February 10th Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the challenges of drafting a constitution, and defending 33 round guns. In the second hour, how we age, and chef Marcus Samuelsson talks about his new restaurant.
NPR logo February 10th Show

February 10th Show

Courtesy of Da Capo Press
book cover
Courtesy of Da Capo Press

Drafting A Constitution
Last month, a remarkable 98 percent of voters in Southern Sudan chose to withdraw from the North after decades of ongoing conflict. But before the new country can celebrate official independence on July 9th, it must write a constitution. Guest host Ari Shapiro talks to law professor and framer of the Eritrean Constitution Bereket Selassie and Senior Rule of Law Adviser at the United States Institute of Peace, Jason Gluck about the challenges of drafting a constitution in a brand new nation.

33-Bullet Gun Magazines
The gun that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others in Arizona held a large-capacity bullet magazine. A number of legislators want to reinstate a ban on those clips, which can hold at least 30 rounds. In an op-ed in last Sunday's Washington Post, Stephen Hunter writes in defense of extended magazines. "When the question arises of who needs an extended magazine, the answer is: the most defenseless of the defenseless." Hunter joins guest host Ari Shapiro to talk about "why 33 rounds makes sense in a defensive weapon."

How We Age
Nursing homes are sometimes dismissed as "God's waiting room," the place where the clock ticks the elderly wait to die. In his new book, How We Age, geriatric psychiatrist Marc Agronin writes that these perceptions of old age exist because of the "failure of our own creativity and willingness to conceive that life up until its last moments has its own ways and meanings." Guest host Ari Shapiro talks with Agronin about his new book and his experiences as a doctor to the aged.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster
Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson has garnered international acclaim for blending his Ethiopian roots and Swedish upbringing into American cuisine. It's earned him a spot as a contestant on Top Chef America, a frequent guest on The Today Show and even a chance to cook for the Indian Prime Minister at the White House. In his new restaurant, Red Rooster Harlem, Samuelsson plans to infuse his unique style of cooking into the culture and history of the city. Guest host Ari Shapiro talks with Marcus Samuelsson about his new restaurant and learning new culinary languages.