Journalist and economist Robert Kuttner has reported on elections for over three decades. His latest book, Obama’s Challenge, looks at the many Herculean obstacles the president-elect faces — and what it will take to tackle them. “If he is able to rise to the moment,” Kuttner writes, “he could join the ranks of a small handful of previous presidents who have been truly transformative, succeeding in fundamentally changing our economy, society, and democracy for the better.” Kuttner’s previous works include The Squandering of America: How the Failure of Our Politics Undermines Our Prosperity, Making Work Pay: America after Welfare and The End of Laissez-Faire: National Purpose and the Global Economy after the Cold War. He is co-editor and co-founder of The American Prospect.
How does the GOP recover after losing the presidency and valuable seats in the House and Senate? What are the values it must embrace to become more relevant and where will the party turn to for its leadership? We talk to former Republican congressman and Princeton professor MICKEY EDWARDS and VIN WEBER, former republican congressman from Minnesota who now is a prominent Republican strategist. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
In the last five days, the Obama campaign spent three times more on television advertising than his Republican rival. Obama also relied heavily on the internet and text-messaging to rally his supporters. We talk to KEN GOLDSTEIN from the Wisconsin Advertising Project and MICHAEL X. DELLI CARPINI, dean of Penn’s Annenberg School. Then, a conversation about race with author JAMES McBRIDE. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
Friday, November 7, 2008
Jackson Browne joins host David Dye on the World Cafe. Over the past three decades, Browne’s personal romanticism and compelling arrangements have spurred his reputation as “the thinking man’s rock star.” On the new record, Time The Conqueror, he’s still proving his import, this time with lyrics ranging from fond nostalgia for the 1960s to political commentary on recent world events. An avid social and environmental activist, Browne talks about his home’s alternative energy sources and expresses opposition to the current U.S. policy towards Cuba.
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