show

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hide captionCalifornia Senate Candidates Barbara Boxer and Meg Whitman at a debate at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Ca. on September 1, 2010. Both candidates join host Neal Conan and the political junkie Ken Rudin in our first hour.

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California Senate Candidates Barbara Boxer and Meg Whitman

California Senate Candidates Barbara Boxer and Meg Whitman at a debate at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Ca. on September 1, 2010. Both candidates join host Neal Conan and the political junkie Ken Rudin in our first hour.

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The Political Junkie
The senate race in California is in the home stretch, and TOTN is in the Golden State to hear from the candidates. Neal Conan and political junkie Ken Rudin talk with Democratic senator Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina. Plus, a snapshot of where the midterm races are headed and the rest of the week's political news.

Angel Island
Angel Island is often called the Ellis Island of the West. Half a million people from over 80 countries passed through the small island off the coast of San Francisco before entering the United States during the early 1900s. Few met with a warm welcome. Russians, Japanese, Australians, Chinese, Mexicans and many others found themselves in the island's detention barracks upon arrival. Among them was a poor, young Chinese man who crossed the Pacific Ocean under a false identity, to make it through Angel Island. Today, host Neal Conan talks with historian Judy Yung about the story of her father's journey to America and the divisive immigration debates of the last century. Her book, co-authored with Erika Lee, is titled Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America.

Spiritual Envy
As a boy Michael Krasny believed God was watching him. In his teen years, he discovered science — and skepticism. Since he "could not substantiate God's existence, agnosticism, out of necessity, became my creed," he writes. In his new memoir, Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest, Krasny writes that he's longed for a God he could believe in and feel loved by... "I simply wanted to have God in my heart. But at a certain point he simply was not there."  Krasny talks about some of life's biggest questions and his new book.

Archie Comics
Neal Conan talks to NPR's comic book blogger Glen Weldon about the new guy in Riverdale.  Archie and Jughead's new friend Kevin Keller, the series' first openly gay character.

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