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The Final Push

Thursday, July 29, 2004

[unity, unity, unity]
Coming up this morning: Hillary Clinton and Elliott Spitzer. Listen for any chink in their message of unity. As one reporter remarked to us yesterday, all this talk of getting together behind one candidate is making things awfully boring for us! We know, everyone wants to put the bruising '01 mayoral and '02 gubernatorial primaries behind them--not to mention unseat Bush--but you gotta give us some red meat!

[political buttons]

Taking poetic license with Teresa's words

[Stakeout: Louisbourg Square]

The Kerry-Heinz-Kerry (?) residence is somewhere near the far corner, according to a secret service agent

Also convening in Boston this week: followers of Falun Gong

This is what we see every day on the way to and from the Fleet Center


Kerry-Edwards not working for you? Try this.

What do you want to see? Email us!

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Coming Up Tonight: Black Eyed Peas!

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Yes, we got a preview of tonight's musical component--a seriously thumping tune by Black Eyed Peas, which got what appeared to be 90% of the on-hand press onto the convention floor


Where is the love? Right here in the Fleet Center!

[some candids from the morning show]

Senator Jon Corzine


Senator Robert Byrd and Andrea Bernstein

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The Booth Grows

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Day three begins and our base at booth 56, which Brian has often described as 'six feet by six', is rapidly expanding...


What will the neighbors say?


He was supposed to be on our show right after Katie...not!

[Dept. of Political Rising Stars]

Dude, I just saw Ben Affleck. rotfl! ;}


Al Sharpton protege Jarrett Maupin Jr. (aka 'mini-me')

[Night and Day]

One of the things we've been noticing while doing our regular morning show and an evening show is the difference between day and night here at Fleet.

DAY
musical acts practicing on the podium
no people in silly outfits
no politicians milling around
Dunkin' Donuts closed

C'mon guys, follow your lines on the TeleprompTer!

NIGHT
floor passes hard to come by
lots of people in silly outfits
top politicians suddenly appear out of nowhere
Dunkin' Donuts open and doing a roaring business


Senator Clinton ambushed by the cameras in front of a bathroom. Her suit matches the walls.


Take one step closer, Jesse, and you're dead meat!

click below for a gallery of some political expressions

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Opening Night

Tuesday, July 27, 2004


All parties are low in carbs. Choose on taste.

The convention opened last night with famous Americans such as Jimmy Carter, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Patti Labelle. But don’t think we got any closer to the action than any ...

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I Can Hear You, New York

Monday, July 26, 2004


Brian speaks with DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe. It's his party.


The view from Brian's seat.


Guest David Chastine

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Pre-Convention Jitters

Monday, July 26, 2004

We arrived in Boston yesterday and immediately made our way to the Park Plaza Hotel, where a who's who of New York Democrats (and the journalists who follow them) is convening all this week.

On the BL Show today: New Jersey Governor James McGreevey , cyber opinionmaker

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Boston Tea Party

Friday, July 23, 2004

We're packing our bags and moving our act to Boston for the next week. We've made lists of what we need to take with us: alarm clocks, blackberries, energy bars. And made a list of who we want to see: Bill and Hillary, ...

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The Final Word

Thursday, July 22, 2004

The September 11 Commission released it's final report today (and since their website is down right now, the public interest must be more than they expected). Among the recommendations were the creation of a center for counter terrorism and a new Intelligence Director post. This was no surprise ...

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Conventional Blogging

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Next week, we will be joining the hoardes of bloggers covering the Democratic National convention (that's in addition to our broadcast show). We'll do our best to write about the interesting happenings from the floor of the Fleet Center and hopefully post some stuff you won't ...

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Travels with Pico

Monday, July 19, 2004

Pico Iyer, author of Sun After Dark: Flights Into the Foreign , talked to guest host Mike Pesca about his most recent book, his international upbringing, and his interest in intercultural collisions. Their conversation sparked one of our listeners to write in:

My grandfather, the Greek archeologist ...

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Culturally Divisive...And Proud!

Friday, July 16, 2004

Today's entire show was composed of those meaningless, culturally divisive questions that cause us to forget our common Americanness and vote against our class interests...I mean, cause us to run down to Federal Court and get a look at Martha Stewart: martyr or martinet?

Adolf Hitler: appropriate ...

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The Lament of Dr. Huxtable

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Bill Cosby's May 17th comments taking black youth to task provoked a storm of controversy--not to mention a blistering riposte from New York Times guest columnist, author Barbara Ehrenreich, who said on today's show that "if (Cosby) wants to do something to increase positive attitudes toward education ...

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Mysteries of the Pyramid

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

The USDA's food pyramid has confounded eaters since 1992, when it replaced the "four food groups". Can anyone really be expected to eat six to eleven servings of grains and starches a day? Where do Cheez Doodles® fit in? Eighty percent of Americans recognize it, but they have ...

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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.

Check out the news conference, ...

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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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