October 21st Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, women and politics, and Juan Williams' termination.  In our second hour, study skills,and the Gulf.
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October 21st Show

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Women and Politics
More women are running for political office this year — and more of them are Republicans. Since Sarah Palin reclaimed feminism for conservative women and coined the term 'mama grizzly,' a diverse field of women stepped forward to challenge traditional notions of what women candidates should look like, how they should campaign and who will vote for them. Rebecca Traister, author of Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women, Emily Bazelon of Slate.com, and Linda Chavez, a former candidate for Senate and now Chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, discuss how the political landscape has changed for women in politics — and what obstacles remain for women who aspire to national office.

NPR Ombudsman on Juan Williams
Last night, NPR terminated the contract of Senior News Analyst Juan Williams following remarks made on Fox News' O'Reilly Factor.  Host Neal Conan talks with NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard about the circumstances surrounding the ending of the contract, and we hear reaction from listeners.

Study Skills
Parents and teachers often drill study habits into their students: find a quiet location, keep a routine, concentrate on one subject at a time. The tactics all sound familiar, but research indicates that they don't work. New York Times reporter Benedict Carey highlights several different studies that debunk the myths about studying, and tells us what habits really do work. He'll discuss his piece Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits with host Neal Conan.

The Gulf
Six months ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up and sank in the Gulf of Mexico. The initial explosion grabbed the nation's attention, but few imagined what was to come. As the oil spread, writer Terry Tempest Williams felt compelled to bear witness to the devastation and share the stories of those most affected. Neal Conan speaks with Williams about how the residents of the Gulf coast continue to suffer, even as the tragedy fades from the headlines.