March 21st: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie recaps the week in politics, and C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb talks about the future of C-SPAN and why he's stepping down. In the second hour, the evolution of the NFL quarterback, and the effectiveness of aspirin as a prevention drug.
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March 21st: What's On Today's Show

Generic aspirin lie inside a bottle March 14, 2006 in Des Plaines, Illinois. In our second hour, NPR's Rob Stein talks about the effectiveness of aspirin as a prevention drug. Tim Boyle/Getty Images hide caption

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The Political Junkie
Mitt Romney won the Illinois primary Tuesday and captured at least 41 of the 54 delegates at stake. He now leads Rick Santorum by some 300 delegates in the race to 1,144, the number needed to secure the nomination. Unlike the 2008 presidential campaign, when Republicans awarded delegates by state, they're now awarded proportionally by Congressional district. While that's increasing the power of many late voting states, it's worrying some party leaders that no candidate may be able to claim the nomination before the convention. Host Neal Conan and Political Junkie Ken Rudin will speak with Mike Duncan, a former chair of the Republican National Committee, about the rules change and how the party may ultimately determine the nominee. Ken and Neal will also recap the week in politics, from the president's reported decision to fast track a section of the Keystone XL pipeline to the new House budget.

C-SPAN's Brian Lamb
Thirty-three years after he founded C-SPAN, Brian Lamb plans to step down as CEO on April 1st. Lamb became a pioneer in cable television when he pushed for public access to government proceedings. Congress at first resisted, but the House eventually opened its doors to cameras and the Senate later followed. Lamb and C-SPAN remain fiercely non-partisan and low-key, giving equal time and voice to Democrats, Republicans and independents. Host Neal Conan talks to Brian Lamb about establishing the unbiased watchdog of the congressional chambers, the future of C-SPAN and why he's stepping down now.

The Evolution Of The Quarterback
Long-time Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will now wear a Denver Bronco jersey, for $96 million over five years. The Denver deal for Manning leaves the wildly popular Tim Tebow looking for a new job, as the National Football League's free agency season remains in full swing. The Colts are expected to draft Stanford University quarterback Andrew Luck. In college and the NFL, more athletic QBs pose a growing challenge to the pocket passers. Host Neal Conan talks with NPR correspondent Mike Pesca about the evolution of the QB — how the role of the quarterback, and the game itself, has changed.

Can Aspirin Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer?
A pair of new studies published in The Lancet and Lancet Oncology find that taking aspirin daily may significantly reduce the risk of many cancers and prevent tumors from spreading. Clinical trials conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford revealed that men and women taking aspirin everyday for three years or longer were about 25 percent less likely to develop cancer than those not taking aspirin. Many experts view the findings as promising, but public health officials warn that the risks may still outweigh the benefits. Previous studies have shown that long-term regular doses of aspirin can gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhagic strokes. Neal Conan talks with NPR's Rob Stein about the studies and the effectiveness of aspirin as a prevention drug.