- Public opinion polling and policymaking
As the presidential election approaches, polls and surveys are closely tracking public opinion on a variety of issues. But how does public opinion affect policy making?9:06 a.m.
Jon Cohen: director of polling for The Washington Post. He is responsible for conceptualizing, implementing and analyzing all Post polls, and co-directs the Post-ABC and Post-Kaiser-Harvard surveys. He instituted the Post's polling blog, Behind the Numbers, and frequently discusses public opinion on radio and television, as well as online chats.
Charles Franklin: Visiting Professor of Law and Public Policy for 2012 at Marquette University Law School. He'll be directing the Marquette Law School Poll, the most comprehensive polling ever done in Wisconsin. He is also the co-counder of Pollster.com.
- The life and death of an NHL enforcer
Former Minnesota Wild player Derek Boogaard was a feared figure on the ice because of his fighting ability. But it was the constant fighting that ultimately led him to the addiction that would take his life at the age of 28. Midmorning speaks with New York Times reporter John Branch about his series on Boogaard.9:45 a.m.
John Branch: New York Time reporter.
- The future of aging
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic recently discovered through experiments in laboratory mice that certain category of cells could be responsible for promoting the aging process. Could removal of these cells mean longer life, and healthier later years? Midmorning looks at the impact of this research and the quest to offset the ravages of age.10:06 a.m.
James Kirkland, MD: Director of the Mayo Clinic's Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging.
Nir Barzilai: Director of the Institute for Aging at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
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