The Political Junkie
With the Republican presidential nomination all but locked up, Mitt Romney continues to reach out to conservative voters and a new poll shows his efforts may be paying off. After a long, challenging primary campaign, the CNN poll shows Romney's popularity is starting to rebound. Guest Political Junkie Matt Bai of The New York Times and host Neal Conan talk about the state of the Democratic and Republican bases and what voters on each side of the political spectrum are looking for in their candidates in the months ahead. The two also talk with Andy Stern, former president of the Service Employees International Union, and recap the week in politics, including the spark that reignited the "mommy wars," President Obama's taxes and the politics of the "Buffet Rule."
Drugs, Cuba and Scandal At Summit
President Barack Obama traveled to Cartagena, Colombia last week for the sixth Summit of the Americas. News from the summit was largely overshadowed by the Secret Service prostitution scandal, but a number of substantial policy issues arose as well. The President secured a free trade deal with Colombia and faced questions about U.S. drug policy in Latin America. Tensions also flared over Cuba's absence from the summit, and continued U.S. efforts to isolate the country. Syndicated Miami Herald columnist Andres Oppenhemier believes the first step to bringing Cuba back into the diplomatic community is to invite them to future summits as an observer. Host Neal Conan talks with Oppenheimer, about the summit, Cuba and the challenges of encouraging democracy in the region.
'Byrds' Frontman Roger McGuinn
Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame singer and guitarist Roger McGuinn, best known as the front man for The Byrds, is considered a pioneer of folk rock. The band blended traditional folk songs with a rock beat and scored major hits in the 1960's including "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Mr. Tambourine Man." The Byrds disbanded in 1973, and McGuinn pursued a solo career, performing acoustically and return to his folk roots. In 1995, he created the Folk Den Project, an online series to store traditional folk songs that he records once a month. Neal Conan talks with McGuinn about The Byrds and his solo career and about his work preserving folk music.
How Will You Use 'Google Glasses'?
Imagine putting on glasses that identify who you're talking with at any moment, direct you to the restaurant down the street and show you the lunch special and reviews, and turn your neighborhood into a virtual shopping mall or a medieval kingdom. Google plans to make at least some of it a reality later this year with the launch of what are known as augmented reality glasses. The prototype looks like a pair of high-end sunglasses, but has lenses that connect to a wearable computer and reportedly stream information in real-time about locations and people. It's the stuff of science fiction. In his 2006 thriller, Rainbow's End, author Vernor Vinge imagined a near future when people use high-tech contact lenses to interface with computers in their clothes. Host Neal Conan will talk with Vernor Vinge about Google's glasses and how me might use increasingly mobile computers in the future.