January 7th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, how do you decide who to vote for?, opinion page, college football, "How to Rig an Election."
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January 7th Show

Today and tomorrow, Neal Conan is away and NPR's Mike Pesca will be in the host's chair. You may have heard him on Day to Day and The Bryant Park Project. This afternoon he makes his debut on Talk of the Nation. We're happy to have him!

In case you haven't heard, there's a serious battle going on in the race to the White House and it's pretty tight on both sides. So when it's time to cast your vote, how do you decide who to vote for? Is it really about rhetoric surrounding the important issues? Or does it all come down to personality? In our first hour, we'll talk about which issues have the greatest influence on voters and how voters react to the ways politicians brand themselves. Following that, we'll talk with Joseph Ellis about his article that appeared in The Los Angeles Times where he outlines why he feels most politicians are not good at fullfilling their campaign promises. His piece is entitled A Promise of Unpredictability.

I'm not even going to begin to attempt to explain our second hour topic. We're going to discuss the debate surrounding whether or not college football playoffs are a good (or bad) idea. Please weigh in if you have any opinion about this one. If, on the other hand, you are like me and haven't a clue what anything relating to college football means, listen closely to our second hour because we're going to explain how college football currently determines which team is the best, and if that system should be changed. I promise at the next football scream-off, you'll sound like a pro (sorry, no pun intended). At the end of the hour, Allen Raymond will join us to talk about his book, "How To Rig An Election: Confessions Of a Republican Operative."