October 8th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, Vicente Fox, Mia Farrow on Darfur, three doctors form , and the band Pinback.
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October 8th Show

Happy Day Off! (for those who actually have one) Neal Conan is back, well rested and gearing up for today's show. Here's what you'll be listening to:

In our first hour, we'll talk with Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico, about his life, his tenure as Mexico's president, the intricate relationship between the U.S. and Mexico and his relationship with President Bush since leaving office. He'll also talk about his recently published autobiography--a memoir entitled Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith and Dreams of a Mexican President, where he talks about his childhood spent on his family's ranch and his journey into politics. At the end of that hour, actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow talks about her op-ed that appeared in last Friday's Wall Street Journal. In it, she places much responsibility for the violence that continues in Darfur on China. She believes that, in light of the upcoming Olympic games that will be taking place in Beijing next year, now is the time for China to increase pressure and publicity to stop the killing in Sudan. Her op-ed is entitled, "China Can do More on Darfur."

You may remember a book called The Pact that came out five years ago. It was the story about a friendship between three African-American men who grew up together in the inner city of Newark, New Jersey. Though they faced many pitfalls, they made a pact that they would beat the odds and all become doctors together... a dream each one of them realized. The three doctors have written a new book entitled, The Bond, in which each one reveals a painful childhood growing up without the strong presence of his father. They also explain the importance of the bond that exists between father and son. Following that, we'll bring you live music with the band Pinback. Band members Rob Crow and Zach Smith will join us live in the studio and play some tunes from their new album Autumn of the Seraphs. That's all in our second hour.

Enjoy your Columbus Day!