March 7th: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, a post-Super Tuesday edition of the political junkie. In the second hour, caring for aging inmates in overcrowded prisons, and protecting yourself against cell phone hackers.
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March 7th: What's On Today's Show

George Ladabouche stands at the entrance to his cell at the state prison in Newport, Vt., March 5, 2003. TOBY TALBOT/AP hide caption

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The Political Junkie
Mitt Romney eked out a victory in Ohio's Super Tuesday primary. It was the closest of ten races yesterday, and the most closely watched. Rick Santorum came in a close second. Newt Gingrich took his home state of Georgia, Romney won six, and in all and Santorum kept his campaign alive by winning three. Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins guest host John Donvan to recap the split-decision on Super Tuesday — and look ahead to the months ahead in the presidential campaign. They'll also look at the rest of the political news from the week, from the retirement of veteran Rep. Norm Dicks to the politics of Israel and the ongoing controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh.

Aging In Prison
Overcrowded prisons already coping with budget pressures face a new challenge: The growing demands of an aging inmate population that represents the fastest growing group in U.S. prisons, according a recent report by Human Rights Watch. With limited state budgets, prison setups, and facilities, prison officials are trying new ways to provide care and, in some cases, release inmates early. One program in California trains convicted killers to help care for fellow prisoners with dementia. While in Colorado, another program prepares long-term, well-behaved inmates for life outside of jail and provides a chance for early release. Guest host John Donvan talks with Cheryl Steed of California Men's Colony and Tim Hand of the Colorado Department of Corrections about their new programs to deal with aging populations in prisons.

Hackers Target Your Phone
The viruses, spam and malware that have plagued desktop computers for years now increasingly threaten mobile smart phones, as well. More text messages now deliver scams and a growing number of malicious apps install spyware, target personal information and attempt to charge users hidden fees. It's a particular problem on smart phones running Android software. But as more and more people bank, surf and do business on smart phones of all kinds, security companies warn that cyber-criminals will follow the money from the desktop PC to the mobile phone. Guest host John Donvan talks with an expert about the rise in mobile malware and what users can do to protect themselves.