March 2nd Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, innovation on recession and the opinion page: a compromise on gay marriage. In our second hour, "provider conscience regulation" and your favorite snowed-in stories.
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March 2nd Show

We all made it in through the falling snow this morning (including Neal Conan!!!) and here's what's happening on the show today:

Some may argue that a recession is a good time for innovators. In fact, when the country pulls out of this recession, the industry that will be providing jobs to Americans will be an industry that we may not have heard of yet. It's more than likely someone is laying the foundation for it right now. Guests in our first hour will talk about how the recession is positively (and negatively) impacting innovations. Are you tinkering away in your garage or office cubicle right now? How is your innovation shaping up? Then, on our opinion page this week, we'll talk with two authors. David Blakenhorn is the president of the Institute for American Values . He wrote The Future of Marriage. Jonathan Rauch is a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and the author of Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights and Good for America. Blakenhorn opposes gay marriage. Rauch supports it. And somehow they were able to arrive at a compromise. They proposed a way forward for marriage equality in a New York Times op-ed, entitled "A Reconciliation on Gay Marriage." We'll talk to them at the end of our first hour. And we want to hear from you. Wherever you fall on the issue of gay marriage, can you live with a compromise?

This week, the Obama administration is expected to begin the process of rescinding job protections for health care workers who refuse to provide services they find objectionable. The rule is known as "provider conscience regulation," and it prohibits recipients of federal money from discriminating against health care workers who refuse to perform or assist in
filling contraceptive prescriptions or provide abortions because of their "religious beliefs or moral convictions." In our second hour, we'll hear both sides of the issue, and whether or not a compromise can be reached in the health care industry. Then, at the end of the end, we'll talk about the snow that has blanketed the greater parts of the East Coast. As troublesome as our morning commute may have been, millions of school kids are still in the throes of celebrating the freedom of the "snow day." And if you think back far enough, you can remember that time when snow closed your school and set you free. We want to hear what you remember about that day. Tell us your favorite snowed-in story. We'll live vicariously through you!!!