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The Show Goes On, Without A Hitch

If you listened to our second hour yesterday, you probably noticed that it wasn't the program we'd promised. Christopher Hitchens, who was supposed to talk with us about The Rights of Man, by Thomas Paine, never made it to Studio 3A. We're still trying to figure out what happened. A miscommunication? An act of God? (Probably not, with this guy). So, what happens here, when a guest doesn't show, for whatever reason? We scramble. Tuesday is, of course, "the day we read from your emails," so we went to that segment first. (That bought us a little time, at the top of the show). We called columnist Meghan Daum, of the Los Angeles Times, to ask her if we could move her interview, about child prodigies, scheduled for the end of the hour, to the beginning. Very graciously, she agreed. At our morning meeting, we talked about the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary's hearing on the Jena 6 and the role of federal intervention in hate crimes and race-related violence in public schools. At 2:30 p.m., we reached Harvard Professor Charles Ogletree, who testified at the hearing, at the airport. (Luckily for us, he missed his return flight to Boston). On similarly short notice, reporter Howard Witt, of the Chicago Tribune, who broke the Jena story, joined us by phone. We rounded out the program with Alan Schwarz, of The New York Times. He and Neal are always game to talk baseball. So, how did it sound? (Honestly, we were all too busy to listen).