With both the cost of and demand for oil rising, nations with large energy reserves are redrawing political and military alliances, and oil-rich countries like Russia and Venezuela are enjoying greater influence. Michael Klare, author of Rising Power, Shrinking Planet, calls it the “new international energy order.”Klare is the director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies based at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. He is the author of several books, including Blood and Oil, which examines the danger of American’s dependence on foreign oil, and Rogue States and Nuclear Outlaws, a study of new American foreign policy. Klare is also a contributor to Harper’s, Foreign Affairs, and the Los Angeles Times.
Anti-Chinese protests along the Olympic torch relay route have heightened controversies surrounding this summer’s games in Beijing. We talk about the concerns of and response from the Chinese government, activists, Olympic officials and athletes, and U.S. policymakers with STEPHEN MORRISON of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and USA Today sports columnist CHRISTINE BRENNAN. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
We talk with ELEANOR CLIFT a contributing editor to Newsweek about her new book Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death & Politics. At the same time that Terry Schiavo was dying in her Florida hospice, Clift’s husband, Tom Brazaitis, was dying of cancer at home; the two passed away within a day of each other. Two Weeks of Life alternates between these two stories to provide a commentary on how we deal dying in modern America. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
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Hype from blogs can help make a band, but it’s a rare occasion when an established TV show such as Austin City Limits picks up an unknown — even one that shares a hometown. Steeped in catchy rock and sweeping power-pop, What Made Milwaukee Famous used that unexpected endorsement to help attract the attention of a label. On the group’s second album, What Doesn’t Kill Us, it deftly mixes the pomp of Spoon and the hooks of Big Star with witty lyrics. In this segment of World Cafe, What Made Milwaukee Famous fills out its sound with the help of new guitarist Jason Davis.
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