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Election Protection

Monday, July 12, 2004

Should the Presidential election be postponed in the event of a terrorist attack? Today's Newsweek story that Tom Ridge sought guidance from the Justice Department brought a flood of diverging opinions. Some smelled a conspiracy, while others were angry at the media for bring the issue up at all.

In our ongoing bid to publish listener feedback, here's a selection of your comments. Please email us your thoughts (and let us know where you're listening).

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Group Thinkers on The Assumption Train

Friday, July 09, 2004

Part of the today's show devoted time to the press conference held by Sens. Pat Roberts and John D. Rockefeller IVrepresenting the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Neither senator was shy about taking the CIA to task on grossly misrepresenting the Iraq threat.

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Lay it on the Line

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Inspired by the footage of the former Enron chief being led away in handcuffs, many listeners called wondering where Kenneth Lay, if convicted, would serve his time - as one put it "in a hardcore prison or a federal Marriott?" (apologies to the hotel chain). One caller ...

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Vox Popular

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

We waited for the two Johns to step on stage this morning, hoping to hear them tell us about their happy union. It did not happen in time, and we turned to our trusted listeners to tell us who they thought were the best political speakers. The greatest ...

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Veepers Creepers

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

At long last we know who will be John Kerry's Sundance to his Butch Cassidy. This morning in a flutter of excitement Kerry announced that John Edwards would be his Vice Presidential candidate (will they storm out of a building in the Southwest guns blazing?). Was anyone ...

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Moore or Less

Friday, July 02, 2004

Today's discussion on the rhetorical value of Fahrenheit 9/11 drew a flood of calls and emails. So much so, we will devote more time to the film on Monday's show. In the meantime, here are some emails we didn't get to read on the program. Be sure and email us your own opinion too.

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Class Act

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Why doesn't the USA have a broad working-class movement, akin to European social democratic parties? It's been a vexing riddle for American lefties for decades. At a recent conference at SUNY-Stony Brook's Center for Study of Working Class Life, professors, activists, and members of the working class got ...

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One-seat ride

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Today’s show took us out to Long Island. We talked with WNYC’s own Andrea Bernstein, as well as Bruce Lambert, Long Island correspondent of The New York Times, discussing Governor Pataki’s formal request to President Bush to re-allocate several billion dollars in

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The other island with a 212 area code

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Development within our city limits is always contemptuous. In the last year the fate of the Far West Side, Downtown Brooklyn and the Atlantic Yards has ruffled a lot of feathers. But talk about development of Governors Island has been lost in the crowd of sports ...

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What comes around goes around

Monday, June 28, 2004

Callers to the show today felt that Republicans visiting here for the convention will need to get out and about in New York City. Although, one thought it highly unlikely that conventioneers from outside of the Northeast region would feel safe enough to explore "Sodom and Gomorrah." It's ...

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Moore the Merrier?

Friday, June 25, 2004

Whether to rebroadcast an old program is often a tough call. Is the program still topical? If people have heard it before, will they want to listen again?

In the case of our "Culture Storm" taping from last May, we knew the discussion on "life and politics in the election ...

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Building Blocks

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Daniel Libeskind defended himself from New York Time's writer Robin Pogrebin's article "The Incredible Shrinking Daniel Libeskind." Mr. Libeskind's design for the World Trade Center has whittled down as has his influence since Larry Silverstein flexed his muscles and hired David Childs from Skidmore, ...

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The Treatment

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Today we discussed the treatment of detainees in both Iraq and Afghanistan with Julian Barnes and Chitra Ragavan from US News and World Report. The conversation about detainees continued with Seymour Hersh from The New Yorker. Both conversations referred to the President Bush's order which can be read here.

Text of order signed by President Bush on Feb. 7, 2002, outlining treatment of al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees:

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The pen is mightier...

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Joe Klein had some choice words for New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani. Kakutani wrote a rather scathing review of Bill Clinton’s memoir My Life(Knopf2004). The review appeared in Sunday’s Times on the front cover and has become news in itself. Klein’s feeling ...

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Said the pot to the kettle

Monday, June 21, 2004

Opponents of the mayor’s plans to build a football stadium for the Jets on the far west side of Manhattan include the owners of Madison Square Garden and Cablevision, James and Charles Dolan. They are among the elected officials, business leaders and civic groups who make ...

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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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