April 14th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, working class voters, e-government, Cal Ripken, Jr., the secret life of elevators.
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April 14th Show

Last week Senator Barack Obama spoke at a private fundraiser in San Francisco and talked about his challenge to win the vote of the working class in Pennsylvania and Indiana. Here was his explanation:

...it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations....

Obama's remarks were later criticized by his Democratic rival Senator Hillary Clinton and the presumptive Republican nominee, Senator John McCain. In our first hour today, we'll talk about the voters in the working class sector in America. Who are they? What issues are important to them? And are they, in fact, bitter? Following that, we'll talk to Andrew Rasiej about his op-ed that appeared on Politico.com last week about why we should expect more from government websites.

In our second hour, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr will join us to talk about his long career in baseball, and the eight elements of perseverance that make a difference. He outlines them in his book, Get In The Game, now out in paperback. Following that, we'll take a ride with New Yorker staff writer Nick Paumgarten and find out about the strange day-to-day life of an elevator. How do you define your experience with being vertically transported on one? Fondness? Or phobia?