Obama and the white vote It's been three years since then-candidate Barack Obama made an important address on race relations. With President Obama's re-election campaign looming and the economy sluggish, what role will race have among frustrated voters?9:06 a.m.
Jack White: Contributor at The Root.
Todd Shaw: Associate Professor of political science and African-American studies at the University of South Carolina.
'A Singular Woman' explores the story of Barack Obama's mother In her new book, Janny Scott provides a meticulously researched look into the life of Barack Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. "To describe Dunham as a white woman from Kansas is about as illuminating as describing her son as a politician who likes golf," Scott observes. She joins us to discuss A Singular Woman.10:06 a.m.
Janny Scott: Former New York Times reporter and author of "A Singular Woman."
Spell bound: struggling to spell words Are you well-read but can't seem to spell words correctly? Midmorning follows yesterday's program on language and words with listener e-mails about spelling.10:45 a.m.
Roy Peter Clark: Senior Scholar at The Poynter Institute and author of "The Glamour of Grammar"