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On tonight's show

On tonight's show

09/15/11 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - a fascinating interview with former President Jimmy Carter... watch

Once they were Democrats

Once they were Democrats

09/15/11 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow points out that Rick Perry used to work for the Al Gore campaign and Michelle Bachmann used to work for the Jimmy Carter campaign. watch

Ahead on the 9/15 Maddow Show

09/15/11 07:01PM

Tonight's guests include:Former President Jimmy Carter  Chris Hayes, Host of "Up with Chris Hayes" and editor-at-large at the NationSenior producer, Cory Gnazzo, offers a preview of tonight's show: read more

Unexpected moments with Jimmy Carter (Michele Bachmann edition)

09/15/11 06:23PM

We're putting together the interview with President Carter for tonight's show, and we keep coming back to this part:RACHEL MADDOW: Among the Republican candidates this year is someone who volunteered for your presidential campaign -- Michele Bachmann.PRESIDENT CARTER: I know, and I appreciate that she helped me out!We'll see you at 9 P.M. Eastern. read more

Tatooine, pwnd.

Tatooine, pwnd.

09/15/11 05:09PM

Scientists from the Kepler Mission just announced the discovery of the first circumbinary exoplanet, Kepler-16b (i.e., a planet that has two suns). No word yet on whether it's inhabited with a wretched hive of scum and villainy.The Kepler Mission is dedicated to studying the light from distant stars in the direction of the constellation Cygnus, looking for the telltale dip in their brightness that could indicate the presence of a planet. read more

Unexpected moments with Jimmy Carter

Unexpected moments with Jimmy Carter

09/15/11 03:34PM

First, having seen the transcript from tonight's interview with President Carter, I'd say it's notable for Mr. Carter's utter candor. A former Democratic president himself, he talks about what President Barack Obama has gotten right and what he's gotten wrong -- where he's won in Washington, where he has lost, and where he's going to win next. Second, Rachel wanted us to post these excerpts from Mr. Carter's White House Diary, now out in paperback from Picador. She's been reading it as she prepped for the interview, and she sent these over under the heading "Unexpected moments." read more

The electron drops to a lower energy level, emitting light at the frequency of the distance between levels.

Why we can see a flame

09/15/11 03:06PM

Neil deGrasse Tyson yesterday tweeted a recommendation for geeks: a YouTube channel called MinutePhysics.The above video about the physics of flame is the most recent in the channel. It's true to its name in terms of run time, but unfortunately, that also means glossing over one of the most satisfying lessons I ever learned about the science of light and color. What actually happens in a flame (or any incandescence) that makes us able to see it?Between :16 to :26 the video mentions exciting atoms with energy to get them to produce colored light. read more

From House Speaker John Boehner's economy speech, 9.15.11.

Boehner: Job creators are on strike

09/15/11 01:49PM

House Speaker John Boehner today addressed the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. I'll pull a few key bits here, then drop the full text of his prepared remarks after the jump.First, on President Obama's American Jobs Act:Last week the president put forth a new set of proposals.  The House will consider them, as the American people expect.  Some of the president's proposals offer opportunities for common ground.But let's be honest with ourselves. read more

Best noon thing

09/15/11 12:37PM

In honor of Rachel's interview with former President Jimmy Carter, I dipped into the recent past of several of us TRMS staffers who once worked together on a different show: NPR's Bryant Park Project. In 2007, we got to bother meet President Carter, and he and his staff took our shenanigans in stride. read more

When the tea party was gay

09/15/11 11:55AM

Before there was glittering and flashmob dancing, there was Arthur Evans and the Gay Activists Alliance.When being gay was still a crime in this country, Arthur Evans decided that bigotry was its own crime and he was going to call it out. Mr. Evans died Sunday at the age of 68. His New York Times obituary records this protest:In the fall of 1970, Mr. Evans and others showed up at the offices of Harper's Magazine in Manhattan to protest an article it had published sharply criticizing gay people and their lifestyle. It was Mr. read more

Hey, Rachel made it to Atlanta

Hey, Rachel made it to Atlanta

09/15/11 10:54AM

Rachel's in Atlanta this morning interviewing former President Jimmy Carter for the show tonight. I'm always glad when the TRMS crew sends a pic, because it means everything's on track. Thanks to producer Eelin Reily for this one. She says there are more on the way. I'll toss them on the blog. read more

From FBI counterterrorism training material.

That scary FBI chart

09/15/11 10:03AM

Last night on the show, Wired's Danger Room reporter Spencer Ackerman shared with us his scoop about FBI counterterrorism training material that tells agents to think of Islam as a religion of violence. read more