February 4th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, political junkie, and plot line continuity with the script coordinator of Lost. In our second hour, making ends meet in a "Gig Economy" and stabilizing Afghanistan
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February 4th Show

It's Wednesday, and time for Ken Rudin and the Political Junkie... And there is SO much to talk about. Tax issues take down Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer in one fell swoop, impeached Rod Blagojevich continues to feel misunderstood, and the Republican National Committee elects Michael Steele as their fearless leader. Thomas Rath, former Attorney General of New Hampshire, will talk about the Democratic governor of New Hampshire's recent appointment of a Republican to fill the state's senate seat. Following political news, we'll talk to Gregg Nations, the co-producer and script coordinator of the hit TV series Lost, about the intricacies of following script continuity, twisting plot lines and time travel to always keep you wondering "What's Next?"

When I was a member of a band, telling people I had a gig coming up sort of made me feel cool... Mainly because "gig" was that laid-back-sounding word used exclusively by musicians and creative "cats" to describe their next "hit". Nowadays, "gig" still sounds cool, but it's not so exclusive. Guest Tina Brown claims that we are in the age of a "Gig Economy" and that anyone trying to pay the rent is hustling to the next gig. Brown, founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, and Sara Horowitz, the executive director of the Freelancers Union, will talk about the growing number of Americans who are being pushed to change the way they work -- and the new lingo being used to describe it. Have you turned to freelancing or part-time work recently? How is it working out for you? Tell us in our second hour. Then, we'll talk with Lt. Col. John Nagl (Ret.), senior fellow at The Center for a New American Security. Nagl was part of a team that wrote the book on military tactics in Iraq. Those strategies have been credited for bringing some stability to region. We'll ask him how lessons learned from those strategies could help stabilize Afghanistan.