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Thu March 29, 2012
March 29th: What's On Today's Show
Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 10:03 am
Reading Between The Lines At The Supreme Court
Final arguments wrapped up yesterday at the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. It will be June before any decision from the justices, and legal analysts and pundits are parsing every question and exchange in the 6 1/2 hours of debate for a hint of how they might rule. But the oral arguments only represent part of the decision making process for the Supreme Court, and it's difficult to assess what, if any, changes will ultimately be made to the Affordable Care Act. Host Neal Conan speaks with Los Angeles Times Supreme Court correspondent David Savage about the highlights of this week's arguments. He also speaks with two people who've argued before the Supreme Court: former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal and law professor Randy Barnett. Both will read between the lines of this week's arguments, discuss what the Justices will do between now and the ruling, and assess the likely implications of any decision.
What Would Get You On The Bus?
Almost everyone who rides the bus, has complaints: cleanliness, overcrowding, timeliness. But despite all the griping, argues Salon's Will Doig, the bus is the best answer to improving urban transit. His suggestion: Make the bus more like a train. In a piece called "It's Time to Love the Bus," Doig writes that cities can apply the amenities of a train system — prepaid boarding and dedicated lanes, for example — to the current bus system. There are low-tech solutions, as well, like allowing buses to ride on the shoulder of a highway to improve travel times. Doig joins host Neal Conan to explain why the bus may be the best and cheapest transit solution.
'Memoir Of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder'
In third grade, Fletcher Wortmann became consumed with the idea that every nonwater substance on the planet would soon freeze. He spent hours laying plans for how he and his family would survive. Though he wouldn't be diagnosed until many years later, in retrospect Wortmann realized the episode marked his "first full-blown bout with OCD." In a new memoir, Wortmann reveals the overwhelming anxieties he faced, the elaborate rituals he often devised to protect himself, and how he gradually learned to cope with what some call the "doubting disorder." Wortmann joins host Neal Conan to talk about his new book, Triggered: A Memoir Of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
What's Your Life Or Death Rivalry?
It's arguably the most heated rivalry in college basketball, and this Saturday the Louisville Cardinals will face the University of Kentucky Wildcats in the Final Four of the men's NCAA tournament. The longtime rivalry has divided families, friends and neighbors for generations. Police were called recently after a fight broke out between two men at a Kentucky dialysis center — both blame the other guy, for trash talking their team. Host Neal Conan talks with die hard fans about the life and death rivalries in their lives.