Thursday's Show: Admiral Mike Mullen, Health Care Reform, Haiti

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 11:58 AM

We just finished our Wednesday all-staff meeting, and the room is in full swing, getting tomorrow's show set up.  This afternoon, John Hockenberry will be doing an interview with Adm. Mike Mullen, current chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The interview will air on the radio tomorrow morning (and possibly Friday) but we'll get pieces of it up this afternoon on the website.

As Massachusetts' Senator-elect Scott Brown prepares to take the Republicans' 41st seat in the Senate, we're looking at what this means for the Democrats' biggest legislative priority: health care reform. The GOP managed to further their agenda under President George W. Bush with "only" 55 Senate seats at the most, so why are headlines proclaiming the Dems' to-do list in such trouble?  We're looking to answer that on the air tomorrow, while watching for signals this afternoon from the White House and Congress.

In Haiti, a magnitude-6.1 quake early this morning seems to have badly scared people but did not cause significant additional damage, according to initial reports. (The New York Times dryly noted that "Everything that might have fallen appeared to have already done so.") We're looking at the medical situation in Haiti – supplies, personnel, power – as the USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship, has just arrived in Port-au-Prince.

What's flat and gray and read all over? The answer might be nothing, or might be a new piece of personal electronics that the tech blogosphere has been buzzing about for months:a possible tablet computer from Apple.  (Apple, true to form, has remained tightlipped about any new products they may or may not be developing... but has scheduled an event next Wednesday, promising to show off their "latest creation.") Apple is nearly as renowned for its message control as its device sales, so we'll look at the spin and speculation.

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