Monday, June 30, 2008 : Blog Of The Nation Today's TotN: top McCain and Obama advisers on the economy, Dr. John, viral videos, and dinner with Mugabe.
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Monday, June 30, 2008

We're excited to inaugurate a new series, called "Issues Monday," today. Every week, we'll invite senior advisers to the two presumptive nominees to join us, to talk about one issue in particular. To start things off, we'll focus on the economy.

Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin, who used to direct the Congressional Budget Office, is the senior economic adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Daniel Tarullo, former Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, is the senior economic adviser to Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). In the first hour, you'll be able to ask each of them about his candidate's economic platform. The horse race goes on, but not in Studio 3A....

"The Opinion Page" usually features editorialists from magazines and newspapers. On today's show, we're going to do something different. The inimitable Dr. John will join us, from our New York bureau, to talk about his new album and his home, NOLA. It's our first "pOP-ED," as Barrie put it.

In our second hour, we're going to focus on viral videos. How does a homemade movie, posted on YouTube, become a phenomenon? Can it happen overnight? We'll talk with Jonah Peretti, who developed BuzzFeed, co-founded The Huffington Post, and started; Lauren Bernat, who was featured in a video, shot by her boyfriend, playing Wii Fit in her underwear (4.5 million people have seen it); and Daisy Whitney, who wrote "Real or Fake? Do We Even Care?," about viral videos.

Lastly, we'll ask Heidi Holland, journalist and one-time dinner guest of Robert Mugabe, for her thoughts on his inauguration.