February 11th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, the Political Junkie and Rep. John Digell, and your six word memoirs of love and heartbreak. In our second hour, Henry Louis Gates, Jr on Looking for Lincoln and faith-based initiatives and the Obama administration.
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February 11th Show

It's Wednesday and time... for another trivia question! Okay, that... and political news. Congress and the White House are moving closer to a final deal on the stimulus package. Ken Rudin will talk about that could mean, and more, including President Obama's prime time news conference last Monday night. We'll also talk with Rep. John Dingell (D-MI). As of today, Rep. Dingell is the longest-serving Representative ever. Following that, in honor of "Love Day" coming up this Saturday, we'll hear your stories of love and heartbreak... in six words. This one isn't mine (really, it isn't) but I remember reading one memoir that said, "Fell in love. Married someone else." Deep, right? You can say a lot in six words. At the end of the first hour, share your six word tales of love.

The legacy of Abraham Lincoln was mentioned quite often during Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Lincoln has long been thought of as a great emancipator of blacks in slavery. But in a new documentary, scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. tells how he learned that Lincoln may have hated slavery, but he also told racist jokes, and wanted to resolve America's racial dilemma, by sending blacks back to Africa. Gates will talk about more about his documentary Looking for Lincoln which begins airing tonight on PBS. (check your local listings.) And, last week, the President announced that he will continue the Bush administration's faith-based initiatives through a new Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, will join us at the end of the hour to talk about the new council and whether hiring practices will be different on President Obama's watch.