“There is a madness in Gaza now.” So says New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Steven Erlanger, who joins Terry Gross to talk about the Palestinian power struggle that’s erupted recently and how the battles between the Hamas and Fatah factions are affecting life in the West Bank and Gaza. Erlanger has reported from all over the world, serving in Moscow, Bangkok, Prague and other cities. Prior to his tenure at the Times, he wrote for The Boston Globe.
We discuss allegations that the Bush Administration has used the Department of Justice to promote partisan politics through voter suppression. Our guests are WENDY WEISER, Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and JOSEPH RICH who worked for the Department of Justice?s Civil Rights Division for about 37 years. We hear a response from ABIGAIL THERNSTROM, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Vice-Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She is currently completing a book entitled ?Voting Rights and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections.?
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Born into music, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has been performing his entire life. The son of folk-singing parents Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Wainwright wrote and performed his own music throughout his teenage years, touring with his family (including sister Martha Wainwright) while exuding proficiency and individuality. Following a successful stint as a live performer, playing piano and guitar around Montreal, Wainwright found his way to a major-label deal. His self-titled 1998 debut topped many year-end best-of lists, and launched his career as an intelligent and timeless, yet distinctly modern, recording artist. He’s since released four more albums, including the companion pieces Want One and Want Two, for which he toured extensively. His new disc is titled Release the Stars.
RUFUS WAINRIGHT: Hallelujah