November 15th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, "Ricochet," Motley Fool, holiday travel prep, Jonathan Demme.
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November 15th Show

Here's our last show of the week:

In our first hour, we'll talk to Richard Feldman. He is a former regional political director for the National Rifle Association and former top lobbyist for the organization. Feldman pulls back the curtain on the NRA in his new book entitled, "Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist." He concludes, in part, that the NRA uses scare tactics to raise money for itself and its well paid executives. We'll also speak with John Rosenthal, the founder of a non-profit group 'Stop Handgun Violence,' and co-founder of the American Hunters and Shooters Association. And in our monthly visit with The Motley Fool, co-founder David Gardner will help us make sense of the current market swings and answer your questions about investing and how the markets work. (Remember, we won't be giving any advice on whether to sell or buy a particular stock.)

It's hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that the holiday season officially begins next week. Wow! It seems like we were JUST complaining about the summer heat... and the heck of a travel experience some of us suffered through a few months ago... comparing horror stories about how many hours were spent sitting on the airplane tarmac — and that's if your plane bothered to show up at all. So now that the holiday season is fast approaching, should we prepare for "Travel Tales from Hell, Part Deux?" What are you doing to prepare for the hustle and bustle in the year's busiest time for travel? Okay, we don't want to hear your horror stories again. But if you are still traumatized from that recent airport experience, what are you doing differently this time around? (Yes, going on a travel strike counts.) David Field, Americas Editor of Airline Business Magazine is among our guests who will tell us what to expect as we head to the airport. At the end of the hour, we're joined by Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme (think: Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia). His latest film, a documentary entitled Jimmy Carter Man from Plains, follows the former President on a recent nationwide book tour.

Enjoy the show and the upcoming weekend!