March 12th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, Political Junkie, Stephen King, Magic(ians), Q&A on STDs.
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March 12th Show

In today's Political Junkie, NPR's Ken Rudin talks about New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's announcement that he is resigning amid allegations that he was a client in a high-end prostitution ring. We'll also look back at yesterday's primary results in Mississippi, and look ahead to Pennsylvania. And we'll discuss Geraldine Ferraro's recent remarks about Sen. Barack Obama. Ferraro, a former Democratic vice-presidential nominee was quoted as saying: "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept." Former presidential campaign manager Susan Estrich will explain how campaigns deal with the fall-out when candidate surrogates make controversial comments. Following that, we'll talk with horror guru Stephen King. The man who has sent shivers up our spines and blankets over our heads will talk about his love for....comic books. What? Actually it does make sense. Marvel comics has just released the next installment in a series of comic books inspired by King's Dark Tower series.

There's not much I remember about my early childhood. One thing I do remember is being about four years old and clapping my hands in excitement whenever I saw a particular gentleman friend of the family. That's because I knew whenever he saw me, he would do a magic trick for me. Usually it was of the basic pull a quarter out of my ear variety, but I adored it! I've been a true fan of magic (and our family friend) ever since. In our second hour, New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik will talk about the future of modern magic, and magician Jamy Ian Swiss talks about the art of teaching and preserving "old school" magic tricks. Following that, we will answer your questions about a disturbing study that reports one in four teenage American girls has a sexually transmitted disease.