January 27th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, football coach charged in player's death, and Neil Gaiman receives the 2008 Newbery Medal. In our second hour, tracing our roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr, and cashing in on Obama-inspired merchandising.
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January 27th Show

Last summer in Louisville, Kentucky, 15-year-old Max Gilpin passed out during football practice. He never regained consciousness and three days later, he died.
Witnesses at that practice reportedly said the coaching staff denied water to Gilpin and his teammates, and overheard the coaches say they would run the players until someone quit. Gilpin's parents filed a civil suit against the coaches and a grand jury in Jefferson County indicted head coach David Jason Stinson for reckless homicide. Yesterday, Stinson pleaded not guilty for Gilpin's death. In our first hour, we'll hear about the details in the case and debate whether or not Max Gilpin's death was a tragic accident or a punishable crime. Tell us what you think. Should the head coach be charged? At the end of the hour, we'll talk with fantasy writer Neil Gaiman about winning the top prize in children's literature, the John Newbery Medal , for his children's novel "The Graveyard Book."

Scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has traced the lineage of notable American-Americans using DNA testing. His latest book, "In Search of our Roots," traces the roots of nineteen prominent African-Americans—from Oprah Winfrey to Maya Angelou to Chris Rock. In our second hour, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will talk about searching for our genealogical roots. Tell us your story. Have you researched your family history? Were you surprised by what you found? Following that, we'll talk about cashing in on Barack Obama-inspired merchandising. "Yes, Pecan" ice cream anyone?