Friday, January 21, 2005
Today listeners called in to respond to David Brooks' recent op-ed column about whether it wouldn't better for women to have children before focusing on their careers instead of having to take time off in the middle and perhaps miss out on having children entirely. And whether our social policies shouldn't work to make the children-first option more feasible. What do you think?
Here are some of the responses we received during the show:
It is important that women establish their independence economically early in life. It grants them options in who they marry, why them marry, how they share power in their relationships and what their options are if life throws them a curve. Knowing that you are capable of managing your own career and finances is more powerful for both you and your spouse. It also gives you the opportunity to prepare financially to be home with the family you want to raise. As for the remark that men could never consider this in their twenties...the gentleman was 100% correct about that. Corporate America shows no mercy for men who prioritize family first... A. C.
Clearly David Brooks has never dated a 'man' in his 20's! I can't imagine trying to marry and have children with one! -Patty in Manhattan
Nowadays, people don't work for one company or even in one profession for a lifetime. I know many people who work in one profession for 5-10 years and then switch to something else (sometimes something completely different). Perhaps women who are interested in more than one profession can have children between two of their "careers" -- K.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Here are some listener comments from our mail bag in reference to the Condoleezza Rice confrimation hearings.
chavez was elected. a referendum to remove him was defeated last year. the only thing the US government doesn't like about him is that he hasn't privatized the oil industry. D.B.
The problem ...
Monday, January 17, 2005
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.
Friday, January 14, 2005
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 ...
Friday, January 14, 2005
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, ...
Thursday, January 13, 2005
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 ...
Monday, January 10, 2005
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 ...
Thursday, January 06, 2005
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 ...
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
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
Dec 14 letter
All Congressional letters from the Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee
Email us your response
Read the letter Michael Moore entitled "Just One Senator" on his site today.
Hear past segments in the series.
By the way, today's temporary call-in number is 212-227-7606
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
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.
Monday, January 03, 2005
Thursday, December 30, 2004
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 ...
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
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 ...
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
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 ...
Thursday, December 23, 2004
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 ...