Saturday, May 30, 2009
Peggy Noonan and I used to rendezvous 5 times a week. As morning news editors on competing stations located in the same building, we'd often ride the elevator to work with "bulldog editions" of the paper in hand, but in icy silence... Peggy, who eventually would be a speech writer for President Reagan, was miffed I had reported the results of the 1972 Presidential Election as Nixon 49 - America 1.
It turns out that 2012 is a kind of magnet for apocalyptic thinking. Justin Wolfers has predicted that the name Cash, currently riding a wave of popularity, will largely disappear by that date. Will actual cash — currency, greenbacks, dineros — survive much longer? David Wolman is the latest in a long line of people hoping the answer is no. While we’ve argued for ditching the penny, Wolman writes in praise of abolishing physical money altogether, in favor of a streamlined, emoney future. The technological solutions, he says, are in place. The policy solutions are, we think, another matter.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Audio: BBC, PRI & WGBH's The World May 20th, Host: Marco Werman.
That happened to Ian Eagleson, an indie rocker who studied Benga music from Nairobi for his Ph.D. thesis, then recuited another of his rock band buddies to form an American-African fusion with native Kenyans.
The resulting band is called "Extra Golden," whose third album, "Thank You Very Quickly," debuted in early 2009.
Here and Now’s Jill Ryan caught up with them on their current tour.
Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now, May 20th.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now, May 21st. Host: Robin Young.
A decidedly anti Democratic Party outfit from Sacramento, California, calling itself the Our Country Deserves Better PAC sponsors this:
American Public Media's Kai Ryssdal, host of "Marketplace," talked political ads and how cable channels & broadcasters cash in on partisan controversy and seemingly perpetual campaigns with Ken Vogel, who writes about money and politics for Politico.
John Ensign is in his second term as Senator from Nevada, where looking the part is often a key to capturing Republican primaries. Despite his demonstrable failure as Chair of the Republican Senate Campaign Committee in 2008, the former veterinarian was promoted to lead the Senate Republican Policy Committee, the fourth highest office within his caucus.
Despite repeated efforts, teenage nerds have been unable to conjure up anything more than photos of Kelly LeBrock since the original movie in 1985.
MSNBC, however, has come up with a list of other big science projects on the edge of doability... No, not that kind of doability!