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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, November 19, 2004

Tonight on Extension 720: Thurgood Marshall once said “"The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down.” The Civil Rights Movement sought to rectify the inequalities of racism. Tonight on the show we examine the triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement and examine the work still to be done with HERB BOYD, an award-winning author and journalist. His latest book is We Shall Overcome, which features audio segments from the era—many of which we will play tonight.

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.
SOME FREE ADVICE FOR THE PRESIDENT...which, in this instance, may be worth more than was paid for it. The source is George W's former speech-writer David Frum writing in the Wall Street Journal.
THE BUSH AND HOWARD VICTORIES...stir some interesting reflections from a conservative Australian journalist who suggests that, in both countries, the "deconstructionist left" is paying for its intellectual sins.
ARE KOFI'S DAYS AT THE U.N. NUMBERED? If this story is to be believed his employees are turning against him--though the main complaint is an intra-office one with the larger scandals of far greater provenance given only subsidiary mention.
"NOSTALGIA" FOR THE SOVIET AND SATELLITE PAST...seems to be the latest form of youthful deviance in the former Communist nations of Europe according to this somewhat disheartening report from Transitions magazine.
THE FIRST AMERICANS MAY HAVE BEEN EUROPEANS...according to the archeological team who have been digging in South Carolina and whose exciting findings are detailed in this coverage from the Christian Science Monitor.
HOW USEFUL IS THE NEW "GOOGLE SCHOLAR" SEARCH ENGINE? Well we just tried it on an ego-scan and turned up lots of citations of our own published juvenalia. For a more closely considered evaluation check out these comments and responses by "anonymous" on the Traffick website.
THE POPPERIAN ANTI-DARWINIAN GAMBIT...frequently employed by "scientific" creationists tells only half of the story. Here's "the rest of the story" as conveyed by Massimo Pigliucci in the current issue of The Skeptical Inquirer.
JONATHAN MILLER IS AN ATHIEST...or so he says in a current BBC series. John Gray thinks his reasoning is muddled and--in point of fact--wrong! Here's why--from the British magazine, Prospect.
DOES GOD EXIST AND CAN THAT EXISTENCE BE PROVED? from St. Anselm to Paul Tillich, a major approach has been via the "ontological" argument. Whazzat? Read on in this challenging but not obscure treatise from the theology journal, Quodlibet.
THE COMING DEMISE OF SAM HUNTINGTON'S AMERICA: This curious, provocative, possibly disheartening essay is a response to Sam Huntington's lament for an American civilzation that may be going under the demographic wave. Douthat thinks that Huntington's pessimistic predictions are largely correct--but that we should grin and bear it because it will take a few hundred years more before our country goes into its inevitable decline. Hmmmmm.
THE MEANING OF MILGRAM: Remember? The fellow who did the "obedience" experiments which "simulated" or demonstrated the "Eichman Effect?" A recent book about him and his startling social psychological studies is given close critical analysis in this essay from the London Review of Books. The proprietor can't resist adding that "I knew him Horatio" and was his colleague (but not his research associate) at Yale when and where the work was done.
THE LEFTIST PROFESSORS...far outnumber their opposites in the American universities these days. The extent of that imbalance is detailed in this article from the New York Times, which flounders a bit in trying to explain how things got this way and why they stay this way.
THE MUSINGS OF A NOBEL LAUREATE (ECONOMICS)...are reported here as the gleanings from what must have been a rather benign interview session between Ronald Coase and the staffer from the University of Chicago Chronicle.
LADY DAY SINGS THE BLUES: The classically perfect jazz and blues vocalist of 52nd street (and Cafe Society Downtown) is heard here in a generous collection. Essential listening: Fine and Mellow; Ain't Nobody's Business; Lady Sings the Blues; Mean to Me.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Tonight on Extension 720: We examine the complete history of communism, particularly as it was manifested in the Soviet Union. From its intellectual roots in Marx and Engels, its practicioners of Stalin and Lenin, and its final days under Gorbachev, we will completely examine the history of the U.S.S.R. with JOHN BUSHNELL, professor of history at Northwestern University.

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 will return tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Tonight on Extension 720: Alexandros III Philippou Makedonon, or King Alexander III of Macedon, was the greatest of all ancient warriors, conquering most of the known world to form an empire that stretched from Southeast Asia to Egypt. Tonight, we explore the life and legacy of Alexander the Great with a panel of, including JOHN PREVAS, author of the new book Envy of the Gods: Alexander the Great's Ill-fated Journey Across Asia and BRIAN LAVELLE, professor of classics at Loyola University Chicago.

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.
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW...is NOT the new missile system that friend Putin says his guys are developing. Here's the claim as issued from the Kremlin; let's hope it is merely a "disinformatia" operation.
SO, WHAT TO DO ABOUT IRAN? Kenneth Pollack addressed that question in his recent and, we thought, particularly well-informed and insightful book. Here's the Kakutani review from the New York Times. Coming soon (by Friday!) on our audio archive, the full discussion that we recently did with Pollack on Extension 720.
THE SCANDAL AT THE U.N. AND THE RESPONSIBILITY OF KOFI ANNAN: Claudia Rossett has been on the case from the beginning and in this op-ed from today's Wall Street Journal she calls the Secretary general to account for the accounts!!
SAFIRE EXPLAINS THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD: As he himself prepares to depart his columnar location, the sage of the New York Times op-ed page sheds what looks to us to be real light upon the meaning of the cabinet departures (and arrivals) that have occured this week.
THE APOLOGIA PRO VITA SUA...OF SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC! Remember old Slobo? Well, it turns out that he had his reasons for doing what he did--and besides he didn't do it. Here's his full statement as the defense portion of his trial commences.
WHO GETS YASSER'S BILLIONS...is one of the most difficult issues that his successors will have to sort out, according to this informed article by our former Ambassador to Israel and Egypt. A related question is, of course, can they wrest the hoard away from the widow.
ARAFAT'S SEARCH FOR THE HISTORICAL JESUS...led him to the discovery of Jesus as the first "Palestinian Freedom Fighter" and apparently that image persists as a basic trope in Palestinian propaganda according to this informative article from Front Page magazine.
THE DUTCH AS RECOVERING MULTICULTURALISTS: The land in which a thousand flowers (or tulip species) did really bloom now faces some hard facts about the Jihadist threat from within. This report of recent "turn-around" developments is from the invaluable Front Page magazine.
HARVARD AND NAZISM: Don't laugh (or groan) but check this out. A historian from the University of Oklahoma has dug up some embarrasing stuff about Putzi Hanfstaengl (and others) being warmly received on the quad...though, to be sure, rather a long time ago.
CAN A LYING HISTORIAN BE BELIEVED? The answer, in the particular case of Joseph Ellis, appears to be "yes" according to this story from the local paper that reports on the professorial life at Mount Holyoke College.
AND SPEAKING OF PROFESSORS WHO LIE...here, as reported by the AP, is a professor who studies liars and who hopes to find "the area of the brain responsible for deception." If he finds it we we suggest that it be labelled "Munchausen's Area."
SHE'S TOAST!! The latest manifestation of the presence of the mother of Jesus, as reported by the BBC, does surely require more than a few grains of salt.
CHAMBER WORKS BY SCHUMANN, SCHUBERT AND DVORAK...performed live at the Argerich Festival in Lugano last June. Of particular delight: the Schubert Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Tonight on Extension 720: In the years after the Civil War, the United States turned its attentions to westward expansion. Though politicians had touted the idea of “manifest destiny” since the 1840s and though conflicts with the Mohicans, Algonquins and others had been a feature of the Revolutionary War era, it wasn’t the 1870s and 1880s that the United States Army turned its full attention to securing the Great Plains for settlers. Tonight, we explore this especially dark chapter in American history with JOSEPH M. MARSHALL III, an acclaimed Lakota writer, storyteller and historian, whose latest book is The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History. Our second guest is BRIAN HOSMER, professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago and director of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library.

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 will return tomorrow.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Tonight on Extension 720: The epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest human legends and some argue that it corroborates the Biblical story of the great flood that destroyed humanity. Tonight we examine the epic in a new light with STEPHEN MITCHELL, author of Gilgamesh: A New English Version. Joining him to round out our portrait of ancient Mesopotamia will be two experts from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, including CLEMENS REICHEL, an archaeologist who specializes in Mesopotamia, and CHRISTOPHER WOODS, assistant professor of Sumerology.

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.
"MORALISM" HAD NOTHING (OR VERY LITTLE) TO DO WITH IT...says Krauthammer as he evaluates the New York Times' reflexive explanation of the Bush victory.
AN "INSIDE DOPE" STORY ON HOW KERRY LOST: These reporters for the Boston Globe clearly have some residual affection and admiration for the defeated candidate but they have obviously had access to those in Kerry's circle who now have a tale to unfold.
SOME HARD TRUTHS ABOUT THE DEPARTED ARAFAT: Benny Morris, a left-wing Israeli historian, reminds us what the whole career of the "father of the Palestinian peoople" was really about. This op-ed appeared in the New York Times last Friday.
THE JIHADIS AND THE NEO-CONS...as seen by Gilles Kepel, author of The War for Muslim Minds. This somewhat idiosyncratic--and judgmentally assured--scholar puts forward some startling and challenging ideas in this interview with the webmag, Open Democracy.
THE BITTER FRUIT OF DUTCH MULTICULTURALISM: Among the many commentaries we have seen dealing with the murder of Theo Van Gogh and the resulting "crisis" this one, from the National Review, seems to us the most clear-sighted.
CAN HOLLAND TURN AWAY FROM "BLIND TOLERANCE"...and learn how to defend itself from terrorism? Their former foreign minister thinks, according to this from The Weekly Standard, that they may have something to learn from us.
SUPERCONDUCTORS ARE GETTING MORE SUPER...and if you want to try to understand the physics of it all do read this article from the science bulletin issued by Penn State University. The guys at the New York Times' science section could learn something from the easy lucidity achieved by the anonymous author at the University's news bureau.
HOW GLOBAL WARMING WILL DO IN THE POLAR BEARS: As the ice continues to melt the animal population of the arctic will change in surprising ways bound to discomfort not only the great white kings of the ice floes but also those down here who nostalgify in favor of "how things used to be." The article is from, of all things, an African internet provider.
WHAT PRICE FOR LONGEVITY ENHANCEMENT? The report by Leon Kass and his colleagues on the President's Council on Bioethics highlights the problems that await in the "brave new biological world." This review from The Public Interest magazine summarizes and properly appreciates their worried analysis.
THE PROTESTANT-MORMON/CATHOLIC-JEWISH-OTHER DIVIDE IN OUR PRESENT POLITICS...stands out in one sociologist's analysis of the differences bewteen the Red and Blue states. The article comes from the Southern California Catholic Weekly.
NEXT STOP: POLYGAMY? Some of the oppositon to gay marriage seems to be based on a "Pandora's Box" argument, as witness this predicitive commentary from Kay Hymnowitz in the new issue of City Journal.
ELAINE SHOWALTER DOESN'T LIKE THE NEW TOM WOLFE NOVEL! But, though it is sharply written, this review from the Chronicle of Higher Education doesn't neccessarily persuade. We have enjoyed the first two major novels by the man-in-white as much as we have enjoyed his appearances on Extension 720--so we still plan to spend some long nights with Charlotte Simmons.
ON THE OTHER HAND: WOLFE'S NEW NOVEL IS A SATIRICAL JOY...says Adam Begley, the books editor of the New York Observer, in this review which fortifies our intention of getting and reading it THIS WEEK!!
THE JOAN BAEZ MINSTREL SHOW...features, after groans about the election and thanks for the existence of Michael Moore, a "black voice" interlude that would surely offend the NAACP if they paid as much attention to Joan as to Bill Cosby. This brief commentary from Reason magazine lacks nothing in deadly accuracy.
THE FIRST OF THE GREAT MOZART PIANO CONCERTOS...was this one, the 14th in E-Flat Major. In the original scoring the soloist was accompanied by only a small string chamber group--as here in a fine live performance.