Listener Link Library: Add Your Reading Picks

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 09:37 AM

On Monday's show we spoke with Siva Vaidhyanathan about whether the Internet is "closing our minds" when it comes to finding new ideas and perspectives. All this week we're collecting your links to interesting articles you've found online -- and any opposing viewpoints you may have discovered in the process.

Post a link to any interesting issue-oriented article you read online in the comments below, along with a link to an opposing viewpoint (if you found it). Tell us about the article, and how it either confirmed your viewpoint or led to a new one. We'll gather your reading lists all week, then display them and dig in.

»» NOTE: Thanks for all your suggestions. We're working on cool ways to display all of these and let you link through and comment. Stay tuned, this is an ongoing project!

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Comments [26]

Richard Sloat

Frustrated by our dysfunctional uncompromising Congress. I have posted to YouTube a political satire called "Taking the Tea Party Republican Tax Pledge" The link below.

For an opposing viewpoint go to Americans for Tax Reform. Link below.

Apr. 20 2012 04:19 AM
Barbara from New York City

Right-wing group will take up voter suppression effort dropped by ALEC

The National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) will be stepping into the breach the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) left this week when it disbanded its voter suppression arm. ...

Apr. 20 2012 02:10 AM
Brandon from Brooklyn, NY

USDA allows poultry industry to self-inspect and allows factory farms to "speed up the processing lines to a dizzying 175 birds per minute with one USDA inspector at the end of the line"

Apr. 19 2012 05:30 PM
Jim from Manhattan

Great article about a proposed new rule would make it easier to find out who’s bankrolling political attack ads by posting the information online. On Bill Moyers page’m-big-bird-and-i-don’t-endorse-this-message/

Apr. 19 2012 12:02 PM

A new big story in Texas Monthly has bombshells in the supposedly dead, long forgotten Bush national guard story. Must read!

Apr. 19 2012 11:49 AM
Bea Lindstrom
Haiti is the third-largest UN peacekeeping operation in the world, though the country hasn't seen a war in our lifetimes. Their mission in Haiti, known locally as MINUSTAH, has an annual budget of 800 million dollars, and yet, shockingly, there has been no large-scale reallocation of funds to cholera treatment and prevention. Providing clean drinking water for all Haitians -- the only way to control the epidemic -- would cost 746 million to 1.1 billion dollars. It would take only 18 days of their operating expenses to fund a cholera vaccination campaign that would cover the entire country.

Apr. 19 2012 11:46 AM
Jack M from NJ

This is an interesting editorial piece by Glenn Greenwald about Julian Assange, his new talk show and his hunger for hard-hitting journalism and transparency in government:

Greenwald's article is a response to a review penned by Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times. Stanley has a different view on Assange's new show. That counterpoint can be found here:

As a journalist at the dawn of my career, I believe Assange is doing the right thing. From what I can see, he is fighting for truth. I hope I, along with my fellow young journalists, take a lesson from Assange's bold actions. We need to rebuild the watchdog press, and Assange is a great role model. Naturally, Greenwald's article reaffirmed my beliefs.

But I took the time to read Stanley's take on the matter. I tried to rationalize her thoughts, and I simply cannot do so. Her review took a few shots below Assange's belt, in my opinion. If we value true journalism in our society -- which I hope we do -- then we should value what Assange has done for the industry. And we should at least give him a chance to prove himself as an interviewer, rather than writing off his show because it airs on a particular channel.

Apr. 19 2012 12:23 AM
paul from NYC

I just found this an interesting corrective to the American-centric view of the Internet:

Apr. 18 2012 10:40 PM
A.H. Scott from New York City

When I read this article in Sunday's New York Times about Trish Vickers, it proved to me that the human spirit is alive and blossoming. Mrs. Vickers lives in Dorset (United Kingdom) and she is blind. The miracle of this story about her, is the fact that she wanted to write a novel.

You have to read this article for yourself to find the unexpected miracle that happens to this inspiring woman.

A writer writes, no matter what the obstacles they may face. And, the heart of a writer lives within Mrs. Trish Vickers.

Apr. 18 2012 11:02 AM
John from Annandale NJ

There's an essay that I believe every WNYC listener (& every consumer of media) should read, especially in this run-up to the election. It's called "The Braindead Megaphone" by George Saunders. It's a humorous look at how "the loudest guy in the room" controls "the discussion." I couldn't find a link to the whole essay, but here is one to a synopsis and brief excerpt. (If anyone can find a link to the entire essay and upload it here, I'd be much obliged.)

Apr. 17 2012 11:17 AM
dianakrw from NYC Upper West Side

Esquire's February 2012 issue was "Things We Can All Agree On."

Here is the link to the third page of an interview with former President Bill Clinton, discussing US infrastructure.

Apr. 16 2012 10:37 PM
Sena from New York

What is possible (or not) in Bosnia? Compare with a widespread opinion.

Anger and Poverty Unite Former Enemies in Bosnia
By AIDA CERKEZ Associated Press, January 31, 2012 (AP)

Apr. 16 2012 03:35 PM
Wildboer from NJ

3 articles on "job killing regulations." The first is Obama's vision for an effective, efficient regulatory system. The second argues for deregulation. The third is the kicker, criticizing both the administrations regulatory policies and the conservative overreaction to those policies.

1) Obama's Op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, "Toward a 21st Century Regulatory System."

2) An Op-ed from titled, "The Onerous Effects of Over-Regulation."

3) Last, but most important. NY Times columnist David Brooks' op-ed, "The Wonky Liberal."

Apr. 16 2012 12:13 PM

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Apr. 16 2012 12:09 PM

This is about coverage of climate change and addresses the notion of 'false balance'. It contains many links, including links points of view from the other side.

Apr. 16 2012 12:04 PM

Jeffrey Toobin analyzes the Supreme Court's Health Care Bill hearings:

Apr. 16 2012 11:38 AM
William from Manhattan

The Iran Debate: To Strike or Not to Strike
Arguments Over Military Action

Apr. 16 2012 11:34 AM

health care/ abortion debate

Apr. 16 2012 11:33 AM
anonymous from NYC

interesting article on

Apr. 16 2012 11:32 AM
Jean from Financial District

The Case Against Rent Control

Apr. 16 2012 11:31 AM
Mike from Manhattan

"What teachers know vs. what education policymakers do"
By Valerie Strauss

Apr. 16 2012 11:30 AM
Mike from Manhattan

Flunking the Test
From American Journalism Review, April/May 2012

Apr. 16 2012 11:27 AM

"The White Savior Industrial Complex," by Teju Cole, in The Atlantic:

Apr. 16 2012 11:26 AM

Global Warming

"Reid Bryson maintains his long-standing opinions on
anthropogenic climate change, and he's certainly entitled to
them," Vavrus said.

Apr. 16 2012 11:24 AM
David from West Hempstead

I find that the internet has provided me with more access to conservative viewpoints. I participate in a forum where people from various perspectives talk about politics, and it's helped me be able to keep my finger on the pulse of conservative hysteria without having to browse over to drudge. - Pro Ron Paul thread - General politics

Apr. 16 2012 10:55 AM

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