July 26th Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, third party and the debt ceiling debate, and Steve Carell talks about life after The Office. In the second hour, the economic gap between rich and and poor, and the directors of Mugabe and the White African.
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July 26th Show

Recent polls show that a majority of Americans say a third party is needed in the current debt ceiling debate. In the first hour, guests explore whether the time is right for a third party presidential ticket, and the obstacles a third party could face. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Third Party Moment
As the bitter standoff continues between Republicans and Democrats over spending and the debt ceiling, Americans appear increasingly frustrated with both political parties. Recent polls show that a majority of Americans say a third party is needed. But while voters often express support for an alternative to the two-party system, third-party candidates rarely draw widespread support at the polls. Elliot Ackerman, chief operating officer of the organization Americans Elect, hopes to change that in the 2012 presidential election. Ackerman speaks with Neal Conan about why the time is right for a third-party presidential ticket and veteran journalist Jeff Greenfield and NPR's Ron Elving explain the obstacles and prospects for a viable third party.

Steve Carell
After seven seasons, Steve Carell quit The Office and returns to the big screen in the new romantic comedy, Crazy Stupid Love. The actor known for The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Despicable Me studied improv with Chicago's Second City and worked as a correspondent on The Daily Show. In his latest film, he tries to find his footing in the single world after his wife demands a divorce. Neal Conan talks with Carell about the new movie and what's next after The Office.

The Growing Income Gap
The gap between rich and poor has widened — wealth is more and more concentrated among a select few, and that few are mostly white. The median wealth of white households is now 20 times that of black households, and 18 times that of Hispanic households, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. Yet income inequality is not a new phenomenon — and some argue that the rich may be richer but the poor are better off, too. Others argue that income inequality drives competition and innovation. Host Neal Conan and guests talk about what's driving the income divide and how that gap plays out among various groups.

'Mugabe And The White African'
Mike Campbell farmed his land for decades, employing hundreds of Zimbabweans in the process. But the government of Robert Mugabe said Campbell couldn't own it anymore. He was white, and the government enforced a policy of land redistribution, from white farmers to the black majority. A new documentary describes what happened next: Government thugs terrorized the white farmers, burning land, torturing farm owners, and threatening death. Campbell, and the bold lawsuit he brought against the Mugabe government, is the the subject of the documentary film, Mugabe and the White African. Filmmakers Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey join host Neal Conan to discuss their film, which premiers tonight as part of PBS's POV series.