September 21st: What's On Today's Show

Death row inmate Troy Davis in an  undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections. Davis is scheduled to be executed today for the 1989  killing of Savannah police officer Mark  MacPhail. i i

Death row inmate Troy Davis in an undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections. Davis is scheduled to be executed today for the 1989 killing of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. Associated Press hide caption

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Death row inmate Troy Davis in an  undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections. Davis is scheduled to be executed today for the 1989  killing of Savannah police officer Mark  MacPhail.

Death row inmate Troy Davis in an undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections. Davis is scheduled to be executed today for the 1989 killing of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.

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The Political Junkie
President Obama proposes a new plan on debt and taxes, Republican presidential hopefuls prepare for their next debate, two new political tomes get Washington talking, and Republicans face a leadership shake-up. It's Wednesday and Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins host Neal Conan to talk about all the latest political news, including the plan in Pennsylvania that might shake up the electoral map.

Maria Bello, 'Prime Suspect'
Two decades ago, the British crime drama Prime Suspect shed light on the inner workings of the life of detectives from a woman's point of view. The critically acclaimed show won numerous awards and many critics say it helped pave the way for smart, powerful television roles for women. Now the show has been remade for an American audience and makes its prime time debut tonight on NBC. Actress Maria Bello plays the role of Detective Jane Timoney, an opinionated and strong-willed detective trying to leave her mark on the New York homicide department. Host Neal Conan speaks with Maria Bello about her role in Prime Suspect, and what she hopes the remake will bring to an American audience.

The Execution Of Troy Davis
At 7:00 this evening, the state of Georgia is scheduled to execute Troy Anthony Davis. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 1991 for killing an off-duty police officer. Several witnesses have changed their testimony since the trial, the Pope, former president Jimmy Carter and thousands of protesters have asked the state to commute the death sentence. But prosecutors and the family of the murdered officer insist Davis is guilty, and he has exhausted all appeals. Host Neal Conan talks with reporter Charles Edwards about the case and the mood in Atlanta today. He will also speak with Los Angeles Times Supreme Court correspondent David Savage about the process, previous rulings and appeals on the death penalty.

Bill T. Jones, 'Fela'
Bill T. Jones has long been respected for his work in the arts. He and his partner, the late Arnie Zane, founded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in the 1980s. Jones went on to serve as the artistic director, choreographer and dancer for several dance troupes and Broadway shows. He's the recipient of a Macarthur "Genius" grant, two Tony Awards, and is a 2010 Kennedy Center Honoree. Bill T. Jones's latest endeavor puts another artist in the spotlight: Fela Kuti, the Nigerian musician and human rights activist. Host Neal Conan speaks with Bill T. Jones about his long-running career in the arts and his latest Broadway success, FELA!, which is currently on a national tour.

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