February 3rd Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, culture wars, criticizing Michael Phelps and remembering the Big Bopper. In our second hour, managing layoffs, air strikes and al-Qaeda , and your letters.
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February 3rd Show

Culture wars. A confrontation of ideas. Right vs. Wrong. Conservatives vs. Liberals. The "haves" vs. the "have-nots". It is safe to say we are smack dab in the middle of our own culture war, and in it's midst, President Obama has vowed to bring bipartisanship to the negotiation table, fostering relationships with Republican leaders. Is that possible? Guests with opposing points of view discuss the landscape of how the culture war is changing, not only in The White House, but in the country. Then, to bong or not to bong? That is the question. Okay, not really. But we will talk about whether or not Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps should be criticized for taking a bong hit last weekend. USA Today columnist Christine Brennan says absolutely, he should. And today marks "The Day the Music Died." Fifty years ago, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and a disc jockey, who called himself the Big Bopper, were killed in a plane crash. At the end of the first hour, we'll remember the "Big Bopper," JP Richardson.

The pink slips just keep coming. As more and more layoffs are announced, employees who remain usually deal with pangs of survivor's guilt. In our second hour, we'll take a look at what happens to workers who didn't get laid off, and whether there really is a good and a bad way to let someone go. Then, we'll talk to NPR's Intelligence and National Security Correspondent Tom Gjelten about reports that senior U.S. officials claim that air strikes have "decimated" al-Qaeda's leadership in Pakistan. Could this be a signal that al-Qaeda is close to defeat? Also in our second hour, we'll read from your email and blog comments.