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.
Okay, the comparisons between protests in the Middle East and the American Midwest are a little thin, but those events did make up the bulk of our tape this week. Can you guess which democracy movement former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm was talking about? It was the protesters in Wisconsin, not the unnamed protester in the Libyan city of Tripoli. In that country, Moammar Gadhafi gave a rambling and defiant speech, and continued to crack down violently on protesters, drawing a strong rebuke from President Obama. Back in the United States, Obama spoke out against Governor Scott Walker's proposed legislation to scale back public sector union rights in his attempt to balance the state budget. The state fiscal crunch is also at the top of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's agenda, and he too thinks the public sector must sacrifice. And while the American left and right certainly have a healthy level of distrust with each other these days, at least no one is accusing the opposition of being drug-addled Al Qaeda agents, as Gadhafi did -- something that drew a bemused response from the New Yorker's Steve Coll.