Matt Latimer joined the ranks of young idealists going to Washington to make a difference in the world. He became chief speechwriter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and was hopeful that he was on his way. When he got assigned to the White House, he knew his dream was coming true. Once there, however, he was quickly disillusioned. Working as speechwriter to President George W. Bush during his last months in office, Latimer was immersed in the chaos of an environment he describes as more like The Office than The West Wing. It’s from these experiences and others living and working in the nation’s capital that Latimer writes his tell-all memoir Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor. Among the risque comments attributed to Bush in the memoir, the ones getting the most attention are directed at then-Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Latimer says Bush thought of Obama as “a cat” who “had no clue,” that the president insulted Clinton for having a large backside and that he was dismissive of Palin when Sen. John McCain chose her as his running mate. And Latimer makes a few biting comments of his own, describing Bush as having little grasp of the financial crisis during the economic collapse of fall 2008. He joins Fresh Air host Terry Gross to tell — if possible — even more.
Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate RALPH NADER comes in to talk to guest host DAVE DAVIES about his career and his new novel, “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!” The 733-page fantasy imagines what would happen if Warren Buffett, Ross Perot, Yoko Ono and other fabulously wealthy Americans used their money to fix the government and help its people.
TOM CORCORAN, new President of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, talks to guest host DAVE DAVIES about the future of Philadelphia’s waterfront, and what he learned in more than 25 years guiding Camden’s waterfront revitalization.
THE WORLD CAFE
In a lush haze of Afro-pop beats and psychedelic warbling, Brooklyn’s Here We Go Magic creates powerful soundscapes. Fronted by singer-songwriter Luke Temple, the group’s sound is bolstered by eclectic instrumentation and Temple’s introspective tenor. The band’s self-titled debut was produced over a two-month period, during which Temple messed around with a 4-track, recording stream-of-consciousness vocals in his bedroom. The disc’s colorful swirl of synthesizers and guitars ranges from electronic folk to psychedelia to lo-fi acoustic. Even before Here We Go Magic made its debut, blogs were buzzing with anticipation; since the album was released, many critics have hailed Here We Go Magic as one of 2009’s most promising newcomers. The band is set to begin touring with fellow its fellow Brooklynites in Grizzly Bear, starting in late May.