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Milt's File

A file of links relating to Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg, a talk show on Chicago's WGN Radio.

Friday, October 08, 2004

WHAT HAPPENED IN TABA BEFORE YESTERDAY'S MASS MURDER? They once "made peace" there as we are reminded in this article from today's U.K. Independent.
Tonight on Extension 720: John Kerry and George W. Bush face off in their second debate. Tonight in St. Louis, Missouri, they take questions from undecided voters in a town-hall meeting format. WGN Radio again will carry the debate in its entirety from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., and once again, Extension 720 will go live after the debate with commentary from JEFF JENKINS, professor of political science at Northwestern University, and Extension 720's old friend JOE MORRIS, chairman of the United Republican Fund of Illinois.

More information on this and other programs is available at our monthly program guide. You can listen to the debate and the show from 8 to 11 p.m. central time here.
WHAT THE DUELFER REPORT REALLY TELLS US...is that Saddam was planning to get back into the WMD business, big time!! This, from today's Front Page magazine, points up an important finding that--it may be predicted--will be largely ignored by the mainstream press.
WHATS UP AND AT STAKE TONIGHT? The view from the op-ed page at the Wall Street Journal is that Bush must, in tonight's debate, display our real achievements in Afghanistan AND Iraq--and "tell it like it really is" about France and Germany.
EVERYTHING (ALMOST) HANGS ON OHIO...says our friend John McIntyre at Real Clear Politics in today's dexterous analysis of the poll data bearing upon the Electoral College outcome.
WHAT DO THESE TERRORISTS REALLY WANT...TO HAPPEN ON NOVEMBER 2ND? For Krauthammer the answer is as simple as it is chilling. This strong column appeared today in the Washington Post and the other syndicate-subscriber papers.
TALKING TURKEY: So now they are half into the EU, sort of. What's the other half that has to be traversed and what will the consequences be when this first Islamic and mainly Asian nation is firmly within the European Union? This plain-talking forecast is from a private, EU-surveillance group based in the U.K.
CALLING SAM HUNTINGTON AND VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Yes, you're right--if we are to extrapolate from this story in the El Paso Times.
THIS GUY IN LONDON...has a plan to bring East and West together in one happy family. The editors at The Daily Star in Beirut like it. All we have to do is: be more honest and more friendly. Uhhuuuh...
AS THE TWIG IS BENT, THE TREE MAY NOT BE INCLINED: The influence of parental behavior upon the personality development of their children may have been much exaggerated says this apparently wise and well-informed British psychologist writing in Spiked magazine.
THE VIEW FROM THE QUAD: Larry Summers has, indeed, shaken things up a bit at Harvard. Here he tells all (almost) to a British interviewer from the Guardian who obviously is seeing things through Oxbridge tinted eyes.
SELBST HASSE IN CAMBRIDGE, MASS: Apart from his many other idiocies and angry petulancies there is, in the unceasing pronouncements of Professor Chomsky, a disdain for his own group of origin unequaled since Karl Marx. This article from Front Page tells a good part of the dreary story.
ALL FOR LOVE...OR SOMETHING: This may rank as the most enjoyably acidulous book review of the year. It is Tom Shone in the New York Observer, closely observing the second memoiristic account of the lovelife of Gloria Vanderbilt.
THE MAN WHO LEFT THE CONCERT HALL: Glenn Gould was, to be sure, on the eccentric side. But he was a distictively great artist in a mode all his own--and we probably shall not look upon (or hear!) his like again. A fine new biography has been published and here is a full and appreciative review/essay from the New York Review of Books.
THE OTHER HAYDN: This spirited performance of Michael Haydn's Divertimento in C Major features a great, but unidentified, oboe player.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Tonight on Extension 720: Chicago has long been recognized as one of the most architecturally significant cities in the world. Tonight, we will examine the latest changes to the city—including Millenium Park—and discuss how the architectural changes are in turn, altering the city’s social and cultural landscapes. Our guests include BLAIR KAMIN, architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, and JOHN McCARRON, former urban affairs columnist and member of the editorial board at the Tribune.

More information on this and other programs is available at our monthly program guide. You can listen to the show from 9 to 11 p.m. central time here.
Milt's File is taking the day off, but will return tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Tonight on Extension 720: Though ostensibly the United States’ ally in the war on terror, Pakistan remains a volatile country with uneasy relations with its neighbors, India and Afghanistan, and with worrisome nuclear capabilities. Tonight, STEPHEN COHEN, senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution, joins the program to discuss the history and current state of this crucially placed country. Cohen is the author of the widely regarded India: Emerging Power, and his new book is The Idea of Pakistan. He will be joined in discussion by MARSHALL BOUTON, president of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations.

More information on this and other programs is available at our monthly program guide. You can listen to the show from 9 to 11 p.m. central time here.
SO, WHO WON LAST NIGHT? The press is quite mixed on the morning after. Among the "on the one hand, and on the other" editorials this one in USA Today is a pathomnemonic specimen.
THE THIRTY TERRORIST BANDS OF IRAQ: The insurgency we face has many faces and not all of them are recognizable according to the counter-terrorism specialists and the military commanders. This valuable article was posted yesterday by one of the AP people on the scene.
THE FUTURE OF TERRORISM: Walter Laquer is a senior member of the small contingent of "truly wise men" concerned with security issues and international politics. This major article is as insightful as any we have seen on the central policy issue of our time and it is well complemented by the al-Azm essay that follows it.
ISLAM HAS ALREADY LOST TO THE WEST...says a leading Syrian intellectual. According to Sadik al-Azm, new winner of the Erasmus prize, the 9/11 attack was the beginning of the end of the Islamist assault upon the opposing and dominating "civilization." This important article was recently featured in the Boston Review.
THE NAZI ORIGINS OF AL-QAEDA...are revealed in this startling article by a former assistant (a long time ago) to the Attorney General of the U.S.
AMERICAN CONSERVATISM AND THE REST: The omnipresent and omni-expressive Mark Steyn explains, in the current issue of the U.K. Spectator, how the American brand differs from the available others.
WHAT KERRY REALLY SAID...AND WHAT HE REVEALED...as interpreted by an undisguised pro-Bush partisan, namely Jed Babbin at the American Spectator. If it takes a few days to find the interior illogic of a seemingly smooth debate performance, Babbin has used those days well.
THE BIG ELECTION IS ONLY FOUR DAYS AWAY! That's in Australia where the government of John Howard is being seriously challenged by Labour which is, in turn, being assisted by the sister of John Kerry. Here's the latest from The Age, Australia's national newspaper.
A TRIP TO THE MOON ON A GOSSAMER SPACECRAFT...now seems to be in the cards if you can wait for fifteen years and can manage the rather stiff fare. As usual with the BBC, the sidebars fill out the picture and tell you all--or more than--you need to know.
WILL THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING COME TO NOTHING? A great scientist (Roger Penrose) and a great science writer (Martin Gardner) are equally obsessed with getting "all that is the case" into one explanatory framework. And here, from the current issue of the New Criterion, is the review by the latter of the new, major attempt in that direction by the former.
IN WHAT WAY ARE STALIN AND PUTIN ALIKE? Increasingly, the latter is coming to match the former in repressing writers who aspire to "speak truth to power." Recent developments in the restoration of state censorship and the supression of books are reported here by Carlin Romano in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
SOME CONVERSATIONS BEFORE HANGING: Here's what some of the Nazi defendents at the Nuremberg Trials had to say to the Jewish American psychiatrist assigned to interview them. The "banality of evil" hypothesis is not neccessarily disconfirmed on the basis of what is to be found in the book reporting those conversations and reviewed here for Newsday.
THE MYSTERIOUS GENIUS OF BUENOS AIRES...was, of course, Jorge Luis Borges. Many years ago he appeared on our radio program and spoke in as enticingly enigmatic a mode as one would have expected. This new biography, as reviewed for The Economist, may or may not dispel the mystery.
THE FIRST WAR-TIME SYMPHONY OF SHOSTAKOVICH: This one, the great Eighth is, we think, more powerful and moving than the celebrated Ninth. In this superb performance, Gergiev conducts the Kirov Orchestra.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Tonight on Extension 720: WGN Radio will be carrying the debate between Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic nominee John Edwards live from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. Directly, after the debate, Extension 720 will go live with DAVID AXELROD and JOE MORRIS. Axelrod is a well-regarded political consultant and worked for John Edwards during his primary run. Morris is a Chicago-based lawyer and the chairman of the United Republican Fund of Illinois.

More information on this and other programs is available at our monthly program guide. You can listen to the debate and analysis from 8 to 11 p.m. central time here.
Milt's File is taking the day off, but will return tomorrow.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Tonight on Extension 720, we celebrate the publication of one of the most comprehensive and important books ever written about the city of Chicago: The Encyclopedia of Chicago. Taking over ten years to complete, this work is now the foremost catalog of this city’s long cultural, economic and political history. Joining us live will be the editors: JAMES R. GROSSMAN, ANN DURKIN KEATING and JANICE L. REIFF.

More information on this and other programs is available at our monthly program guide. You can listen to the show from 9 to 11 p.m. central time here.


THE TERRORISTS IN OUR MIDST...are as fanatic as the ones in the Middle East and are commanded as much by Iran as by Al Qaida. This article is essential reading.
A NEW FORCE IN IRANIAN POLITICS...is a conservative, theocratic, anti-Western youth movement which turns out to be more regressive than the founding Ayatollahs. This unconsoling news is reported here by Eurasia Net.
SUBSTANCE VERSUS STYLE IN THE FIRST DEBATE: We think that Morton Zuckerman, the publisher of U.S. News, is right on target in these comments about last Thursday's debate. It is a touch disheartening that much of the public reacts to "the visuals" rather than to the arguments. Still, one does expect that the Bush team will now get their man to "straighten up and smile right."
DID THE DEBATE CHANGE VOTING INTENTIONS? Apparently not, according to this quick poll conducted for ABC News. But that is not to say that the first (and second and third) round may not ultimately exert some real influence. The game's afoot!!
WILL EUROPE BECOME ISLAMIC? Bernard Lewis has said that--if present immigration trends continue--it will, by the end of the present century. As the EU contemplates taking in Turkey, an urgent debate about Euro-Islam has arisen in "high councils." Here is the view from The Weekly Standard.
THIS (RENASCENT BRITISH ANTI-SEMITISM) IS GETTING SERIOUS: The Jerusalem Post here reviews the latest gratuitous and insulting attack by a Brit bureaucrat upon a young Israeli. The offense? Serving in her country's army!
THE EPISCOPAL HOUSE DIVIDED: Since the ordination of the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, the disruptive influence of the various "gay issues" has been ever more visible in the church founded by Henry VIII. The resulting schism, according to this report from the New York Times, has led three California dioceses to affiliate with the Ugandan branch.
A MODERN REPLAY OF THE SCOPES TRIAL: This time in Columbus, Ohio and now the anti-Darwinian contender is "intelligent design theory." This thorough account of the latest eruption of anti-evolutionism is from Wired magazine.
PHILIP ROTH'S COUNTER-FACTUAL NOVEL...has just received the longest review that has ever (at least in living memory) been published in the Sunday New York Times Book Review. Here, ta-dah, it is.
WHAT ABOUT HANNAH ARENDT? Her view of the Holocaust; her insights into the civil rights struggle; her early and renewed "love affair" with the leading Nazi intellectual; all are under consideration in this excellent evaluative essay just published in the Hudson Review.
THE FATE OF THE CAMBRIDGE SPIES, PARTICULARLY KIM PHILBY...is recounted here by David Pyrce Jones in an excellent article from the current issue of The New Criterion.
TWO VERY DIFFERENT MAGAZINES...are Harper's and the New Criterion. The editor of the former gets some corrective commentary from the editor the latter in this riposte to his (the former's) critique. Are you following this? Read this mini-essay. Its worth it!
YOUNG (VERY) BING CROSBY...started his career as one of the three Original Rhythm Boys. Here they are--mostly in performances fronting for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, circa 1927-1930.