July 8th Show : Blog Of The Nation Former senator John Edwards discusses his plan to cut poverty in half by 2018, and whether or not, if asked, he would accept the democratic party's nomination for vice-president. Jack Gerard talk about the gas and oil industry and his upcoming pos...
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July 8th Show

In today's first hour, guest host Guy Raz will speak with former Senator John Edwards about what went right and wrong in his campaign for president, his plan to cut poverty in half by 2018, and whether or not, if asked, he would accept the democratic party's nomination for vice president. Following that, we'll be joined by Jack Gerard, the president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council. In a few months, Gerard will serve as president of the American Petroleum Institute. Call or email us your questions or concerns about the current state of the oil and gas industry. At the end of the hour, we'll read from your emails and blog comments about black patriotism, and the physical demands involved in fighting wildfires.

If Sen. John McCain wins the presidential election, he will be 72 years old when he is sworn in next January. That will make him the oldest president in history. But does that matter? Charles Blow, a columnist for the New York Times thinks so. He'll be one of the guests in our second hour. Tell us what you think. When it comes to electing a president, how old is TOO old? At the end of the hour, the publisher and editor-in-chief of Twelve explains why he calls the times we're living in "the age of the disposable book" and believes most books will inevitably wind up in the bargain bin.