Topics and Guests for May 8

This weekend:

Can Massachusetts Senator John Kerry (search) beat President Bush in November? We'll ask former New York Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo when he joins Cal to handicap Kerry’s quest for the presidency. Plus, the former governor weighs in on the best choice for a Kerry running mate and the fierce partisan tone that has already characterized the first months of the 2004 presidential campaign. We'll also ask Mr. Cuomo to share his views of the separation of church and state issue in the country today.

Editor Tamar Jacoby author of the new book "Reinventing the Melting Pot" discusses how the United States is dealing with immigration in the post 9/11 world and how the immigrant experience in America has changed.

Plus, Column One on Manuel Miranda (search) and wait till you hear about "World Wide Weird."

About the Show:

If you prefer conversation to confrontation, something new and different to the same old same-old, After Hours with Cal Thomas is your kind of show.

Each week Cal will sit down with some of the most influential people in entertainment, government and politics — from both sides of the aisle.

A show as original as the host himself. Where ideas and interesting people meet and the unexpected is always welcome.

At the corner of news and opinion, you'll find After Hours with Cal Thomas.

Straight From the Source:

The Balance Sheet:  You are the most widely syndicated political columnist in the country. What makes you want to do a television show talking to newsmakers who are not necessarily politicians?

Cal:  My life is diverse. I originally wanted to be in show business and am a frequent patron of Broadway. There's a certain synergy between New York, Hollywood and Washington — politicians, actors, and actresses. I thought it would be fun to have both on every week — a politician and an actor, liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat. We're going to have conversation instead of confrontation. Not that confrontation's bad, but this is late-night from New York, off the clock, no coat and tie (for me anyway), laid-back conversation that people might expect to see in their homes.

The Balance Sheet:  This is a different approach from most of the shows on FNC — It's going to be a little softer?

Cal:  Yes, a little softer, but entertaining as well. I'll ask Vice President Cheney (our first guest) some obvious news-of-the-day questions, because those are important. But I am also going to ask him some other more personal questions. The same with some of the celebrities. We'll ask them show business questions, but we'll also ask them — many of whom will be political — for some political answers. I think it's going to be, as we say at FOX, fair and balanced.