Presidential Ambition

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The hours are relentless. The responsibilities are enormous. And the pay is peanuts compared with a CEO's salary. So why would anyone want to be president of the United States? As the Democratic convention gets underway, join NPR's Neal Conan and his guests to discuss the mysteries of presidential ambition.


Joel Achenbach, staff writer for The Washington Post Style section. Author of The Grand Idea: George Washington's Potomac and the Race to the West

Richard Shenkman, author of Presidential Ambition: Gaining Power at Any Cost

Gary Hart, former Democratic senator from Colorado. Ran for president in 1984 and 1988

Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, first female governor of Louisiana



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