As manager of President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, David Plouffe stayed behind the scenes. Now, 10 months after Obama took office, Plouffe has written a memoir about the campaign, detailing the victory and the ways it changed the concept of campaigning. From the indecision surrounding Obama’s choice to run, to the Iowa caucus win, and through the final stages of the general election campaign against John McCain, Plouffe helped guide the campaign to a historic victory. His book offers an insider’s tale of a campaign that managed to harness — perhaps for the first time — the expansive reach of digital technology and grass-roots organization. In addition to managing Obama’s presidential campaign, Plouffe worked with fellow Democratic strategist David Axelrod on Obama’s 2004 Illinois Senate campaign. He also served as a leading Democratic Party media consultant from 2001 to 2007, playing a key role in the election of several U.S. congressmen, governors and mayors.
ALSO, Jane Lynch has earned a lot of attention recently for her role as Sue Sylvester in the new Fox comedy series Glee. As Sue, Lynch plays the cutthroat coach of an Ohio high school cheerleading team, a woman who’s constantly scheming — and who’s not above indulging in dirty tricks — to keep her squad, the Cheerios, at the top of the high-school food chain as the glee club tries to work its way up. Also this year, Lynch appeared with Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, playing Julia Child’s sister, Dorothy McWilliams. Streep’s star turn earned most of the ink, but Lynch’s piquant performance resulted in at least a little buzz about awards-season hopes. Lynch’s breakout role on Glee comes after parts in many movies and TV shows, playing both comedic and dramatic roles. Her film credits include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Best in Show, Collateral Damage, and Talladega Nights. She’s also had roles on dozens of TV shows, including The L Word, Married … With Children, Gilmore Girls, 7th Heaven, Arrested Development, Desperate Housewives and Party Down.
Chris Christie has won the closely fought election for New Jersey governor. We take stock of what that race says about the past, present and future of the Garden State, as well as any significance it has for the national political picture. After all, with President Obama stumping heavily for incumbent Governor Jon Corzine and Republicans hoping to sweep the two state executive seats up for election yesterday, most observers were calling this race a referendum on the Democrats’ control of the White House and Capitol Hill. Joining Marty to help sift through the election results are Seton Hall political scientist JOSEPH MARBACH and NJN Senior Anchor JIM HOOKER. Toward the end of the show, we’ll talk with JOHN BAER, Philadelphia Daily News political columnist, about a particularly nasty race for a seat on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court.
Before former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright was famous for her pins, writer and philosopher Ayn Rand sported a large dollar-sign broche on her lapels. An advocate of laissez-faire capitalism and individual rights, Rand’s political Objectivism is cynical of Big Government, in which Libertarians resonate. Rand’s most famous novels “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead” are hot sellers in this year of economic collapse. Cable TV host Glenn Beck quotes Rand, designer Ralph Lauren cites Rand’s inspiration and former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan was a devote of her philosophy. Our guest, writer ANNE C. HELLER, takes us from Rand’s childhood during the Russian Bolshevik Revolution through her personal and political writer life as a screenwriter and intellectual in the United States. Heller’s new book is called, “Ayn Rand and the World She Made.”
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Listening to Boston’s Passion Pit is a lot like going out dancing; it’s easy to get caught up in the music and lose yourself. But the group has more to offer than just catchy hooks. Its brand of shiny electro-pop combines bright, danceable aesthetics with emotionally charged lyrics. The band first attracted fans after the release of 2008’s Chunk of Change EP. Originally recorded by vocalist and keyboardist Michael Angelakos as a Valentine’s Day present for his girlfriend, the six-song record took off and became a minor hit. With the help of the track “Sleepyhead,” the release picked up steam, attracting attention from outlets such as MTV and the BBC. The exposure paid off, helping the group earn record contracts here and overseas. The result is Manners, Passion Pit’s upbeat and highly danceable new release. Angelakos’ falsetto shines through the eclectic sounds provided by keyboardist Ian Hultquist, bassist Jeff Apruzzese, drummer Nate Donmoyer and DJ Ayad Al Adhamy.