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March 31st Show

A supporter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin waves before the start of a campaign rally for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) at Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Arizona. In our first hour, the Political Junkie talks about Sarah Palin's return to the campaign trail. Darren Hauck/Getty Images hide caption

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A supporter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin waves before the start of a campaign rally for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) at Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Arizona. In our first hour, the Political Junkie talks about Sarah Palin's return to the campaign trail.

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Political Junkie
On the heels of the heath care debate, Political Junkie Ken Rudin examines civility in Congress with former Republican Representative Lou Frey, Jr., and looks at the Republican National Committee's spending scandal, Sarah Palin's return to the campaign trail, and President Obama's recess appointments. Plus, NPR's White House correspondent Scott Horsley reviews President Obama's recent policy achievements.

'Life In Year One'
This week, millions are observing Passover or Easter, reflecting on ancient stories of faith from the Holy Land. But when it comes to daily life in that ancient world, how much do we really know, for instance, about what people ate, how they flirted, or how they stayed clean? That gritty real-world existence in the first century is the subject of Scott Korb's latest book, Life in Year One: What the World was Like in First-Century Palestine. The writer and religion scholar talks about his book, a historical travelogue of sorts, and offers an engaging and often humorous look at the tumultuous era in which Jesus lived.