August 12th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, the political junkie looks at town hall protests, and is the government treating us like children? In our second hour, American Chinatown, and steered wrong by GPS.
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August 12th Show

GPS devices don't always know best. We'll talk in today's second hour about falling victim to your GPS. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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GPS devices don't always know best. We'll talk in today's second hour about falling victim to your GPS.

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Anger In The Town Halls
Anger continues to brew in town halls across the country where protestors are sounding off against the "Obamacare" health overhaul. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has an angry outburst in the Congo. But all will be calm in studio 3A, and political junkie Ken Rudin promises to be peaceful as he runs down the %$@^# week in political news.

Is Government Treating Us Like Children?
The Obama administration is proposing a Consumer Financial Protection Act designed to oversee consumer finances to ensure that we are making responsible decisions with our finances. Judge Richard Posner complains that the government doesn't always know best when it comes to our money.

Chinatown, U.S.A.
Wherever author Bonnie Tsui travels, she immediately looks for the Chinatown in that city. Full of exotic delicacies and crowded storefronts, the neighborhood Chinatown holds a deep cultural significance. In her new book, American Chinatown, Tsui spoke with residents of five neighborhoods to find out what it's like to walk through their Chinatown every day. We want to hear from you. In your city, what do you see when you walk into Chinatown?

Your GPS Is Evil
"Recalculating." "Recalculating!!!" I swear my GPS lady sounds more annoyed each time I don't follow her exact direction. But, frankly, I'm just as annoyed when she tells ME to turn right on a one-way street going the other way!!! Emily Yoffe calls herself a victim of her GPS, and you know, there are times when I feel the same way. Tell us your story. When has your GPS steered you wrong? "When possible, make a legal U-turn. Recalculating...." AGH!!!!!!!!!!