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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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Matter of Interpretation

Friday, May 21, 2004

Irshad Manji has been under a constant barrage for her views on Islam, her subversive idea -- simply question authority. This has lead to an assault from within the religion culminating with death threats. While it is easy to see how her views are menacing to the conservative ...

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Q: Who is the toughest 9/11 Commissioner?

Thursday, May 20, 2004

A: Until yesterday, the consensus would probably have been for Richard Ben-Veniste. Last month, he made the ordinarily unflappable Condoleezza Rice squirm as he demanded the name of the August 6, 2001 President's Daily Briefing (it was "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.")

But asked to explain the ...

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The New Brooklyn Museum

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Is the gigantic new glass-and-brick entrance to the Brooklyn Museum a fitting frontispiece? If you attended the BL special "Culture Storm" at the Museum two weeks ago, you may have already formed an opinion.

If you haven't had time to go there yourself, why not adopt someone else's ...

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A Small Town In Maryland

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Joseph Darby, the whistleblower who first alerted the world to the abuses taking place at Abu Ghraib prison, is an extremely unpopular man in the Western Maryland town he calls home. According to the May 17 Washington Post, many locals believe Darby's actions imperilled his fellow servicemen and can't ...

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Drop the "gay" from gay weddings

Monday, May 17, 2004

As every news outlet mentioned, today marked the first day of legally recognized gay weddings in the US. But if blogger Andrew Sullivan gets his wish, the “gay” part of that phrase will be banished from common parlance. On today’s show, Sullivan drew parallels with ...

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Knot To Be

Friday, May 14, 2004

Today we got a preview of summer movies from the New York Times' Jodi Kantor. She told us that about 500 movies will get cinematic release this summer, more than twice the normal crop of 200. Her tip: if you see just one Harry Potter flick, make it 2004's Prisoner ...

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Newport News

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Last weekend, pollster John Zogby declared the 2004 presidential race Kerry's to lose. On our show this morning, Gallup's Frank Newport agreed that Bush should be worried. He found this week that 47% of Americans now favor a reduction in the number of troops in Iraq, an increase ...

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To Your Health!

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Today the show focused on a week of events for New Yorkers without health insurance. It's called (aptly) Cover the Uninsured Week. We got a lot of questions and requests for more information from our listeners so to that end we decided to post links to organizations involved. ...

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Taguba's Testimony

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

This morning the show aired live hearings taking place before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the abuse of prisoners by US servicemen. The most compelling testimony came from the unflappable Major General Anthony Taguba, who authored the report that detailed abuse at Abu Ghraib prison. ...

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The News in Pictures

Monday, May 10, 2004

This week, we will be posting excerpts of selected listener emails in the blog. If you would like to comment on this (or anything else on the show for that matter), email us your thoughts. Today, listeners weigh in on the interview with journalist Anthony Lewis

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Nets Gains and Losses

Friday, May 07, 2004

This morning two community activists tangled—and sometimes tangoed—over plans to build a Nets arena in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Bertha Lewis, whose ACORN organization advocates for poor New Yorkers, is working with the developer to make plans for 900 new units of affordable housing. Joel Towers, a professor of ...

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The Other National Security Office

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Tomorrow, former ambassador Joseph Wilson will talk about his impressions of the Bush administration and his thoughts on the outing of his CIA agent wife. In the meantime, tell us what you think about this excerpt from his book, “The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies ...

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Culture Storm

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

We began a conversation on the new culture wars on today's show with Kay Hymowitz but we're going to continue it tonight when we take our show to the Brooklyn Museum - here are the details - we hope to see you there. The show will ...

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The Fog of Silence

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Former Defense Sec’y Robert McNamara (who referred to himself as former Secretary of State) appeared with anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott (who said she’s not an anti-nuclear activist but a pediatrician and specialist in global preventive medicine). Strange bedfellows? Maybe, but they’re talking about the remaining threat from ...

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KERRY GETS SPECIFIC, HERSH REVEALS HORRORS

Monday, May 03, 2004

On today’s show, we play excerpts from John Kerry’s Westminster College speech Friday, his most specific yet about what he’d do differently in Iraq. Wonder why this was only on page A12 of Saturday’s NY Times. Here is a link to the full text. http://www.johnkerry.com/pressroom/speeches/spc_2004_0430.html

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O’Neill to Bremer to Clarke

Friday, April 30, 2004

Some email from listeners today:

On blacking out Ted Koppel tonight:

“… when the clean up of the Trade Center was celebrated, part of the ceremony was a reading of all the names of the dead, complete with flags waving and tears. No one objected to that.”

On the ...

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Saudi Flights Reading

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Read an excerpt from the 9/11 commission Staff Statement regarding the evacuation of Saudi Flights in the days after the September 11 attacks.

Read Craig Unger's piece about the flights from Vanity Fair

Email us your comments

(This relates to Friday's interview with author Craig Unger and Thursday's interview with Newsweek's Mark Hosenball)

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