Voting on Ballot Initiatives
When Americans go to the polls today, voters in almost 40 states will be voting not just on candidates, but on ballot measures touching on issues from taxes and marijuana to UFOs. At least 160 state ballot initiatives are up for grabs today. While high profile ballot measures in recent years have focused on social issues like gay marriage and race-based preferences, this year the stagnant economy has prompted a slew of measures that seek to shrink the size — and the cost — of government. Stateline.org reporter Pamela Prah joins host Neal Conan for a look at some of the ballot initiatives coming to a vote nationwide, from taxes and budgets, to UFOs and climate change.
Politics on the Big Screen
Movies with Murray is back with a special political edition. Host Neal Conan and Talk of the Nation's favorite film buff Murray Horwitz will countdown the best election movies, from Citizen Kane to Napoleon Dynamite to the ever-popular roman a clef, Primary Colors. We'll elect a Best Election Movie winner, with help from our listeners.
Dionne Warwick, My Life, As I See It
For 50 years, award-winning singer Dionne Warwick delivered some of music's biggest hits: Walk on By, Don't Make Me Over, I'll Never Love This Way Again. She came from a musically gifted family and started a career that crossed over from R&B to pop. But amid her fame, came controversies — her many loves, her affiliation with the Psychic Friends Network and her tumultuous break-up with the music producers who helped launch her career. In her memoir, My Life, As I See It, Warwick says her career "has been one overflowing with the type of excitement, travels and success that comes along with being an entertainer." Host Neal Conan talks to Warwick about her music, her life and her autobiography.
What to Watch For In Tonight's Election
The polls and pundits have been weighing in for months. Will the Tea Party knock off the majority leader in Nevada? Will a wrestling magnate win the match for Connecticut's senate seat? Well, it's finally time for the voters to answer those questions. As the election night returns come in there's going to be a lot to digest. But don't reach for the antacid. Our political junkie Ken Rudin will join Neal Conan to offer a select diet of races to watch that will decide the balance of power in Washington, and around the country.