March 30th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, the auto industry post-Wagoner, and the opinion page and the state of Black America. In our second hour the men of Spinal Tap-"Unwigged & Unplugged".
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March 30th Show

Earlier today, President Obama announced that his administration will offer GM and Chrysler more time to negotiate with creditors and to come up with ideas to get the American car industry back on track. But can a plan to save the two carmakers work? In our first hour today, we'll talk with Micheline Maynard, senior business correspondent with The New York Times, and Dan Neil, automotive critic with the Los Angeles Times, about how the plan could work, and what could happen if it fails. Then, in this edition of the opinion page, author and Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts talks about the current state of Black America and how growing disparities between blacks and whites could indicate that this country has not yet entered a "post-racial" era.

For all you fans of This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman and A Mighty Wind, today's second hour will be a treat! Musicians and comedians Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are hitting the road again and they are leaving the wigs, the costumes and the accents behind. Their tour is dubbed "Unwigged & Unplugged" and today the three longtime friends will make a stop on our show to talk about, well, being themselves. And of course they'll be taking your calls, and playing some tunes. Should be a good time! We're working on our ender topic for the second hour, so stay tuned.