May 24th Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the debate over voter ID laws, and what happens when you're sentenced to John School. In the second hour the role of political spouses and your emails and web comments.
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May 24th Show

Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (L) and his wife Cindy McCain wave to supporters during a campaign rally in Tuscora Park October 31, 2008 in New Philadelphia, Ohio. In our second hour, we'll talk about the role of political spouses. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Voter ID
More than half of states now require voters to present some type of identification at the polls. Nine of those states require voters to present a government-issued photo ID, and in January, Kansas will become number ten. In a piece in the Wall Street Journal, Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach argues that photo IDs are already required for many routine activities and, "it's not unreasonable to require one in order to protect our most important privilege of citizenship." Opponents of voter identification mandates argue that cases of voter fraud are blown out of proportion and that such requirements have a disproportionate impact on minorities, the poor and the elderly. Host Neal Conan talks with Kobach, a co-author of Arizona's SB 1070 illegal immigration law, about the case for voter ID, and with Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt about how ID laws affect voters.

'John School'
One Saturday each month former prostitutes, health experts, psychologists and law enforcement officers come together in Nashville to teach "Johns" about the damaging effects of their choice to pay for sex. Set in a church, The John School sets out to teach first time offenders of sex solicitation about the risks of hiring a prostitute. Similar programs have been started in other cities around the country. Host Neal Conan speaks with Nashville's John School program director, Kenny Baker.

Political Spouses
Political spouses often play a key role in campaigns. They can push their candidate over the top, or undermine their candidacy. But the roles that political spouses play in America have evolved over the years, and the options now range from policy wonk to astronaut. Host Neal Conan talks with Connie Schultz, Pulitzer prize-winning columnist and wife of Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) about what voters expect from political spouses and their changing role in campaigns.

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