January 4th: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, a recap of last night's Iowa Caucuses and a look ahead to next week's New Hampshire primary. In the second hour, the future of the GOP candidates who didn't make the top three in Iowa, and an Iraqi interpreter talks about life after the U.S. troop withdrawal.
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January 4th: What's On Today's Show

Voters register to cast their ballots during republican caucues at a school in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 3, 2012. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Political Junkie In New Hampshire
The Republican National Committee declared Mitt Romney the winner in Iowa just before 3am Eastern time Wednesday morning, but all three top candidates claim victory. The verdict came far later than usual, and the eight vote difference between Romney and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum was the closest finish ever in a presidential caucus. Texas Rep. Ron Paul came in a close third. Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins host Neal Conan at New Hampshire Public Radio to recap the Iowa Caucuses, and to look ahead to next week's New Hampshire Primary.

The 'Other' GOP Hopefuls
Rep. Michele Bachmann suspended her presidential campaign this morning. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he's heading home to reassess his own bid after the Iowa caucuses. While Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul carry the momentum into New Hampshire and South Carolina, Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman promise to continue their campaigns. NPR Political Junkie Ken Rudin and Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, join host Neal Conan to talk about the long campaign to come and the futures of the candidates who didn't place in the top three in Iowa.

And Iraqi Interpreter In Limbo
For four years, a 27-year-old Iraqi name Tariq worked for the U.S. military as a translator. He's faced death threats from other Iraqis who call him a "traitor" and an "American agent" and he asked that we only identify him by his first name for his protection. Once the U.S. troops he worked with pulled out of the country, he lost his job and the on-base security that came with it. Tariq, and thousands of other Iraqi translators who worked with the U.S. military, now face long delays for U.S. visas to leave the country. Host Neal Conan speaks with Tariq about how his life changed after the U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq.