Friday, Sept. 5, 2003
Ballot Box: Dissecting the Democratic Debate
NPR’s Alex Chadwick is joined by NPR’s Ken Rudin and Slate chief political correspondent William Saletan to analyze last night’s Democratic presidential candidate debate. Listen to the segment.
Explainer: The Truth About Truth Serums
Slate editor Andy Bowers clarifies the science behind so-called truth serums. Listen to the segment.
Summary Judgment: Dickie Roberts, Party Monster
Los Angeles-based film critic and Slate contributor Ari Posner looks at the movie reviews for Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star and Party Monster. Listen to the segment.
Moneybox: Embargoed Trading
Alex Chadwick chats with Slate Moneybox columnist Dan Gross about the implications of a bizarre case involving insider trading of U.S. Treasury bonds using information from embargoed news releases. Listen to the segment.
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003
Culturebox: The Battle of Algiers
NPR’s Mike Pesca talks to Charles Paul Freund about the 1960s film The Battle of Algiers, which some say is the movie version of the U.S. occupation of Iraq—so much so, the Pentagon is using the film as an educational tool. Listen to the segment.
Dear Prudence: A Woman’s Crush
Prudence—aka Slate columnist Margo Howard—gives advice to a married woman who has a crush on another man. Listen to the segment.
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003
Explainer: The Power of Congressional Hearings
With the U.S. House of Representatives starting hearings today on the great blackout of 2003, Slate editor Andy Bowers answers the question: “Is there anything Congress can’t investigate?” Listen to the segment.
Commentary: Dean’s Web Prowess
Contributor Eric Liu argues that the press and politicians are missing the point if they think Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is successful because of his campaign’s prowess on the Web. Listen to the segment.
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003
Kausfiles: California Recall Update
NPR’s Alex Chadwick talks with Slate political blogger Mickey Kaus about the latest developments in the California governor’s recall race. Listen to the segment. Kausfiles: MEChA and Racial Separation
NPR’s Alex Chadwick and Slate political blogger Mickey Kaus talk with Dr. Velia Garcia, chair of la Raza studies at San Francisco State University, about the student organization seen by critics as advocating racial separation. Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, a leading Democrat in the recall race to oust California Gov. Gray Davis from office, has past ties with MEChA. The group has supported transferring control of much of the Southwest United States back to Mexico. Listen to the segment.
Jurisprudence: Death Penalty Boundaries
NPR’s Alex Chadwick speaks with Slate legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick about a ruling in which a Louisiana man was given the death penalty after being convicted of raping an 8-year-old girl. The ruling calls into question the legal boundaries of the death penalty. Listen to the segment.
Michael Kinsley: Kerry Enters the Fray
NPR’s Alex Chadwick talks with Slate founding editor Michael Kinsley about Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry, who formally announces his candidacy this week. Listen to the segment.
Michael Kinsley: A Living Wage
Slate editor Michael Kinsley talks to Bill Quigley, the author of Ending of Poverty as We Know It. Kinsley and Quigley will discuss living-wage jobs. Listen to the segment.