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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, August 05, 2005

Tonight on Extension 720: Tomorrow marks the sixtieth anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima—the first nuclear attack that not only helped bring about the end of World War II, but also launched a new era in political history. It kicked off the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union, beginning the Cold War and fostering the necessary rise of strategic theory. Tonight after the 6:10 p.m. Cubs game, we will be discussing some of the political consequences of Hiroshima with a panel of experts, including RICHARD FRIEDMAN, president of the National Strategy Forum, JOHN MEARSHEIMER, professor of political science at the University of Chicago, and (joining us by phone) SHARON GHAMARI-TABRIZI, author of The Worlds of Herman Kahn: The Intuitive Science of Thermonuclear War.

Information on other shows is available at Extension 720's program guide. You can listen to the program online immediately after the Cubs game here.
PALESTINE IS NOT A MUSLIM ISSUE...says a young Arab journalist in a welcome analysis of the way in which Islamic extremists of the Wahabist variety have tried to turn the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to their own purposes.
A WAY OUT OF THE STEM CELL IMPASSE...is proposed, with his usual wisdom and balance, by Charles Krauthammer who is a member of the President's Council on Bioethics. Our recent conversation with Leon Kass, the Council's chairman, can be heard here.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON PONDERS, AS WE ALL DO...the motivated transformation of Hillary Rodham Clinton. A recent Extension 720 conversation with Hanson is available here.
FOUR COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT EVOLUTION...are addressed and effectively clarified in this valuable article from the Skeptical Inquirer.
THE LATEST VENTURE OF AL GORE...is the new TV "news service" called Current. We have looked at it as has the unidentified critic from the Wall Street Journal. We agree with the WSJ..and then some!
THE CASE OF THE FORMER NAZI PROPAGANDIST...who taught at Yale until his cover was blown (as Paul DeMan's was not) and who had Bill Buckley pleading for him in letters referred to young John Roberts! It is all explained in this interesting article from the New York Sun.
WONDERFUL CUBAN MUSIC...in many categories (bolero, guaracha, son, guajira, etc.) is available on this great site. Don't miss the Sexteto Occidente.

Monday, August 01, 2005

"USEFUL IDIOTS" IN THE UK...are making it possible and plausible for Islamic terrorists to ply their trade. So says Anthony Browne, European Correspondent for the Times of London in this strongly stated indictment.
DOES HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON HAVE A PRESIDENTIAL STRATEGY? Yes, of course. She is "triangulating" and trying to move the DLC to the left and the Democratic left to the right...and, that accomplished, she will be the standard bearer for the newly unified party. Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times asks whether it will work and thinks...uh, well maybe it will but, then again, maybe it will wreck her march toward the nomination.
WHY DID WE DROP THE NUCLEAR BOMB ON HIROSHIMA? That question still sets historians arguing over alternative interpretations. When we discuss that on Extension 720 this coming Friday, we will need to evaluate the revelations supplied in this stunning article from the current issue of the Weekly Standard.
AND SPEAKING OF HISTORICAL CONTROVERSIES...when, if ever, will the conspiracy interpretations of the Kennedy assasination be put to rest? Here's how one "believer" was cured of his case of conspiraphilia. The article is from a recent issue of the Skeptical Inquirer.
KNOCKING DOWN TWO OTHER CONSPIRACY THEORIES...is the job undertaken here (and elegantly performed) by the British military historian, Sir Lawrence Freedman.
HAROLD EVANS LIKES THE U.S...and will be telling the world about us through the vehicle of the BBC, as did his predecesor, Alistair Cooke. For an earlier sample of his broadcasting prowess here is a short excerpt of a conversation that we had with Sir Harold a little while ago.
PAT MOYNIHAN WAS RIGHT! When, forty years ago (!!) he told it like it was about the black family...says Kay Hymowitz in this penetrating analysis of the persisting problem of "mother-only families" and the failure of liberal social scientists and politicians to face reality. This important article has just appeared in the new issue of City Journal.
IF ONLY LARRY SUMMERS HAD HAD THE GUTS TO RESIGN!! That--or so thinks the aggrieved academic who is proprietor of this place--would have been the honorable and effective response once the p.c. battalions at Harvard descended upon him. Instead, he stayed and tried to placate. The consequences, as detailed here by Heather MacDonald, are wasteful both of Harvard's wealth and its reputation. An earlier Extension 720 conversation with MacDonald--one of our favorite social observers--can be heard here.
THIS REPLACES THE BEST NEWS CHANNEL ON CABLE TV? Why, exactly? We looked at it today and were strongly underwhelmed. Here's the background story on Al Gore's long-heralded venture into something called "internet TV."
GRAND THEFT AUTO AND THE "UNLOCKED SEX SCENES"...are providing something like a political opportunity for Hillary Clinton and other "liberals" who want to establish their bona fides as "traditional" moralists. The BBC reports on this latest use of indignation as a political gambit.
HOW WINE (GOOD IF NOT GREAT) CAME TO CALIFORNIA...is a saga told by some recent books here under review at the San Francisco Chronicle. Or, are some of them great enough to challenge Chateau Millou le Grenouille, 1964?
A GREAT COUNT BASIE COLLECTION...is available here. Just be sure to scroll down and then begin with the live and long-form recording of Everyday I Have The Blues with Joe Williams.