Monday, July 11, 2005
On today's show NYU's Bernard Haykel refuted Tom Friedman's assertion that "to this day - no major Muslim cleric or religious body has ever issued a fatwa condemning Osama bin Laden."
In fact, says Haykel, plenty of Muslims, including Muslim clerics, have condemned terror against civilians committed ...
Friday, July 08, 2005
In the interest of (mostly) shameless self-promotion, I thought you might find this article I wrote for my college newspaper interesting. I think thefacebook is part of a huge shift in how young people form friendships and relationships. For instance, students now "research" their acquaintances and crushes. And that, ...
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Dear Brian (and the producers of the Brian Lehrer Show):
I was listening to the show today (Tues, 7/05), and a couple of callers
tried to make the point that you have moved to a more conservative
point of view on your show, one from the left, one from the right.
Those calls were sort of indicative of the times we find ourselves in,
I think. The man on the Left is feeling paranoid because of the
actions of the FCC over recent years, and the appointment of
right-wingers to head the CPB.
On the other hand, I think the guy on the Right had a
preconceived notion of the "Liberal Media that is Public Radio", when
he found your show and was pleasantly surprised. He said you gained
him as a listener. Good for you. (Maybe he'll even become a member
someday.) I guess my point is that everything, everything these days
is seen in terms of which side you fall on the political divide, and
thankfully you are one that refuses, and brings us all to a forum where
we can hear each other out. I thank you for being an increasingly lone
voice in the wilderness.
Maybe someday I'll have the nerve to even call in.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Q: Didn't see any info on your site re: 90 second commentaries you have been talking about. How does one send one in? Thanks. PS - love your voice!
A: This is a spontaneous slam, no submissions required. Just think up a witty 90-second rap or rant, then ...
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
A self-described liberal caller to today's Democracy Wonk segment took issue with Brian's failure to mention earlier in the show that guest Charles Krauthammer is also a contributor to Fox News Channel (he is better known as a syndicated columnist appearing in the Washington Post).
What do you think? By not mentioning Krauthammer's other job at a news outlet with a conservative slant, did he do listeners a disservice? Or do Krauthammer's conservative views speak for themselves, and don't columnists of all striped appear on TV and radio all the time?
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Friday, July 01, 2005
Please do not ever go on vacation again. I think by now enough vacations with missed momentous events have taken place for there to be a scientific correlation between your absence on WNYC and the 'changing of America as we know it.'
Not sure what your wife and ...
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Here on the 27th floor, we have a real weakness for last names that reflect the actvities of their owners. And ever since the trial of Edgar Ray Killen, we've been wondering what other murderers give themselves away in their names.
Today we got an answer--but does it count? ...
Monday, June 27, 2005
Have you been wondering about those spots that went into rotation today, you know the ones where Brian admonishes you to 'be nice to the guest hosts' and introduces something called 'Democracy Wonk'? Allow us to explain:
Be nice to the guest hosts: no joke. Brian is out all this ...
Friday, June 24, 2005
It's Friday afternoon, and we are afflicted with a bad case of Supreme Court fever! The rumor is that a whole host of important rulings (intellectual property, the ten commandments, cable TV) will come down Monday morning...and possibly the announcement of a resignation.
Bill Kristol says O'Connor, not Rehnquist, may be the one giving notice.
Check out SCOTUSblog's visual breakdown of who voted how in cases this week.
Medill School of journalism has a great summary of this season's cases.
Feedback on yesterday's Kelo decision, which made it easier for governments to take away private property through eminent domain.
Kelo interpreted the U.S. Constitution's 5th Amendment. This decision does not affect the New York State's Constitutional restrictions on the exercising of the power of eminent domain. There would have to be a change, not only in State statute but probably also in the New York State Constitution to allow purely "economic condemnation" in New York, like that which occurred in New London.