March 5th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, NPR News Special, post-Ohio and Texas, Intervention, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela dispute.
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March 5th Show

Our first hour today will be branded a NPR News Special, with host Neal Conan. You'll hear the proper trumpet fanfare letting you know that for the full hour we will be talking about the results of last night's presidential primaries. Mike Huckabee has dropped out of the race and now John McCain is officially the Republican nominee after winning in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island...and getting the endorsement of President Bush this morning. On the Democratic side, the battle goes on. Hillary claimed victory in Ohio and Texas and Rhode Island last night, but Obama still leads in the delegate count. So where do we go from here? Our own senior Washington editor Ron Elving will join Neal Conan and campaign managers for Clinton, Obama and McCain for a look at what's changed in this election. Towards the end of the hour, we'll talk to former Congresswoman and 1984 Democratic vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.

In our second hour, it's back to Talk of the Nation. *cue familiar theme music here* We will talk about the often painful decision families make in confronting loved ones who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. How exactly does intervention work? And how effective is confrontation when the addict hasn't hit rock bottom? Guests will talk about the pros and cons of staging interventions for drug and alcohol abusers. Following that discussion, we'll talk about Venezuela and Ecuador's growing conflict with Colombia. Last weekend, Colombia crossed the border and conducted a deadly assault against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (or FARC) rebel camp inside Ecuador.