IT'S ELECTION SEASON, SO DON IMUS IS GRILLING BIG-NAME POLITICIANS AND pundits on his national morning radio program, which is simulcast on MSNBC. And last week his longtime rival in the radio wars, Howard Stern, announced he was ditching the FCC for the freedom of satellite radio. Imus spoke last week with TIME's Sean Gregory about Stern, the election and two generations of Bushes.

ARE YOU SURPRISED BY HOWARD STERN'S DEFECTION? No. He's done pretty much all he can do on commercial radio. I understand that FCC chairman Michael Powell is preparing a space-based defense shield, where he's going to employ...

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