Martin Luther King, Jr.s 1967 speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" inspired today's MLK Day commemorative call-in. Listeners were asked to call in with brief readings about other countries and responded with selections from Nelson Mandela to the I Ching, including Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (read in Arabic). Here is the text of Dr. King's speech in its entirety, from the BRC-News website.
Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City
I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.
James Taranto takes issue with Nicholas Kristof's conclusions about America's, Cuba's and China's comparative infant mortality rates--though not with Kristof's facts.
Taranto notes that the 2002 jump in American infant mortality followed nearly fifty years of declining rates, and that the jump may be attributable (in part) to the ...
As noted in the last entry, the "fact" that the United States is the only industrialized nation with "appreciable" poverty is harder to confirm, but appears to have some truth to it.
A correspondent notes that the 2004 CIA World factbook puts the USA at 12% living in poverty, ...
True or false?
a) Beijing has lower infant mortality than New York
b) The USA is the only industrialized country with "appreciable" poverty
These two "facts" came up in our open-source open phones today.
Fact (a) is pretty easily confirmed. Our dear caller most likely got the information from a ...
While we knew the Independent Review Panel would issue their CBS report sometime soon, we were surprised to have it occur during our show. Lucky for us we in the midst of putting together a media segment for the show anyway. However the 60 Minutes story blew most of ...
Throughout our recently-concluded Recount Update series, we've been asking ourselves exactly what the purpose of re-examining the 2004 vote is.
On the one hand, there is widespread evidence of voting irrgularities in localities in Ohio and elsewhere, which are scarcely being covered by most media.
On the other hand, few ...
Today's installment of our Recount Update Series will hear from Green Party Presidential candidate, David Cobb.
In the meantime, read the relevant letters from Congressman John Conyers:
Dec 2 letter
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Read the letter Michael Moore entitled "Just One Senator" on his site today.
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By the way, today's temporary call-in number is 212-227-7606
January 6, 1855 is considered the "birthday" of one of the world's most famous literary detectives, Sherlock Holmes. Later this week, members of the invitation-only Baker Street Irregulars will converge on New York (a city Holmes never visited) to celebrate his birthday.
From one of our listners- Josh:
Colin Powell will start shilling for AT&T, allowing James Earl Jones to
pursue his true passion, foreign affairs;
Current SUV drivers will upgrade to 18-wheelers;
Arguing homesteader rights for recently abandoned property, Donald Trump
will assemble a team of ...
Everybody is coming out with end of year lists, including Brian Lehrer (click here and scroll to the bottom of the page). Here's ours:
The Brian Lehrer Producers' Predictions for 2005
>Thighs will be the "in" body part and thigh-accentuating hotpants will come back
>Water in wine glasses, wine ...
As the death toll of the devastating Asian Tsunami reaches unfathomable heights, the main thing on the minds of New Yorkers and those far from the danger zone is how can we help. As UNICEF director Carol Bellamy said on today’s show, monetary funds are much more useful than ...
It's the season to be giving, and thanks to our hyperactive, hypercaring listeners, we're pleased to provide YOU, dear reader, with a wide-ranging list of worthy causes, charities, nonprofits, and desperate cases.
Heifer International: farm animals for poor families around the world
The ASPCA: house pets ...
In the next installation of our recount update series MIT Technologist Ted Selker talks about improvements in electronic voting machines this morning and his proposed solutions for the remaining problems.
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Washington D.C. beware Jenna Bush is in the market for a house. The Bush twins spent their first six months out of college on the campaign trail, and initially rumor had it that the twins wanted to move to New York for their swinging twenties. Jenna was to teach ...
I am a thirty-something classical musician and single. While I am not particularly well-off, I am financially independent and fiscally responsible and relatively comfortable. However, my parents continue to give me money and won't allow me to turn it down despite my protestations. It makes me feel dependent and needy, which I don't enjoy, but it seems to make them feel better and more secure.
I myself couldn’t wait to get out of the house as I longed for my independence, but do you think this idea that children must move out is a very American concept? In Europe, extended family situations are much more common, and kids will live at home until their late 20’s, early 30’s sometimes.