Hope Is a Tattered Flag: Voices of Reason and Change for the Post-Bush Era


In These Freewheeling Conversations with America's political and cultural leaders, veteran journalists and radio anchors Markos Kounalakis and Peter Laufer ask the critical question: where do we go from here?

The answers they get-from environmentalist Bill McKibben, pundit Pat Buchanan, journalist Joe Klein, psychologist Drew Westen, comedian Ahmed Ahmed, Wired magazine ...

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In These Freewheeling Conversations with America's political and cultural leaders, veteran journalists and radio anchors Markos Kounalakis and Peter Laufer ask the critical question: where do we go from here?

The answers they get-from environmentalist Bill McKibben, pundit Pat Buchanan, journalist Joe Klein, psychologist Drew Westen, comedian Ahmed Ahmed, Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson, and others-focus on repairing the damage left us by the abject failure of the Bush years.

About the Author:
Markos Kounalakis co-anchors the nationally syndicated news and information program Washington Monthly on the Radio, which is broadcast on XM and radio stations in major markets throughout America. He is president and publisher of Washington Monthly magazine, a leader in political thought and social commentary since 1969

About the Author:
Peter Laufer co-anchors Washington Monthly on the Radio and writes a regular feature in Washington Monthly magazine with Markos Kounalakis

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Washington Monthly writers Kounalakis (Beyond Spin: The Power of Strategic Corporate Journalism) and Laufer (Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq) have selected 48 interviews broadcast on their weekly radio show (Washington Monthly on the Radio) from the run-up to the 2008 presidential election. These transcripts are full of wit and surprising insights; Bill Richardson, for instance, tells a story about winning over notorious dictator Hugo Chavez with the gift of a baseball glove. Bill Clinton's speech-writer, Paul Glastris, admits they "cribbed like crazy from Ronald Reagan." The Nation editor Christopher Hayes explains why corporate entities are begging the federal government for more regulation; to quote a Chamber of Commerce head, Hayes says, "You want to be sure you're at the table to make sure you're not on the menu." Interviewees are largely newsmakers, but others function behind the scenes or at a remove, like retired Army officer Andrew Exum; having joined the forces with a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies, he found that, even stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq, he had to leave active duty in order to study Arabic. Arranged by topic, Kounalakis and Laufer cover politics, business and finance, culture and other subjects; though unabashedly liberal, they achieve their goal: to offer "satisfying and rich conversation" that illuminates and unites.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979482250
  • Publisher: PoliPointPress, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

MARKOS KOUNALAKIS, a veteran print and network broadcast journalist, has covered wars and revolutions, both civil and technological, and written for Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton (1993) and lives in San Francisco. email: NewsScribe@aol.com DREW BANKS, SGI's director of employee communications and integrated performance support, has blAnded his engineering, arts, and business background to architect technology solutions that enable human potential. Drew speaks regularly at professional forums on various intranet-related topics. He lives in San Francisco. email: dbanks@alum.mit.edu KIM DAUS, a former newspaper and magazine publisher, manages worldwide intranet operations and communications strategies at SGI, including Junction, the company's intranet portal site. She speaks internationally on topics such as communication strategies, intranet development, and knowledge management. She lives in Sausalito, California.

Peter Laufer has produced thousands of hours of network reporting and a growing shelf of books dealing with social and political issues: from immigration (Wetback Nation) to talk radio (Inside Talk Radio) to the pleasures of an intriguing American art form: neon signs (Neon Nevada, with Sheila Swan Laufer). Laufer's latest book, Mission Rejected, focuses on American soldiers who return from Iraq opposed to the war; it is published by Chelsea Green Publishing. Laufer also anchors the live Sunday morning KPFA (94.1 Berkeley), a current affiars program which features guest interviews and interaction with the audience. The show is heard on other radio stations around the country and on the internet at www.kpfa.org. His other new radio work includes a weekly magazine show from around the world for National Geographic, broadcast by XM satellite radio and distributed by Public Radio International to terrestrial stations.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Will Durst     xiii
Introduction     xv
Taking Conservatives to Task for Their Inability to Govern   Alan Wolfe     3
Working for Change from within the Establishment   Charles Rangel     12
Engaging Potential Adversaries   Bill Richardson     17
Keeping Faith with American Values   Anne-Marie Slaughter     22
The Importance of Well-Crafted Words   Paul Glastris     27
Americans' Failure to Make Political Choices Based on Issues   Drew Westen     30
A Speech for a Candidate Accepting the Presidential Nomination   Theodore Sorensen     35
Trivializing American Democracy   Joe Klein     40
War and the military
Giving America Back to "We the People"   Mike Gravel     51
How Democratic Contenders Can Get Support from the Military   Andrew Exum     58
My Trip to Al-Qaeda: The Stage Show   Lawrence Wright     62
The Cathartic Value of Writing Literary Works   Marcus Eriksen     67
Why Political Leaders Choose War, and the Psychology of War Prevention   Jonathan Renshon     72
Contemplating the Next U.S.-Initiated War   Daniel Ellsberg     76
The Role of Theater in Social Change   Dan Hoyle     83
A Backward Travelogue: Oil from Gas Tank to Source   Lisa Margonelli     90
Business, Economics, and the Environment
My "Long Tail" Economic Theory and Punk Rock Career   Chris Anderson     97
American Business Seeks the Regulation George Bush Dismantled   Christopher Hayes     108
The American Trend toward Layoffs: Strategies for Reversal   Louis Uchitelle     112
The Emerging Environmental Majority   Carl Pope     119
The Grassroots Change in the Business of America   Bill McKibben     126
What Would a Consumer-Driven Economy in America Look Like?   Don Tapscott     133
Undocumented Workers Build the Border Fence?   Jason Booth     141
Influences of Spanglish on U.S. Culture and Society   Ilan Stavans     144
Securing Our Southern Border   Tom Tancredo     148
How to Wave Old Glory   Ronald Johnson     156
Who Needs a Closed Border with Mexico?   Patrick J. Buchanan     160
Immigration Raids: The Horror of U.S. Immigration Policy   Christine Heagan     164
Body Language Reveals True Emotions    Paul Ekman     171
Secrets, Truth, Lies   John Sullivan     176
On American Ethics   Jayson Blair     181
News Media
The Media: Tool of Reactionary and Progressive Politics   Marc Fisher     189
Politics as Art   Igor Keller     197
A Journalist's Rights   Josh Wolf     201
Protecting Sources   Sarah Olson     206
Ink on Paper   Mario Garcia     209
Wealthy Journalists Hobnob with Their Sources   Charles Peters     214
Church, State, and Culture
The Right-Wing Assault on Religious Freedom   Barry W. Lynn     219
The Christian Right: Dangers and Remedies to Their Threat   Monique El-Faizy     225
Politics Can Save a Culture from Itself   Lawrence Harrison     229
Men and Women
Get American Men Back to Church   David Murrow     239
Fearless in Love, Work, and Life: Tools for Women   Arianna Huffington     244
Watching Women Rise to New Heights in Politics   Clara Bingham     248
A Campaign to Legalize Ferrets as Pets in California   Pat Wright     257
Coming to a Town Near You: The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour   Ahmed Ahmed     261
Totally True! Unique Regional Culture in America   Jim Bradshaw     266
East Wheeling Black Elks Lodge IBPOEW 74 Celebrates Hundredth Anniversary   Donnie Walters     274
Singing the Praises of the Garden State   John Pizzarelli     278
Epilogue: Elizabeth Austin     283
Index     289
About the Authors     299
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