Guests and Topics for Monday, April 2 2012

Here’s what we’re working on today…

Independents & the Race to the White House: With the Republican race beginning to end with tomorrow’s “do or die” Wisconsin primary, we ask one question: Are Republicans and Democrats all there is?  When asked about party affiliation, 40% of voters identify as independents — that’s a record high, up by 400,000 since 2008.  One more amazing statistic: according to the Reason Foundation, 80% of voters would consider an alternative, non-GOP/Democratic Presidential candidate.  And with groups like No Labels and Americans Elect, are we witnessing the birth of a more organized independent movement? Former Governor of New Mexico and Presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson  (@govgaryjohnson) and Linda Killian (@lindajkillian) of The Wilson Center and author of The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents, will be here to talk about it.

The Monday Megapanel: Sam Seder (@samseder), Imogen Lloyd Webber (@illoydwebber) and Rob Cox (@rob1cox) are here.  We’ll tell you about the surprising statistics behind student loans and seniors that are turning retirement into the “not so golden years” for many.

The Specialist: Neil DeGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) is Director of the Hayden Planitarium at the Museum of Natural History author of Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier.  He says that with our shuttle program grounded, and China, Russia and India continuing their pursuit of the final frontier, we run the risk of falling into the abyss.

The Island President: It’s a race against time for the former President of the Maldives, a nation made of 2,000 tiny islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean.  He’s on a mission to save his homeland from rising waters caused by global warming.  Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives will he here, with director/cinematographer John Shenk, to talk about the envrionmental issues facing the islands as spotlighted in the the new, critically acclaimed documentary The Island President. (Read our writeup on the film here.)

The Daily Rant: Keli Goff (@keligoff) will be wrapping up today’s show.

…More to come shortly!