A U.S soldier of 82nd Airborne patrols near a forward base in the Ghorak district of Kandahar southern Afghanistan.
A U.S soldier of 82nd Airborne patrols near a forward base in the Ghorak district of Kandahar southern Afghanistan. Rafiq Maqbool/AP
'Truth, Lies And Afghanistan'
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis ignited a controversy when he wrote that after serving in Afghanistan, "What I saw bore no resemblance to rosy official statements by U.S. military leaders about conditions on the ground." In a piece he wrote for the Armed Forces Journal, Lt. Col. Davis states that there's an "absence of success on virtually every level" in Afghanistan and that "the American people deserve better than what they've gotten from their senior uninformed leaders". This criticism comes just as the Pentagon announced plans to wind down combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2013 and raises questions about the realities of the war in Afghanistan. Host Neal Conan speaks with Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts and defense analyst Tom Donnelly about Lt. Col. Davis' concerns and what — if anything — to do about them. Johnathan Landay, correspondent for the McClatchy Newspapers, also joins the conversation to talk about the current state of affairs in Afghanistan.
Searching For Abraham Lincoln
Historian Andy Trudeau needs your help. He's working on a book about Abraham Lincoln at the end of the Civil War. Interestingly, it's a period of Lincoln's life that remains relatively unexamined. Trudeau believes this was the period where the President transformed from a war president to a reconstruction president. Lincoln visited Generals William Tecumseh Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant, traveled to the Confederate capital of Richmond, and shook hands with many soldiers, sailors, and civilians. He then returned to Washington the same day General Robert Lee surrendered at Appomattox. Trudeau's looking for stories of people who encountered Lincoln at that time. These stories could be diary entries, letters home, or post war recollections. Neal Conan talks with Trudeau about Lincoln's movements during the last week week of the Civil War.
OWS: The Evolution Of The Movement
On September 17, 2011, hundreds of people gathered in Lower Manhattan to protest the growing disparity between the rich and poor and Wall Street's involvement in the economic crisis. Protesters camped out in Zuccotti and sparked similar protests in other cities under the banner of Occupy Wall Street. Five months later, most of the Occupy encampments across the country have been disbanded by police and the future of the movement remains uncertain. Host Neal Conan traces the history of the Occupy movement with one of the men who helped spark the original protests, Kalle Lasn (KAH-luh LAH-zun) of the activist magazine Adbusters, and with occupiers Sandy Nurse in New York and Nichola Torbett in Oakland.
Can You Review Music In 140 Characters?
Last month, SPIN Magazine's senior editor Christopher Weingarten announced a new experiment. In 2012, SPIN is hoping to review 1,500 albums, mixtapes and EPs exclusively on the @SPINReviews Twitter feed. Weingarten believes that this new format is a response to the evolution of music criticism and how music lovers find new bands. Critics believe the limit of 140 characters is killing the art of the music review. Host Neal Conan speaks with Spin Senior Editor Christopher Weingarten about the project.