October 27th show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie, and Marvel comics' creator Stan Lee.  In the second hour, the author of "First Family: Abigail and John Adams," and the World Series opens.
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October 27th show

In our second hour, author Joseph Ellis talks about the couple that he calls "the premier husband and wife team in all of American history"--John and Abigail Adams. hide caption

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The Political Junkie
It's the last Political Junkie before the 2010 midterms and Ken Rudin has your up-to-the-minute election scorecard, including a forecast for the House that's changing by the minute.  Plus, we'll look at Senate and gubernatorial races that are too close to call, like the Illinois Senate race, and the nail-biter for Oregon's statehouse.  Plus, Sen. Michael Bennet is running neck and neck with his Republican challenger Ken Buck in Colorado, and Vermont's gubernatorial race between Democratic candidate Peter Shumlin and Republican Brian Dubie is a toss-up.  All that, and we'll tell you the latest on Carly Fiorina's hospital stay, head-stomping by a Rand Paul supporter, Obama on the Daily Show, and trials for Tom Delay, Charlie Rangel, and Rod Blagojevich.

Stan Lee
Stan Lee built Marvel Comics into a multi-media giant. The comic book legend took the post of publisher of Marvel in 1972.  Lee co-created Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Iron Man and too many others to name.  But four years before taking over at Marvel, in August 1968, Stan Lee sat down for an interview with a teenaged Neal Conan for WBAI radio in New York (and we'll play the tape to prove it).  Now forty-two years later, as a book called The Stan Lee Universe readies to launch, the person most responsible for the what many call "the Marvel Age of Comics" is back to speak with host Neal Conan.

"First Family: Abigail and John Adams"
America's founding fathers are revered for their historical achievements, but rarely have we been offered a window onto their personal lives, faults and foibles. Historian Joseph Ellis' new book, First Family: Abigail and John Adams,draws from decades of correspondence between America's second president and his wife, confidant and trusted advisor, to illuminate and humanize the tempestuous early years of the United States. The more than 1,000 letters, exchanged by two people who considered themselves intellectual equals, reveal not only John Adams' achievements and Abigail's sacrifices, but also provide an intimate look at John's insecurities and life-long lust for fame -- all in an era rife with partisanship and political backstabbing. Joseph Ellis joins Neal Conan to discuss the couple that he calls "the premier husband and wife team in all of American history."

The World Series
The World Series opens tonight between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers. Fans expect an exciting series between the ace pitching of the Giants, and the powerful hitting of the Rangers. Today, host -- and die hard Yankee fan -- Neal Conan talks with sports columnists from Texas and San Francisco about which team claims the biggest fans and what to expect tonight on the field.