October 4th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, Chris Matthews, Baghdad's massive American Embassy, social networking, and sharks and the African slave trade.
NPR logo October 4th Show

October 4th Show

On our final show this week:

Chris Matthews joins us in our first hour. You know him best as the host of Hardball on MSNBC. We'll talk about his decade of playing Hardball, his fascination with politics, and what some would call his often 'combative' trademark style of questioning. We'll also discuss his new book called Life's a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me about Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation and Success. Following that, Vanity Fair reporter William Langewiesche will discuss his latest article entitled "The Mega Bunker of Baghdad." In it, Langewiesche talks about the massive new American Embassy rising above Baghdad in the heavily fortified Green Zone. The extravagant compound will be the largest and most lavish embassy in the world.

In our second hour, we'll talk about social networking. Andy Carvin, NPR's senior strategist for online communities, will talk about what exactly social networking is and how people are using the different online social networking sites. It's not just for teenagers anymore. Later in the hour, we'll talk about the African slave trade with Marcus Rediker, a professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. He wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Boston Globe about his discovery of an 18th-century petition asking the British Parliament not to end the slave trade. The document is called "The Petition of the Sharks of Africa," a horrific satire written in the voice of sharks who ate the bodies of slaves that jumped or were thown overboard from slave ships.