UPDATED 7:30 p.m.
Alex Goldmark here on the Sunday shift. We're rolling ahead and getting excited about our Frustration Nation series (see below for details).
We're watching a few different stories that might make it into tomorrow's show or later in the week. For one, the U.S. casualty count in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan has reached 999 according to icasualties.org. We've always felt very strongly on The Takeaway about supporting our troops and giving voice to the military community. Before that number hits the tragic four digit mark we are opening our airwaves to vets, servicemen and families of the fallen (and anyone else, too) to leave a tribute message to someone who has served in Afghanistan. Call and leave a message at 877-8-MY-TAKE and we'll play them on-air soon.
In Washington, governors from around the country met today and are trying to push the White House to let them in on health care negotiations. If that looks like it might change the game in any major way, we're ready to cover that too.
We'll have our usual Olympic update from Vancouver, which tomorrow might involve the gold medal win of Bode Miller, and possibly an answer to the question how many of the little kids spinning around their living rooms faux figure skating, will actually hit the ice and practice ... or maybe how in the world I can practice curling in New York City.
And finally, we will learn about the modern Brady Bunch family and what new research has to say about blended families and raising healthy and happy step children.
POSTED FRIDAY: 12:30- Anna Sale here on the dayside producing shift.
Now that the television screens have cleared from wall-to-wall Tiger Woods coverage, we're getting a clearer view of the news picture going into the weekend.
To start the week, we will kick off a new series on Monday called Frustration Nation. Three-quarters of voters are angry at the government's current policies, according to a recent poll. And it's equal opportunity disaffection: 60 percent of voters say neither Democrats nor Republicans have the answers. The disaffection is getting to Washington insiders too. Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) says he's leaving Washington to get away from all the discord, while former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volker recently lamented the historic level of dysfunction in the Senate. We'll start with a look at how the current gridlock compares to other moments in history, and if things are really as bad as this recent round of sound bites suggests.
What do you think? Are you frustrated by how the government's running in Washington? Who do you blame, and do you see a way out? Call us at 877-8-MY-TAKE or leave a comment here.
We will also take a look at the new credit card regulations that go into effect on Monday. Beth Kobliner will join us with all the details about what credit card headaches are going away, and how the changes might affect your budget.
Finally, we'll have all the latest Olympic news from Vancouver. And Mark Johnson, the coach of the U.S. women's hockey team, joins us on the morning of their semifinal match against Sweden. He knows a little something about winning — he was on the 1980 U.S. men's hockey team that made miracles on ice and brought home the gold. Thirty years later, we'll see if he can repeat the feat.