FROM Ken Rudin
A History of Primaries and Caucuses Republican presidential candidates are getting ready to rumble in Las Vegas tonight in the final GOP debate of 2015. But the real presidential fight kicks off February 1. That’s when the Iowa caucuses take place, followed by the New Hampshire primaries on February 9. So what’s the difference between a caucus and a primary? Is one any better than the other? Also, why do two relatively smaller states get to be such big factors in deciding our nation’s highest office? New Hampshire presidential primary plaque in Concord, NH Photo by Billy Hathorn
The Day After: Post-Primary Analysis of Super Tuesday Hour 1: NPR News analyzes the results of one of the most anticipated Super Tuesdays in years. Host Neal Conan talks with callers and guests about who won where and why. What were the surprises? How did voting break down along age, ethnicity and gender lines? Hour 2: Presidential candidates are already looking ahead to the next round of primaries that will bring the nation closer to its final line up of presidential contenders. Neal Conan will take calls from the battleground states and talk with endorsers and strategists for the various campaigns about their strategies for moving ahead.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?