Journalist Scott Shane writes for The New York Times about terrorism and the CIA’s interrogation techniques. His article “Soviet-Style ‘Torture’ Becomes ‘Interrogation'” describes how the United States has adopted interrogation techniques that it decried when they were used by the Soviet Union. PLUS, author Tara McKelvey interviewed former prisoners from Abu Ghraib for her book Monstering: Inside America’s Policy of Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War. McKelvey is senior editor at The American Prospect and a research fellow at the NYU School of Law’s Center on Law and Security.
The foie gras dilemma. Animal activists are engaged in a campaign to ban local restaurants from serving foie gras. We talk about the debate with Inquirer food writer RICK NICHOLS, MICHAEL GINOR, a foie gras producer and author of “Foie Gras: A Passion,” and NICK COONEY of Hugs for Puppies who says that overfeeding ducks to enlarge their livers constitutes cruelty to animals.
THE WORLD CAFE
Led by Alasdair MacLain’s breathy vocals and smart lyrics, the London band The Clientele mixes psychedelic melodies and driving guitars into appealing indie-pop — a blend that’s caught on quickly with American listeners. After toiling with demos and basement recordings for more than 10 years, The Clientele released its debut studio album, The Violet Hour, in 2003. Following the sleeper success of The Violet Hour, The Clientele’s second disc, 2005’s Strange Geometry, brought the band a larger taste of mainstream notoriety. With that, the group headed back into the studio, boosting its production values for its new album God Save The Clientele — which MacLean describes as “a lovely blend of Big Star twisted power-pop and country achin’.”
THE CLIENTELE: 6 AM Morningside