It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections are in italics.
Sometimes you come across audio that's so good, you just have to lead with it. So, apropos of nothing (important) that happened this week, The Mix begins with Donald Trump at the CPAC conference, where he reminded us that - among other things - the "United States needs a winner." And while he wasn't exactly ready to decalare outright victory, Wael Ghonim displayed true leadership this past week, and talked to 60 minutes about his message to dictators throughout the Arab world. That was a message echoed by President Obama in his press conference, where he expressed hope for protesters. Things went from hopeful to scary at the end of the week, though, and new Press Secretary Jay Carney had to walk a fine line in the administrations response to violence in Bahrain. The week's other big story was the fiscal situation here at home. It's budget season, and it seems like everyone offered a proposal that on the one hand made "tough choices" but at the same time cast blame up the chain of command. So we walk that chain, starting at the city level with Speaker Christine Quinn griping about Mayor Bloomberg; who in turn was unhappy with Albany and Governor Cuomo; who in turn is trying to face a future without the Obama administration's stimulus support.