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THREE TO CHOOSE FROM. There are three items that may make the show. No. 1 is definitely in, No. 2 if we can get a radio station in South Carolina to hook up with us and No. 3 if John Simpson can do us.
1. DO MIXED RELATIONSHIPS WORK?
We hear at the Diana inquest that her mother called her a ‘whore’ when she found out the Princess was in a relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, who is a Muslim. The story is one of the most read on the web, and has prompted broader discussions which we’re going to pick up on. And we’re going to use the word ‘mixed’ in the most general sense – with reference to religion, class, country, skin-colour and whatever else marks a difference between two people.Is a mixed relationship a taboo in your country? Do people in a mixed relationship have less chance of staying together than two people from similar backgrounds? And would your friends and family mind if you entered a mixed relationship?
2. IS RACE THE KEY ISSUE IN THE RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE?
Certainly Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are dancing on the hot coals of this most delicate of issues. But will it make or break theirs, and all the other candidates’ campaigns? Is this current row being blown out of proportion as every word is picked over by a media obsessed with these two? And is the fact that the next vote for the democratic nomination is in South Carolina, where the population percentage of African Americans is above the national average?
Let’s not forget that the Republicans are in Michigan today for a vote which may bring a little clarity to that nomination contest. But is race an issue there? Not if the reports I’m reading are to be believed but you’re welcome to correct me.
**UPDATE: NO LUCK WITH JOHN SIMPSON FOR TODAY THOUGH WE MAY BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO HIM LATER IN THE WEEK.**
3. YOUR QUESTIONS TO JOHN SIMPSON
John is the BBC’s World Affairs Editor and one of your most celebrated correspondents – something I’m sure I don’t have to tell a lot of you. And he’s just been to Zimbabwe, despite Robert Mugabe’s ban on us operating there. We’re hoping he’ll be able to answer your questions about his trip, though it’s not confirmed yet. If you have a question, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and all being well we’ll have the chance to put it to him.