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The Dec. 30 Show

Here's a quick peek at today:

In our first hour, we'll look at how history will view the Bush administration. We'll talk with two guests: Bob Woodward, associate editor of The Washington Post and author of, most recently, The War Within; and Barton Gellman, investigative reporter for The Washington Post and author of Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency. And we want to hear from you. Tell us one thing you think the Bush Administration will be remembered for.

Following that, Mark Bowden, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, explains why he feels President Bush should ask the Iraqi government to pardon journalist Muntadhir Al-Zaidi, for throwing his shoes at him.

Then: your letters (including your nominations for most influential people of 2008).

In our second hour, author William Davies King will talk about his new book Collections of Nothing and his collections, which include almost 18,000 food labels, 7,000 dictionary illustrations, and 500 bottle caps. We'll ask him why he has a passion for collecting so many of the things most of us throw away.

Then, we'll talk to Chicago Tribune columnist Dawn Turner Trice about the controversial song, "Barack the Magic Negro," and the debate surrounding the term "magic negro." Is the term used to describe an African-American who is able to blur the cultural barriers between blacks and whites? Or does it describe an "exception" in black culture?

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