Drug addiction doesn’t just affect the addict, it changes the whole family. Journalist David Sheff and his son Nic join Fresh Air to talk about Nic’s addiction to methamphetamine. Both father and son have written memoirs about the experience. David Sheff’s is Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Meth Addiction and Nic Sheff’s is Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines.
Anatomy of a trial. As the jury deliberates we look at the trial of Philadelphia rap music promoter Alton Coles. A man accused of using his company Take Down Records as a front for a $25 million cocaine and crack distribution network. Prosecutors played more than 300 wiretapped conversations, and offered testimony from more than 40 witnesses during the six-week trial. We’ll talk with GEORGE ANASTASIA who is covering the trial for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Anastasia is a veteran crime reporter who has covered organized crime. His most recent book is The Last Gangster. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
What role are young voters playing in this year’s Presidential election? We’ll talk with MICHAEL HAIS co-author of Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube, and the Future of American Politics. Then we’ll hear how the internet is playing a much larger role in campaigns. We talk with JOSHUA LEVY associate editor of Tech President, an internet based project that is tracking how candidates are using the web and how voters are creating blogs, songs and videos to influence the election, and MIKE TURK a contributing editor to Tech President and former E-Campaign director for the 2004 Bush/Cheney re-election campaign. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Lauded San Francisco-based band American Music Club walk World Cafe host David Dye through their new release, The Golden Age. While showcasing their signature eclectic and emotive sound, this album delves into upbeat songs – for them a somewhat uncharted territory. Consistently underrated, with a 20-year career spanning eight albums and one long hiatus, American Music Club have been a quietly inspirational band that’s now returning to the forefront of alternative music.
AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB: Western Sky