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At 80, Former Sen. Sam Nunn Continues To Meet In The Middle

Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, who turned 80 in September, discusses top news stories – from North Korea to our divided electorate – in a conversation with WABE’s Jim Burress on "All Things Considered.”
Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, who turned 80 in September, discusses top news stories – from North Korea to our divided electorate – in a conversation with WABE’s Jim Burress on "All Things Considered.”
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Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn turned 80 last month. But the Democrat from Perry, Georgia, remains so busy that it took him another month to clear time to celebrate.

That happened last Friday at the Historic Academy of Medicine at 7th and West Peachtree streets.

Its auditorium holds 250 people, and Nunn’s friends, colleagues and well-wishers might have pushed that capacity a bit as evidenced by the constant scene of folks squeezing their bodies past each other in an effort to navigate the space.

“I think we’re all kind of looking back and seeing what we did right, and a few things — people will point out — that we did wrong, too,” says Nunn about the event as he sips a glass full of ice and Coke Zero.

In a conversation Monday during “All Things Considered,” WABE host Jim Burress and the four-term senator talked about everything from North Korea to the then-pending confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court to his sense of why the electorate is so divided.