Fault Lines

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

If you are unhappy with the state of American democracy, you may have no one to blame but yourself. Historian Andrew Bacevich argues that our own “empire of consumption” contains the seeds of its own destruction. Plus, on the brink of the Democratic National Convention, an update on the buzz around Barack Obama’s Vice Presidential choice.

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Text and Power

WNYC Political Director Andrea Bernstein discusses the buzz surrounding Obama's VP choice and if Hillary Clinton is still a realistic choice.

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Foreign Policy

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell who negotiated the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland,talks about diplomatic implications of the Georgian conflict and Musharref's resignation in Pakistan.

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The Windy City

James Gallagher, senior vice president of Energy and Telecommunications with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and Jeff Ball, environmental news editor for the Wall Street Journal, discuss Mayor Bloomberg's plan to bring windmill power to New York City.

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All Together Now

In his new book The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (Metropolitan Books, 2008), Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations and history at Boston University, West Point graduate, and Vietnam veteran, critiques U.S. foreign policy and unilateral action but also points the finger at the U.S. citizenry.

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Albany Update

Fred Dicker, State Editor for the New York Post, gives us the latest on the budget negotiations in Albany.


Drinking Age Debate

You can vote, gamble, drive, go off to war at age 18, but you can't legally have a drink in the U.S. 114 college presidents are trying to reopen the debate about the drinking age, and to explain both sides are Laura Dean-Mooney, President of Mothers Against Drunk ...

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