October 31, 2002 Joschka Fischer, Germany's foreign minister, is in Washington today. Robert Siegel spoke with him at the German ambassador's residence about Germany's position on Iraq and the war on terrorism. They also discussed recent tensions in U.S.-German relations. Fischer spoke repeatedly about German indebtedness to the United States for defeating Nazism, promoting democracy and reconstructing Germany after the war.
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October 31, 2002 Robert Siegel and John Ydstie read some letters from All Things Considered listeners. Among the topics this week are yesterday's commentary on sex offenders, the ethnicity of Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, and the crowning of Napoleon.
October 30, 2002 Robert Siegel talks with Warren Zimmerman, author of First Great Triumph: How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power. Warren Zimmerman was the U.S. ambassador to Yugoslavia from 1989-1992. He talks about how five friends -- President Theodore Roosevelt, naval strategist Alfred T. Mahan, Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge, Secretary of State John Hay and corporate lawyer-turned-colonial administrator Elihu Root -- created a new U.S. foreign policy of political expansionism overseas. (7:30) The book is published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, September 2002.
October 30, 2002 To discuss the collapse of the Israeli coalition government, Robert Siegel turns to David Horowitz, editor of The Jerusalem Report in Israel. (4:00)
October 25, 2002 Robert Siegel speaks with NPR's Pam Fessler about arrest warrants for the two suspects in the Washington, D.C.-area sniper attacks. Arrest warrants are to be issued for six counts of first degree murder for John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo in Montgomery County, Md. Malvo, who is 17 years old, will be classified as an adult, according to the state prosecutor.
October 25, 2002 The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted to appoint former CIA and FBI Director William Webster to head a new board that will oversee the troubled accounting industry. The deeply divided vote was split along party lines, with Republican commissioners -- including SEC chairman Harvey Pitt -- backing Webster. Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Jack Speer.
October 25, 2002 We have excerpts from a recent discussion Robert Siegel had with Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone about his career.
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October 25, 2002 A panel of government, academic and business leaders sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations has released a report on homeland security. The report says the United Stations is "dangerously unprepared" to deal with another major terrorist attack. The report cites transportation, food, power, communications, health and banking systems as some of the major areas of vulnerability. Robert Siegel speaks with Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Stephen Flynn about the report.
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October 25, 2002 Robert Siegel speaks with Jamie Orenstein, a former federal prosecutor and adviser to former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, about how the different jurisdictions involved in prosecuting the Washington, D.C.-area sniper case will pursue their cases. The Distict of Columbia, where one murder took place, has no death penalty. Maryland and Virginia have the death penalty but they differ on how it is applied. And in the case of the alleged shooter who is 17-years-old, differences in juvenile justice also apply.
October 21, 2002 Robert Siegel talks with Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archaeology Review. about a limestone box with the Aramaic inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus." The review has published an article by Andre Lemaire, an ancient inscriptions specialist, about the writing on the box. Shanks says the inscription represents the earliest mention of Jesus in archeological record.
October 21, 2002 In Minnesota, the race for Senate is split right down the middle. On the Republican side is Norm Coleman, former mayor of St. Paul. On the other, is incumbent Democrat Paul Wellstone. Both men say they will bring a unique perspective to the U.S. Senate, offering different paths of leadership. The race may last into the wee hours on election night, and may very well decide the majority of the Senate. Robert Siegel traveled to Minnesota; he has a report on one of the closest races in America.
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October 21, 2002 Robert Siegel speaks with Claudio Sanchez about how school systems in the area where the shooter is operating are dealing with protecting students. Some districts have restricted outdoor activities.
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October 11, 2002 Opera star Kiri Te Kanawa, who is singing in Samuel Barber's Vanessa, this month at the Washington Opera talks with host Robert Siegel.
October 11, 2002 Among the oddities of this year's baseball playoffs is the desire of the owners of the two team's playing for the American League pennant to sell their franchises. Stefan Fatsis, sportswriter for The Wall Street Journal, tells Robert Siegel about why the owners don't embrace their successful teams.
October 11, 2002 Positive earnings outlooks drove stock prices higher today. It was a comeback for the markets from a new five-year-low earlier this week. Robert Siegel talks with Chris DeSimio, a financial advisor and stock broker in Cincinnati, about this week's market roller coaster.
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