The Political Junkie
Mitt Romney bounced back from his second place South Carolina finish with a sizable win in the Florida primary Tuesday. His closest rival, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, is vowing he'll stay in the campaign until the convention. Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins host Neal Conan to discuss the Florida primary results, and for a look ahead. They'll speak with Maine Public Broadcasting's Jay Field about the Caucus that begins there Saturday. They'll also hear from Steve Sebelius, who writes the SlashPolitics blog for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, about the votes in Nevada on Saturday, plus the role of Latinos in the West.
Governor Christine Gregoire
While campaigning for a second term, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire publicly stated that she believed the issue of same-sex marriage should be decided by the church. In January, Gregoire announced her support of same-sex marriage. She proceeded to file a bill legalizing same-sex marriage that is currently working its way through the state legislature. Gregoire has promised to sign the bill if its passed. Host Neal Conan talks with outgoing Washington Governor Christine Gregoire about her change of heart.
The Future Of Segregation
According to a new report from the Manhattan Institute, U.S. metropolitan areas now more integrated now than they have been at any time since 1910. Many African Americans have moved from industrial cities to the Sunbelt states. Due to a rise in gentrification and immigration, neighborhoods with all-white residents are nearly obsolete. And while ghettos still exist, most are dwindling. Yet the decline of segregation does not mean racial inequality is a thing of the past. Neal Conan talks with Jacob Vigdor of the Manhattan Institute about the report and Sheryll Cashin of Georgetown University about what the data means about the future of segregation.
Last month, SPIN magazine's senior editor Christopher Weingarten announced a new experiment. In 2012, SPIN is hoping to review 1,500 albums, mixtapes and EPs exclusively on the @SPINReviews Twitter feed. Weingarten believes that this new format is a response to the evolution of music criticism and how music lovers find new bands. Critics believe the limit of 140 characters is killing the music review. Host Neal Conan speaks with Spin Senior Editor Christopher Weingarten about the project.
Remembering Don Cornelius
Don Cornelius, the host and creator of 'Soul Train,' has died of an apparent suicide. Adolfo Quinones, also known as Shabba Doo, was one of the program's original dancers. He joins NPR's Neal Conan to remember Cornelius.