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A Walk in the Park

Friday, June 18, 2004

Should protesters at the August GOP convention in New York be allowed to gather on the Sheep Meadow in Central Park?

The question has been fodder for some shrill tabloid headlines, but on the show today United for Peace & Justice's Leslie Cagan struck a more conciliatory note, ...

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Terror in the Air, Chaos on the Ground

Friday, June 18, 2004

Staff Report No. 17, issued today by the 9/11 Commission provides the most complete timeline to date on the airline hijackings of September 11, 2001, and the federal government's response.

Among its findings:

>there were serious communications deficiencies between government officials on the morning of 9/11, and at ...

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My Two Dads

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Seven years ago, before reality shows like "Newlyweds" and "Nip/Tuck" made intimate details about ordinary people's lives available to the general public, documentarian Murray Nossel began gathering some remarkable footage from the lives of a gay male couple who were trying to have a baby.

That footage has ...

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The Buzz on Lariam

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

On his second night on deployment in Iraq last September, Staff Sgt. Georg-Andreas Pogany saw a mutilated corpse and suffered a breakdown. He reports that the following morning his body was shaking, he vomited repeatedly, and began doubt his ability to complete his mission. A few weeks later, Pogany was ...

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Only Irish Need Apply

Monday, June 14, 2004

40 million Americans claim Irish descent, and many of them can also claim Irish citizenship. That's because Irish law grants the grandchild of any Irish citizen the automatic right to become Irish too. For many years, it was a sentimental gesture of little real value to anyone.

But today, with one of the best economies in Europe, Ireland has become a magnet for immigrants from Eastern Europe and Asia. A country of net emigration has become a hot immigration destination, and the children of those immigrants born in Ireland have been considered Irish under the law.

Until last Sunday. That's when a majority of Irish voted to do away with "birthright" citizenship and impose a system closer to the European norm, where linguistic ability and the intention to reside in the country must be proven.

On the show today, we discussed the matter with Carol Coulter, legal affairs correspendent for the Irish Times. While many of our listeners thought the move churlish, others felt a small country like Ireland had to do something to protect its traditions. Listener feedback.

On the show tomorrow: British Muslim comedienne Shazi Mirza.

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The Great Communicator

Friday, June 11, 2004

Please take a look at our extended blog entry, we have compiled some of your emails honoring Ray Charles.

Be sure to email us your response.

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Alarming

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

One of the aspects not mentioned in analysis of the Mayor’s noise control proposal seems to be the one thing most of our listeners want addressed: car alarms. During our discussion of the bill today, many listeners weighed in on this aural bane of NYC living. Some pointed to the notion that car alarms do nothing in the way of theft deterrence, merely attacking the ear drums of innocent bystanders. Others said they witnessed car stereo thieves at work, completely unfazed by the blaring alarm. In fact, the City Council holds hearings on the matter tomorrow. Here are some selected emails on the matter, including listener opinions on Mister Softee trucks.

Be sure to email us your response.

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Interrogations

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

The Wall Street Journal has posted the document, "The Working Group Report on Detainee Interrogations on the Global War on Terrorism"

We will be talking about this in today's interview with author James Bamford.

Email us your thoughts

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Aspiration and Aggravation

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Here's a question that apparently occupies a lot of our listeners (and emailers): why has the United States never had a successful, durable of economic populist movement, similar to European socialism?

New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks he has the answer: the United States is an aspirational society, ...

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Chelsea Clinton's September 11th experience

Monday, June 07, 2004

On our show last Friday, Dick Morris said Hillary Clinton is lying in saying her daughter Chelsea was near the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Senator Clinton made the comments in an interview she gave a week after the attacks and Morris says Chelsea contradicted her mother in her own article five months later. The former aide to President Clinton and now syndicated columnist uses this to attack the Senator’s credibility.

But on closer inspection of both Clinton’s accounts, the truth is a little more nuanced. Chelsea wrote that she was watching television in a Union Square apartment when the planes hit, but was in the World Trade Center’s vicinity when they actually collapsed. Senator Clinton seemed to indicate Chelsea was there “when the planes hit,” seemingly confusing this with the event that happened an hour later.

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The Nixon-RFK Question

Friday, June 04, 2004

Is Senator Clinton more like former President Richard Nixon or former Senator Robert F. Kennedy? That's the question that's bugging political consultant Dick Morris. Morris, of course, advised for Mrs. Clinton's husband when he was President. Now he has a book out, ...

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House Cleaning

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Thomas Suozzi can be considered a political maverick. He is the youngest person to be elected as Nassau County’s Executive, the first democrat to be elected to the position in 30 years and only the second in the history of the county. His constituents elected him to clean up ...

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Today we are outsourcing our blog...

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Please check out our extended entry which contains some of the emails we received from listeners during Brian's interview with Thomas Friedman from The New York Times.

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Memorial

Monday, May 31, 2004

For Memorial Day we have complied a list of soldiers from the tri-state area who have lost their lives in Iraq.

Please see our extended entry.

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Times' Prewar Coverage

Monday, May 31, 2004

These links are related to our discussion with Michael Massing about his articles in the New York Review of Books about the New York Times prewar coverage of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

New York Times Editor's Note on their prewar Iraq coverage
(free registration required)

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Baad! to the Bone

Friday, May 28, 2004

It's Friday of Memorial Day weekend, and if you haven't got any plans yet and don't mind profanity, a trip to the cinema to see Mario Van Peebles' "Baadasssss!" may be in order. It's a dramatization of the making of "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song", his father Melvin's 1971 landmark ...

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Kissinger and Tell

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Tomorrow’s show will feature a segment on the Henry Kissinger transcripts released this week. They cover his conversations while he was Richard Nixon’s National Security Advisor and were released over Kissinger’s objections. Among other revelations, they include an incident where Nixon was too drunk to ...

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Email Draft

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

After yesterday's interview with Joshua Foer on the political orientation of college students (see yesterday's entry), we received an interesting email from a listener.

I graduated from college five years ago and am a little irritated by the expectation of many people in my parents' generation that college students should be vanguard of liberal protest movements in this country. I'm a pretty liberal guy, but I think this idea that it's traditional and only right for college students to hugely activist is just plain wrong. As far as I know, the only period in which that was the case was the 60s and 70s, and the issues facing our country were hugely different from the ones we face today. Rather than complain about how apathetic college students are these days, people should accept and engage their ideas on their own terms. The constant comparison to past generations gets us nowhere.

So we followed up today with a call-in today for students on whether they agreed with the sentiments expressed by our emailer.

Click below to read a selection of comments from listeners who emailed during the show.

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Walk the Walk

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

It’s that time of year again, commencement across college campuses. What makes this year different is that this year is an election year. And with the country at such a divisive point, the tension is palpable. Case in point, E.L. Doctorow’s anti-war speech this weekend at

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The President's speech

Monday, May 24, 2004

On tomorrow's show, we get reaction to the President's speech at the Army War college with a wide range of viewpoints, including an Iraqi, a liberal and a conservative. In the meantime, here is a transcript of the speech. send us your comments.

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