March 18th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, SCOTUS: Guns, Federal Reserve explainer, letters, Obama speech.
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March 18th Show

In today's first hour, we'll hear audio from today's Supreme Court proceedings in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller. The Court is now in a position to decide whether or not the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own guns. Our guests will be Los Angeles Times Supreme Court reporter David Savage and the two main lawyers who argued the case today. Following that, we'll answer your questions about the Federal Reserve Board with the former director of the Federal Reserve Board's Division of Monetary Affairs. And we'll read from your letters and blog comments and hear from author ZZ Packer about which century she'd like her personal time travel machine to land in.

For our entire second hour today, we will talk to guests about a speech made earlier today by Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama where he addressed the issue of race and how it has played out in this election. In his speech, Obama said, in part:

"...Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, black and white, I have never been so naive as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle, or with a single candidacy -- particularly a candidacy as imperfect as my own. But I have asserted a firm conviction -- a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people -- that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice is we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union...."

Guests in our second hour talk about their reaction to Obama's speech on race and controversial remarks made by his longtime pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright.