Usually it's difficult to get to know the front-runner in a Presidential race. With the most to lose, front-runners are the least spontaneous candidates. They stay on message. In debates, George W. Bush often gives the same few answers to all sorts of different questions. Sarah Koenig has been covering the Bush campaign for months for the Concord Monitor, a New Hampshire newspaper. She tells a story of trying to get to know the "real" George W. Bush. (14 minutes)
Three days into the beginning of the new millenium, Kahari Mosley and Garcia Suzinko left home to do something they'd never done before: They took a twelve-hour bus ride to New Hampshire to volunteer for a Presidential campaign. What they saw...and what moved them to volunteer in the first place. (6 minutes)
Here in America, here's how we interact with our political candidates: We dispatch middlemen to the scene, they listen to what the candidates say, they research the candidates' backgrounds, and they tell us what they think is most important. Those middlemen, of course, are journalists. Sarah Vowell tells a fable about the difference between the way the middlemen see the world and the way non-journalists see it. (23 minutes)
“No One Will Ever Know” by Hank Williams, Sr.