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Every election is about change of some kind, but this year it's the buzzword of presidential candidates from Barack Obama to Mitt Romney.  Are they all saying the same thing or does the same word convey a range of political messages--depending on what an individual voter wants to hear? Also, the Federal Reserve avoids using the "R" word, and remembering Sir Edmund Hillary.


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Main Topic Presidental Politics and the Promise of Change 37 MIN, 10 SEC

Barack Obama has been talking about "change" since the outset of his presidential campaign.  After he won the Iowa caucuses, other candidates began using the word so often it's become a mantra—not just for Democrats, but Republicans too.  Are they all saying the same thing, or are they using the same word to convey different messages? Does "change" mean hope? Is it the opposite of experience? Does it mean seeing the last of George W. Bush or doing the same things, only better? Do voters want real change or a vague promise they can invest with their own expectations? We talk about the language and substance of politics.

Guests:
Mathew Littman, former speechwriter for Senator Joe Biden
Thomas Hollihan, University of Southern California
Michael Kinsley, Columnist, Time magazine
Robert Samuelson, Newsweek and Washington Post
Glenn W. Smith, Senior Fellow, Rockridge Institute

Reporter's Notebook Sir Edmund Hillary, First to Reach Top of Everest, Dead at 88 5 MIN, 22 SEC

Since the first ascent of the world's highest mountain on May 29, 1953, more than 4000 people have climbed Mt. Everest. But the first two did it with equipment that would now be considered primitive. Tibetan guide Tenzing Norgay died in 1986. Sir Edmund Hillary died today in New Zealand at the age of 88. When he returned home after climbing Mt. Everest, Hillary was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. A 20th Century pioneer, along with Charles Lindbergh and Neil Armstrong, was Hillary the first man to stand at the crest of the Himalayas at 29,000 feet? Eric Simonson is co-owner of International Mountain Guides, which leads groups up Everest.

Guests:
Eric Simonson, Co-Owner, International Mountain Guides

Making News Is the US Economy Sliding into Recession? 6 MIN, 7 SEC

Ben Bernanke says the Federal Reserve is "not currently forecasting a recession," but a lot of people are worried. Paul Ashworth is senior US economist at Capital Economics in Toronto, Canada.

Guests:
Paul Ashworth, Senior US Economist, Capital Economics

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