May 12th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, Kentucky Political Junkie. In our second hour, red vs. blue families, and Greek debt crisis.
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May 12th Show

New research shows that many of our assumptions about family values between red states and blue states could be wrong. Conservative states have traditional family values, but more teen pregnancies. Liberal states tend to have the lowest divorce rates. In our second hour, the authors of "Red Families V. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture" explain the paradox. hide caption

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Kentucky Political Junkie
In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Rand Paul and Trey Grayson are going head-to-head to secure the Republican Party's nomination to run for the U.S. Senate seat, currently held by Jim Bunning. Every candidate knows he has to stop by Studio 3A on the campaign trail. Today, Paul and Grayson make a stop along the campaign trail to talk with Neal Conan and Political Junkie Ken Rudin. And of course we'll hear about other big news of the week, including the president's nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, a political victory for Jimmy Carter's grandson, Bob Bennett's poor showing at the Utah Republican Party's nominating convention, and the next round of primary elections.

Should You Quit Facebook?
Many Facebook users are upset over recent privacy changes by the company. One group declared a "Facebook Protest Day" next month and urge users not to logon. Slate tech columnist Farhad Manjoo talks about the growing controversy over Facebook's privacy settings, and whether or not the company has gone too far.

Red Families vs. Blue Families
Many of our assumptions about the cultural divide between red and blue states may be wrong. New research shows that more liberal states, like Massachusetts, tend to have the lowest divorce rates. While the highest teen birth rates tend to be in more conservative states, which often have more traditional family values. Law professors Naomi Cahn and June Carbone studied cultural and family values across the country and explain this paradox in their book, Red Families V. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture.

Greek Debt Crisis
News of Europe's massive bailout to prop up the Greek economy helped boost Wall Street this week, but Greece's massive debt problems have many wondering if the United States, with its own ballooning deficits, could eventually find itself in the same boat. In an article for the New York Times , columnist David Leonhardt argues that both the U.S. and Greek governments habitually spend more than they take in, and that remedying the situation requires tough choices for policy makers and taxpayers. Leonhardt explains the parallels between U.S. and Greek debt, and why there are no quick fixes.