Occasional blogging, mostly of the long-form variety.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Radio and TV Roundup

This American Life's great episode from 5/9/08, "The Giant Pool of Money," is one of the best, clearest explanations of the current housing crisis you're likely to find. Basically, short-term greed overcame any consideration of long-term consequences. Funny how that works. (But glibertarians and fat cats will still tell you all regulations, even those that would have prevented this conduct a decade or so ago, are bad.)

Rick Perlstein discusses his new book Nixonland on Fresh Air, with some great anecdotes. (Plus, Mark Evanier discusses his new book about comic book icon Jack "King" Kirby, true believers!)

Reverend Carroll Pickett's interview on Fresh Air is thought-provoking stuff:

Reverend Carroll Pickett was the death-house chaplain at the Walls prison unit in Huntsville, Texas for 13 years. During his tenure, he ministered to 95 inmates executed by lethal injection. He is the subject of a new documentary, At the Death House Door.

"Rape in the Military" is PBS show Now's look at a very troubling trend that QuestionGirl covered not long ago (and BH has covered for some time).

Democracy Now! recaps everything known to date about Pat Tillman's death, and for Memorial Day, ran another piece on Winter Soldier.

Robert Scheer discusses his new book The Pornography of Power on The Politics of Culture, from L.A.-based NPR station KCRW (my regular listening destination). Plenty of dissection of the neocons and the military-industrial complex.

(Cross-posted at The Blue Herald)


Anonymous said...

I'm going to have to get my hands on that This American Life podcast. They do podcasts, don't they?

I'm so out of it! Thanks for tipping me to it.

Batocchio said...

DCup, you can listen to it online or download it. I'd be surprised if there wasn't a way to subscribe to the show as well.