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Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh‘s latest article is about the administration’s efforts to undermine Iran. The article appears in The New Yorker magazine’s March 5th edition and is titled “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s New Policy Benefiting our Enemies in the War on Terror?” Hersh exposed the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in a series of articles published in the magazine early in 2005. He has been the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, five George Polk Awards, two National Magazine Awards and a dozen other prizes. He is also the author of eight books, including Chain of Command about Abu Ghraib. ALSO, investigative reporter Lowell Bergman is the producer of the new Frontline documentary “News War: Secrets, Spin and the Future of the News.” The four-part series is about the mainstream news media and the political, legal and economic forces acting on it.
Nuclear weapons: is the world becoming more dangerous? JOE CIRINCIONE talks about his new book “Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons.” In it he takes us back to the first atomic discoveries of the 1930s and covers the history of their growth all the way to current crisis with Iran. He offers his own solution to the world’s proliferation problem: a balance of force and diplomacy, enforcement and engagement that yields a steady decrease in these deadly arsenals. Cirincione is vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress, and is a past-director of non-proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Filtering classic rock and pop hooks through a willfully lo-fi aesthetic a la Pavement or Guided by Voices, Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog sounds both timeless and immediate, as only the best music can. Dr. Dog’s new We All Belong is shaping up to be its most powerful and cohesive artistic statement yet. Buoyed by the band’s large and growing following, the disc — which delves into what members call “three-part harmonies, the out-of-doors, soya rotis, baking bread and diminished chords” — should help break Dr. Dog through to a larger and even more enthusiastic audience.