August 24th: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of Nation, the political junkie, and identifying early onset dementia. In the second hour, modern Mormonism, and preaching a healthy diet from the church pulpit.
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August 24th: What's On Today's Show

At the end of the second hour, Reverend Michael Minor talks about his efforts to preach about healthy nutrition from the pulpit. hide caption

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The Political Junkie
Republican front runner Mitt Romney and his more moderate challenger Jon Huntsman remain fixated on New Hampshire. The two are not playing in Iowa though, the state with the first in the nation caucuses. Political junkie Ken Rudin and guest host Rebecca Roberts will talk with Des Moines Register pollster Anne Selzer about how the field is faring in Iowa: With Tim Pawlenty out, Rick Perry in, and the front runner 1200 miles east. Ken and Rebecca will also recap the week in politics, from Michele Bachmann's claim to bring gas down to $2 a gallon to Russ Feingold ruling out a race for Senate or governor.

Early Onset Dementia
Pat Summit, the Hall of Fame coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team, revealed that she's been diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of 59. With the support of the team, she plans to keep working as long as possible. With eight national championships under her belt, she's been credited with helping to improve visibility for women's college sports. Host Rebecca Roberts speaks with an expert on Alzheimer's and dementia to better understand how early onset dementia is identified, and what a diagnosis might mean for patients.

Mormons: Faith And Perceptions
With The Book of Mormon getting rave reviews on Broadway and two presidential candidates who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormons again find themselves in the spotlight. Yet, many Americans know little, if anything, about the Mormon faith and much of what they do know comes from myths or misperceptions. The Church launched a media campaign this year that aims to introduce people to the Mormon faith and the lives of everyday Mormons. Guest host Rebecca Roberts talks with San Diego State University professor Joanna Brooks about the faith, experience, perceptions and misperceptions of modern Mormons.

Health From The Pulpit
Mississippi ranks first in rates of deaths from heart disease, second in rates of adult diabetes and adult obesity and ranks last on the list for life expectancy. Many in the Delta region eat fried, greasy foods that are a key part of the traditional cuisine. Reverend Michael Minor, head of the Oak Hill Baptist church in Mississippi is on a mission to change the Delta diet, establishing "No Fry Zones" in churches and teaching members about healthy eating options. Guest host Rebecca Roberts talks with Reverend Minor about his efforts to preach health from the pulpit.