As the months have gone by since John McCain revealed his total cynicism and contempt for America's national security by selecting one Sarah Palin to be a potential vice-president of the United States, we Palinpregnant have learned that every single ghastly attribute we discovered in the campaign is worse than we thought at the time. The narcissism, the pathological and incessant lying, the viciousness, the delusions of grandeur, the vindictiveness, the fathomless and proud ignorance, the opportunism, the vanity, the white trash concupiscence and fraudulence in almost every respect: these are now indisputable. How an advanced democracy came that close to having this farce of a candidate running the most powerful country on earth reveals how deep the corruption of our politics and especially our media are.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
My conversation with James Hider.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
My conversation with Luis Alberto Urrea:
Monday, June 22, 2009
My Conversation with Philippe Bourgois:
Friday, June 19, 2009
My conversation with Barry Seldes.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Events in Iran are moving quickly, and any attempt by Westerners to fully understand the complexity and the dizzying array of actors and institutions is often met with frustration. One who does understand however, is Middle East and South Asia Expert Juan Cole. The author of the blog INFORMED COMMENT Professor of History at the University of Michigan and author of Engaging the Muslim World, provides some keen insights into what twitter, the blogs and a little of the MSM is bringing us.
My conversation this morning with Juan Cole.
Amidst the housing meltdown, rising energy costs and an increasingly dysfunctional health care system, America's poor are also battling hunger. Outside of the media sight-lines, all types of communities are struggling to put any type of food on the table. SASHA ABRAMSKY, a senior fellow at the New York think tank Demos, in his new book Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger and How to Fix It sounds the alarm.
My conversation with Sasha Abramsky:
Monday, June 8, 2009
Woman are earning more college degrees and more graduate degrees. Research has repeatedly shown that those companies that employ more woman in the upper echelons of management simply make more money. How are these facts, coupled with new technology, re-framing our old ideas about the workplace? As women are still a great untapped lever for companies around the world, how do companies and woman find new solutions and opportunities and achieve a better balance in business and in life. This is the work that Claire Shipman of Good Morning America and ABC News and Katty Kay of the BBC take on in their new book Womenomics.
My conversation with Claire Shipman and Katty Kay:
My conversation with Ayelet Waldman.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The rise of Venezuela’s left-wing President, Hugo Chavez, is a lesson in what can happen when the U.S. disses an entire continent. Who is Chavez, and what role has he played in the fact that U.S. influence in Latin America is perhaps at its lowest ebb. Brian Nelson, in his book The Silence and the Scorpion: The Coup Against Chavez and the Making of Modern Venezuela, shows why the U.S., especially under the Bush administration, has failed in our Latin American policy and why the most resource rich country in the region is also the most corrupt.
My conversation with Brian Nelson:
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
David Brooks nails everything wrong with the GM Bailout. Money quote:
For the elemental facts about the Obama restructuring plan are these: Bureaucratically, the plan is smart. Financially, it is tough-minded. But when it comes to the corporate culture that is at the core of G.M.’s woes, the Obama approach is strangely oblivious. The Obama plan won’t revolutionize G.M.’s corporate culture. It could make things worse.
Monday, June 1, 2009
My conversation with Peter Baker:
If Pakistan is the central front in the war on terror, why don't we know more about it? For years we have read and listened to reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan, but arguably not enough about Pakistan; a country with nuclear weapons, an unstable government and a military with questionable allegiances. Nicholas Schmidle, an accomplished journalist, spent two years studying and reporting from Pakistan and understands the reality on the ground as few others do. In his new book To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan, Nick Schmidle takes us inside his two years in a nation always on the bring of chaos.
My conversation with Nick Schmidle: