December 18th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, the politics of "biracial", and holiday sleepover etiquette. In our second our your Favorite Christmas Special, and Rick Warren's invocation at the Obama inauguration.
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December 18th Show

In the case of President-elect Barack Obama, the term "African American" applies to him in the most literal sense, but his racial identity has caused much controversy. Obama has said that, given his looks, people treat him as a black man and that he sees himself as African American. But some argue that it is time for Obama to acknowledge his biracial heritage. In our first hour, we'll talk about the politics of biracial identity. Chicago Tribune columnist Dawn Turner Trice and New York Law School professor Annette Gordon-Reed will talk about the ways blacks' identity has changed throughout history. At the end of the hour, "Ask Amy" syndicated columnist Amy Dickinson will give advice on proper etiquette when your relatives (and friends of your relatives) sleep-over during the holidays.

There are countless television Christmas specials bombarding our living rooms right now. Some we look forward to watching with much nostalgia... and others we can't click off fast enough. In our second hour, we'll talk about your favorites (and not so favorites) with Phil Roman, the original animator of the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, and Dan Snierson, senior writer for Entertainment Weekly. Call in or email us your picks! At the end of the hour, Steven Waldman, editor-in-chief and co-founder of, talks about Barack Obama's decision to have pastor Rick Warren deliver the invocation at his inauguration.