December 12th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, political junkie, cartographia, crack sentencing, terrorist watch.
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December 12th Show

In this mega-sized political junkie, Ken Rudin is joined by senior correspondent Juan Williams. Today, we'll take a look at the neck-and-neck race for parties in New Hampshire and South Carolina, the Republican debate going on right now in Iowa and the Democratic debate happening there tomorrow, and what Oprah's endorsement could mean for Barack Obama. And of course rev up your brain jets for today's trivia question. Following that, we'll talk with author and editor Vincent Virga about his rare collection of more than 250 color maps and illustrations tracing from the dawn of civilization to the present day. Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations, has been published by the Library of Congress and Little, Brown and Company.

In our second hour, we will talk about the US Sentencing Commission's decision to make retroactive lighter sentencing in cases involving crack cocaine offenses — a decision that could cut prison time for thousands of offenders. Is this a good or bad idea? We will talk to guests on both sides of the debate, and hear a personal story from a man who served fifteen years for distributing crack and cocaine. Later in the hour, author Ronald Kessler talks about the race to strop the next terrorist attack from inside agencies like the FBI and the CIA. His latest book is "The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack."