A contrite and apologetic Don Imus returned to the airwaves this morning (Monday) with a surprisingly strong guest list. During his simulcast on WABC-AM in New York and the RFD cable network, he said that he will use the uproar over his remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team eight months ago as a springboard for additional discussions about race relations on his program. "Other than that," he said, "not much has changed. Dick Cheney is still a war criminal; Hillary Clinton is still satan; and I'm back on the radio." Another thing that has changed is that his new "cast" includes two black comedians. Imus's guests on his first show included presidential candidates John McCain, a Republican, and Chris Dodd, a Democrat. Also appearing were political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin. Most of Imus's earlier partners returned, too, including Bernard McGuirk, the producer who made the first racial references to the Rutgers team on the show that got them both fired. News reader Charles MCord is also back. Imus is due to be interviewed Thursday night on her "10 Most Fascinating People of 2007" special on ABC.