November 23rd: What's On Today's Show

The shutter of a film camera. The clink of a manual cash register. In today's second hour we're talking about the sounds your children may never hear.

The shutter of a film camera. The clink of a manual cash register. In today's second hour we're talking about the sounds your children may never hear. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The Political Junkie
The top Republican presidential candidates wrapped up another debate last night and now turn to the nation's first two primary voting states: Iowa and New Hampshire. With the Iowa Caucus just six weeks away, Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich and New Hampshire Public Radio political reporter Josh Rogers explain what each candidate is doing to court voters in their states, and how the campaign is playing out. Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins host Neal Conan to talk about the next stage of the GOP contest, the political fallout after the deficit supercommittee and the rest of the week's political news.

Evolving U.S. Policy Toward Iran
The United States and its allies announced another round of coordinated sanctions against Iran on Monday, intended to derail the country's suspected nuclear program. In a speech at the Brookings Institution yesterday, White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon argued that it is "undeniable" that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons capability and that sanctions have already been effective in pressuring and further isolating the country. His comments countered arguments from several GOP presidential candidates that the White House's policy on Iran has jeopardized U.S. security. Host Neal Conan plays tape from Donilon's speech and talks with NPR foreign correspondent Mike Shuster about Iran's nuclear program and the U.S. response.


Talking Politics At The Dinner Table
Don't talk politics at the dinner table! That may be the conventional wisdom, but it's also completely unrealistic at many family gatherings. Millions of Americans will hit the road for Thanksgiving, and many are already steeling themselves for the uncle or aunt or in-laws who just can't help but rant about President Obama or the Tea Party at the Thanksgiving table. Add in a turbulent race for president, the failure of the supercommittee and the roiling Occupy protests — not to mention the usual politics of food, football and family — and you have a recipe for a potentially fraught family gathering. Host Neal Conan talks with commentator Andrew Wilson about his own family's struggle with talking politics at the table, with advice columnist Amy Dickinson and writer Paul Saffo, who argues we need more political talk at the dinner table, not less.

11 Sounds Your Kids May Never Hear
Phones today beep and buzz with text messages and Facebook alerts, they don't hum with the sound of a rotary dial. Digital music doesn't scratch or skip. Noises that were once familiar — like the loud clacking of manual typewriter keys or the ding of the gas station driveway bell — have all but vanished from the soundtracks of our lives. And chances are, our children will never hear many of the sounds we grew up with. Kara Kovalchik collected "11 Sounds That Your Kinds Have Probably Never Heard" in an article for MentalFloss.com and she joins host Neal Conan to talk about her piece.


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