July 31, 2009 Host Michel Martin joins freelance writer Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney and editor Arsalan Iftikhar, political science professor Lester Spence, and journalist Quinn Klinefelter to comb through the week's headlines. The guys weigh in on President Obama's White House happy hour with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley, and the evolution of racism in online forums.
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July 31, 2009 Host Michel Martin and digital media producer Lee Hill talk about stories that had the Tell Me More listeners talking this week. A Vermont woman, who is white, tells of her frustration when it comes to conversations about race, and one man says news organizations, like NPR, sometimes use online censorship to clamp down on free speech. Plus, a blogger thinks a recent segment about a horror film suggests that Tell Me More — and the guests for that discussion — need thicker skin.
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July 31, 2009 A blog post purportedly from terrorist leader Noordin Mohammed Top, who is wanted for both last week's attacks and several attacks from 2002 - 2004 (including the Bali nightclub bombing that killed over 200), says Manchester United soccer players are crusaders and therefore do not deserve to play in a Muslim country.
July 31, 2009 Critic Christopher Orr says buried beneath the avalanche of fart, fat, and (most of all) penis jokes, Judd Apatow is the most committed moralist working in popular film today. Director of The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and, now, Funny People Apatow is an adamant advocate of conventional social norms.
July 31, 2009 Are some of those demanding the full state records connected to Obama's birth engaged in a futile quest to prove Obama is not a U.S. citizen? Sure they are. But not everyone who wants to see the full state records falls into that category. Commentator Andrew C. McCarthy, for one, has very different reasons for being curious.
July 31, 2009 Racism discriminates against people on the grounds of race--that's it. Just like it says on the packet. And yet the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, suggests we are doomed to keep repeating this lesson. Barack Obama was right when he referred to the arrest as a "teachable moment," but we haven't learned.
July 30, 2009 King Anyi Howell has been pulled over many times in Los Angeles. He says he is paying close attention to the White House beer invitational. Howell discusses being racially profiled several times for what he calls "Living While Black."
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July 30, 2009 President Obama has invited Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley to join him for a beer at 6 p.m. Thursday night. The "beer summit" is an effort to diffuse the controversy that erupted after Crowley arrested Gates. Commentator Ken Rudin says he doesn't think it's a good idea.
July 30, 2009 Watch Video! The Nation's Chris Hayes joins Countdown guest host Gov. Howard Dean for a frank discussion about the political impact of the fringe right-wingers who insist President Obama is not an American citizen.
July 30, 2009 The Chinese invaded Washington on Monday demanding not that we sacrifice our freedoms but rather that we balance our budget. Creditors get to make that kind of call.
July 30, 2009 Commentator Marc Lynch wonders how the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will shape the way we study the Middle East in the years ahead. How does fighting in a country shape your knowlege of the place vs. studying it in an ivory tower?
July 30, 2009 There is this nagging question about why The Blue Dog Democrats are generally reluctant about much of the Obama agenda. And the oversimplistic answer to this oversimplistic question has often been that Blue Dogs tend to represent marginal districts they could lose by toeing the party line. So now for some insight into what dyes a Blue Dog Blue.
July 30, 2009 Here's the gambit: President Obama, presumably not wanting to alienate his own party, is still looking for someone else to blame for Congress's failure to enact his health-care agenda by the August recess. He has been challenged him on his frequent attempts to blame Republicans. Over the weekend, his administration settled on a new target: the Congressional Budget Office, or CBO.
July 29, 2009 Perhaps President Obama need not wade into every racially charged conflict. Daniel Schorr says Obama should remember he is the president, and when faced with an emotionally laden encounter, he cannot afford to act on his visceral reactions.
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July 29, 2009 Chester Himes' pen name was his prison number — 59623. He did hard labor on a prison chain gang and wrote hard-nosed detective fiction. One hundred years after Himes was born, commentator John Ridley remembers a life that personified hard-boiled.
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