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August 13th Show

It's Newseum time again... and also time to check in with Ken Rudin, NPR's political junkie. The biggest story in politics this week is John Edwards' admission that he had an affair back in 2006. We'll look at how that could affect his political career in our first hour. We'll also talk about new attack ads from Senators John McCain and Barack Obama and their stance concerning the conflict in Georgia and Russia. Later in that hour, independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader will discuss why he is running for president, and his campaign strategy. At the end of the hour, James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, will deconstruct the presidential debates. He's watched ALL 47 of the primary debates and has a pretty good opinion of how the candidates will debate.

In our second hour, we'll continue our discussion about John Edwards' affair, but take a deeper look into the actual reporting of it. The National Enquirer published a story months ago that claimed that the then presidential candidate had an extramarital affair. At the time, Edwards dismissed it as "tabloid trash". It was only after he admitted to having the affair last week that many news organizations jumped on the story. So how aggressive should the media be in breaking a story like this? We'll ask you that question in our second hour. Then, we'll talk about an exhibit now featured at the Newseum that displays the cabin of convicted "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski. Kaczynski has written a three-page letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals protesting the exhibit. At the end of the hour we'll talk with Susan Bennett, Vice President and Deputy Director of the Newseum and to Gary Wright, one of the Unabomber's victims.