February 26th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, Ford buy-outs, Thriller, getting out of prison, "Stuff White People Like", and letters.
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February 26th Show

In our first hour today, we'll talk about the price of buy-outs. Ford Motor Company is currently pushing their employees to take buyouts that include $140,000 or college tuition plans. Sounds good, right? Buy-outs are one of the standard ways a company reduces its work force, but some people warn that if you take it, you might live to regret it. Have you ever been offered a buy-out? What did you do? Tell us your experience. After that, put on your red leather zipper jacket and let's go back 25 years to the moment you put a needle to Michael Jackson's Thriller album. Personally, I find it hard to believe that it's been a quarter century since my best friend Stephanie and I re-wound our VHS recording of the 'Thriller' mini-movie countless times and learned the ghoulish dance routine, step for step. (I also can't believe 25 years later, I still remember most of it.) A Thriller CD-DVD has been released this week that features remixes of the album's songs. But today, we're sticking to the original. Do you remember the first time you heard this classic record? Which song was your favorite? And how big of a fan were you? Did you pattern your Jheri curl to look like Michael's? Or were you just brave enough to wear one shiny glove?

Next Monday, new guidelines are set to go into effect that will retroactively reduce the sentences for crack cocaine offenders, which means around 1,500 crack offenders could apply for immediate release. In today's second hour, we will talk with ex-prisoners about the challenges of re-assimilating into society after serving long term sentences. After that, blogger Christian Lander talks about how and why he created a list called "Stuff White People Like." And we'll read read from your blog and email comments on shows that aired last week.