The 4th Republican Presidential Debate; A Chat With Ellis Marsalis, Jazz Patriarch | WYPR

The 4th Republican Presidential Debate; A Chat With Ellis Marsalis, Jazz Patriarch

As the Republican presidential candidates gathered November 10th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for debate number four, low-polling Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee were relegated to the so-called "kiddie table" debate held two hours before the evening's main event.  Lindsay Graham wasn’t even invited to dinner.  Are national polls the best way to choose who’s in and who’s out?  And who gets to decide?   Tom puts those and other questions about the Republican contest to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist ER Shipp, from Morgan State University; Sheri Parks, from the University of MD; and Republican blogger Richard Cross.

Then, a conversation with Ellis Marsalis, jazz legend and patriarch. He's helping the Reginald F. Lewis Museum celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend.  He’s been helping jazz musicians, including several of his own sons, celebrate this great American art form for more than 40 years.