Thursday, July 01, 2004
Why doesn't the USA have a broad working-class movement, akin to European social democratic parties? It's been a vexing riddle for American lefties for decades. At a recent conference at SUNY-Stony Brook's Center for Study of Working Class Life, professors, activists, and members of the working class got ...
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Whether to rebroadcast an old program is often a tough call. Is the program still topical? If people have heard it before, will they want to listen again?
In the case of our "Culture Storm" taping from last May, we knew the discussion on "life and politics in the election ...
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Daniel Libeskind defended himself from New York Time's writer Robin Pogrebin's article "The Incredible Shrinking Daniel Libeskind." Mr. Libeskind's design for the World Trade Center has whittled down as has his influence since Larry Silverstein flexed his muscles and hired David Childs from Skidmore, ...
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Today we discussed the treatment of detainees in both Iraq and Afghanistan with Julian Barnes and Chitra Ragavan from US News and World Report. The conversation about detainees continued with Seymour Hersh from The New Yorker. Both conversations referred to the President Bush's order which can be read here.
Text of order signed by President Bush on Feb. 7, 2002, outlining treatment of al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees:
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Among its findings:
>there were serious communications deficiencies between government officials on the morning of 9/11, and at ...
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Seven years ago, before reality shows like "Newlyweds" and "Nip/Tuck" made intimate details about ordinary people's lives available to the general public, documentarian Murray Nossel began gathering some remarkable footage from the lives of a gay male couple who were trying to have a baby.
That footage has ...
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
On his second night on deployment in Iraq last September, Staff Sgt. Georg-Andreas Pogany saw a mutilated corpse and suffered a breakdown. He reports that the following morning his body was shaking, he vomited repeatedly, and began doubt his ability to complete his mission. A few weeks later, Pogany was ...
Monday, June 14, 2004
40 million Americans claim Irish descent, and many of them can also claim Irish citizenship. That's because Irish law grants the grandchild of any Irish citizen the automatic right to become Irish too. For many years, it was a sentimental gesture of little real value to anyone.
But today, with one of the best economies in Europe, Ireland has become a magnet for immigrants from Eastern Europe and Asia. A country of net emigration has become a hot immigration destination, and the children of those immigrants born in Ireland have been considered Irish under the law.
Until last Sunday. That's when a majority of Irish voted to do away with "birthright" citizenship and impose a system closer to the European norm, where linguistic ability and the intention to reside in the country must be proven.
On the show today, we discussed the matter with Carol Coulter, legal affairs correspendent for the Irish Times. While many of our listeners thought the move churlish, others felt a small country like Ireland had to do something to protect its traditions. Listener feedback.
On the show tomorrow: British Muslim comedienne Shazi Mirza.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
One of the aspects not mentioned in analysis of the Mayor’s noise control proposal seems to be the one thing most of our listeners want addressed: car alarms. During our discussion of the bill today, many listeners weighed in on this aural bane of NYC living. Some pointed to the notion that car alarms do nothing in the way of theft deterrence, merely attacking the ear drums of innocent bystanders. Others said they witnessed car stereo thieves at work, completely unfazed by the blaring alarm. In fact, the City Council holds hearings on the matter tomorrow. Here are some selected emails on the matter, including listener opinions on Mister Softee trucks.
Be sure to email us your response.
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Here's a question that apparently occupies a lot of our listeners (and emailers): why has the United States never had a successful, durable of economic populist movement, similar to European socialism?
New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks he has the answer: the United States is an aspirational society, ...
Monday, June 07, 2004
On our show last Friday, Dick Morris said Hillary Clinton is lying in saying her daughter Chelsea was near the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Senator Clinton made the comments in an interview she gave a week after the attacks and Morris says Chelsea contradicted her mother in her own article five months later. The former aide to President Clinton and now syndicated columnist uses this to attack the Senator’s credibility.
But on closer inspection of both Clinton’s accounts, the truth is a little more nuanced. Chelsea wrote that she was watching television in a Union Square apartment when the planes hit, but was in the World Trade Center’s vicinity when they actually collapsed. Senator Clinton seemed to indicate Chelsea was there “when the planes hit,” seemingly confusing this with the event that happened an hour later.
Friday, June 04, 2004
Is Senator Clinton more like former President Richard Nixon or former Senator Robert F. Kennedy? That's the question that's bugging political consultant Dick Morris. Morris, of course, advised for Mrs. Clinton's husband when he was President. Now he has a book out, ...