March 23rd Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie reviews the week in politics, and Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks about March Madness coming to his city. In the second hour, Carol Burnett on her book, This Time together, and Stephen Carter on Libya.
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March 23rd Show

Actresses Carol Burnett, left, and Elizabeth Taylor shown Jan. 22, 1983, made their debuts in pay television together when they starred as women drawn together after their divorces in HBO's "Intimate Strangers". Elizabeth Taylor's publicist confirmed that she died today at the age of 79. Doug Pizac/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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The Political Junkie
An unusual alliance in Congress is lashing out at President Obama for not seeking a declaration of war in Libya. Conservatives like veteran Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) and liberals like Rep. John Larson (D-CT) both say the president is out of line, despite most members of their parties backing the no-fly zone. Host Neal Conan and political editor Ken Rudin will speak with both about whether the House should have debated a war resolution. They'll also recap the week in politics, from former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty's announcement that he's running for president to Sen. Claire McCaskill's mix-up — and hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes — on her personal plane.

Newark Banks On March Madness
The second weekend of March Madness tips off tomorrow. Four cities play host to the biggest month in college basketball — For one in particular, this is much more than an opportunity to watch the Sweet 16. In Newark, New Jersey it's a chance to revive a city's long lost spirit. The city faces widespread perceptions as a hub of crime and urban decay and will be hosting an NCAA basketball tournament for the first time in history. Host Neal Conan talks with Newark's Mayor Cory Booker, about what this weekend's tournament means for the city's economy, people and spirit.

The Sweet Sixteen
The regional semifinals for the NCAA basketball tournament begin tomorrow and March Madness will get a little madder as the Sweet 16 games begin. Host Neal Conan talks with NPR correspondent Mike Pesca about this year's surprises and upsets and his predictions for the NCAA tournament.

Carol Burnett
Every week before The Carol Burnett Show, Carol Burnett herself would stand on stage for a Q&A session with the audience. The critically acclaimed variety show ran for 11 years and won over 20 Emmy Awards, but Carol Burnett says some of her favorite moments were when she got personal with the audience. In her book, This Time Together, Burnett highlights some of these Q&A sessions and other memorable moments in her life. Host Neal Conan speaks with Carol Burnett about her remarkable career and the people she met along the way.

Libya: A 'Just War?'
Since the U.S., Britain, France, and other countries launched airstrikes and a no-fly zone over Libya, the debate continues over whether the international coalition is morally justified to fight another war in the Middle East. The Obama administration insists that the intervention is a humanitarian effort to protect civilians. Does that qualify the military operation as a "just war"? And if the real mission proves to be regime change, does that alter the equation? Stephen Carter, author of The Violence of Peace, talks with Neal Conan about what does and does not qualify as a just war.