In The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea, veteran journalist Steve LeVine writes about the high-stakes political gamesmanship over control of the rich oil resources in that region. Caspian deposits “earned an early, almost mythic reputation,” he reports. “Marco Polo’s was perhaps the first written account. He reported a gusher that in a single hour produced ‘a quantity of oil sufficient to load up one hundred vessels.'”
In modern times, the region’s rich petroleum reserves have been the object of schemes involving generations of Western industrialists, the governments of emerging democracies in the former Soviet Union, and various U.S. administrations. Steve LeVine has been a foreign correspondent for 18 years, writing for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post from posts in Pakistan, the Philippines and the Soviet Union. He blogs at OilandGlory.com. Read an Excerpt
New York Times columnist PAUL KRUGMAN talks about his new book The Conscience of a Liberal. In it, he argues, that conservatives are responsible for the growing income gap lays out his plan to reduce the disparity. Krugman’s manifesto aims to galvanize today’s progressives the way Barry Goldwater’s The Conscience of a Conservative did for the right. Krugman is a Professor of Economics and International Affairs Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
Friday, October 26th, 2007 John Fogerty
American rock legend and former CCR frontman John Fogerty joins David Dye on the World Café with music from his new record Revival. After pursuing several different directions following Creedence’s disbandment, Fogerty has hit the spot with a record that is, according to him, “right in the middle, right where rock and roll is.” With his swampy blend of rock, blues and country, Fogerty embodies the American spirit while exploring our political climate.
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