December 1st show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation: a bipartisan edition of the political junkie.  In our second hour: HIV testing -- who gets tested and why, and World Aids Day remembrances.
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December 1st show
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The Political Junkie
Republicans headed to the White House for the so-called "Slurpee Summit" — but who knows if they even agreed on a flavor. Bipartisanship is getting harder and harder to find on the Hill, and in political conversations across the nation. Guest host Tony Cox talks with the Political Junkie Ken Rudin about who's bucking the trend — like the new group "No Labels," which is dedicated to bringing Democrats and Republicans together to end gridlock and find common ground. Founding leader David Frum talks about the search for moderation in government.

HIV Testing
More than 200,000 people in the U.S. are living with HIV and don't know it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On World AIDS Day, the CDC has announced a higher focus on getting people tested — especially those who are at higher risk.  Guest host Tony Cox talks with Dr. Bernard Branson, an associate director for HIV/AIDS prevention at the CDC, about the reasons people give for not being tested and why he believes it's so important for everyone — at high risk or not — to be tested.

World Aids Day Remembered
Modern medicine has made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS.  Still, more than a million Americans are HIV positive and over the years, nearly 600,000 people with AIDS have died in this country.  On World Aids Day, we are reminded of the people who've fought for better treatment and against the stigma of the disease.  We're also reminded of those who aren't in our lives because of the pandemic. Guest host Tony Cox talks with callers about who they would like remember — or acknowledge — on World Aids Day.

The Fight Over Who Controls Your Web Traffic
Broadband, title 1, title II, Level 3, ISP — if you're not in the Internet business, net neutrality can be a confusing alphabet soup. But the outcome of the debate over how phone and cable companies manage traffic on the Internet could shape the future of the web, and anyone who uses it —  particularly if you download music or stream movies on your home computer. "Wired" magazine's Ryan Singel joins host Tony Cox to explain net neutrality, why it matters, and what's at stake when the Federal Communications Commission votes on it later this month.