The Political Junkie
Former Democratic Congressman Buddy Roemer is the second person to officially toss his name in the Republican field for president. After four terms in the House, Roemer was elected as governor of Louisiana and switched to the Republican Party. He's now running his primary campaign on an anti-big money platform: He says he'll take on "Big Oil," ethanol subsidies and special interest money. Host Neal Conan and political editor Ken Rudin will speak with Roemer on this week's Political Junkie. They'll also recap the week in politics, from Senators Akaka's and Ensign's retirement announcements to the budget vote in the Senate.
Ivory Coast Unrest
Hundreds of people have been killed in the three-month-long political crisis in the Ivory Coast. Security forces loyal to disputed incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo attacked and killed civilians marching for peace. In addition, the country's economy continues to struggle and many Ivorians have lost access to basic needs, like water and electricity. Neal Conan talks with NPR correspondent Ofeibia Quist-Arcton about the unrest in the Ivory Coast, and attempts to settle the situation.
Gas prices have been rising as a wave of unrest spreads across the Middle East and North Africa. The effects have been felt by many Americans, who have had to absorb higher fuel costs within their normal budgets. Host Neal Conan talks with Steve Everly, a reporter from the Kansas City Star, about what people are doing to cope with the high prices, and Chris Steiner, staff writer for Forbes and author of $20 Per Gallon, about possible positive outcomes of even higher prices in the future.
NPR Gotcha Video
Today, NPR announced that NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned. This follows yesterday's release of a secretly taped video showing then-NPR senior vice president for fundraising Ron Schiller (no relation) making disparaging remarks about conservatives and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding. Host Neal Conan talks with NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik about the latest developments.