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January 19th Show

A charging plug and cord for the Tesla Roadster electric sports car on display during the first press preview day at the 2011 North American International Auto Show January 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A charging plug and cord for the Tesla Roadster electric sports car on display during the first press preview day at the 2011 North American International Auto Show January 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.

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The Political Junkie
Three Senators announce retirements: A Republican, a Democrat, and ... Joe Lieberman. NPR political editor and TOTN Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins Neal Conan for a round up with three local reporters from North Dakota, Texas and Connecticut. They'll also discuss the Republicans' vote to overturn the health care law, a new chief at the RNC and remember Sargent Shriver.

Rules For Street Musicians
Street musicians: they dot the corners of city blocks, populate subway stations and camp outside of national monuments. But what rules do they follow and what tricks do these mysterious professionals employ? Professional street musician Max Judelson, joins host Neal Conan to discuss his Wall Street Journal article, "Ten Rules for Street Musicians."

Robert E. Lee And The Civil War
Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford Hall, Virginia 204 years ago today. He still holds a distinct place in the history of the South. It's a history that will be revisited many times this year as the nation marks 150 years since the Civil War. Host Neal Conan talks with Robert E. Lee biographer Noah Andre Trudeau,and Mary Hadar, a projects editor at the Washington Post who has been tweeting the events leading to the secession of South Carolina.

Auto Restructuring
Two years ago, deep in the throes of the economic meltdown, Detroit's iconic North American International Auto Show was a dreary affair. The mood,  and the typically flashy displays, were subdued in the face of a federal bailout and widespread layoffs across the U.S. auto industry. But at this year's show, earnings are up for the Big Three, and a spate of new electric and hybrid vehicles have potential to breathe new life into automakers. Industry watcher Paul Ingrassia talks with Neal Conan about how the painful overhaul may be paying off for US car manufacturers.

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