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Sorry I'm from New York. Can't help it.


I had to listen to my husband, all season, talk nonsense. He was calling my team the New Jersey Giants, and so on. He's from Pittsburgh, so I thought I had to put up with it. NO MORE, though.

I can't tell a lie, I like the JETS, but still ... Can I help it if we native New Yorkers are blessed with not one, but two, professional football and baseball teams? Do not hate, emulate...

Take that! See ya, and raise ya!

Now that we have THAT out of the way, on to more serious matters...

Our weekly visit with the writers from the Washington Post Magazine couldn't be more serious. Writer Michael Leahy describes the pain of a group of former NFL players whose injuries have far exceeded the scope of their pensions and disability payments. These are players from the 70's and 80's, when salaries were far below what they are now. These players are now saying that they gave their all for the game, and now need the league and their union to do something for them. The NFL and the players union say they are already doing more than is required, and that this whole issue is a matter of balancing the interests of past and present players. They say they are doing the best they can.

Anyway, I think it's a very fair, compelling, balanced piece. I would be interested to know how you respond to it. We certainly could have spent more time on the issue. If you haven't already seen the piece, read it and let me know what you think.

I want you to know we are following events in Chad that happened over the weekend, where rebels have advanced on the capital. We will bring you more when we know more, or have found the right guests to add to what you have heard on our newscasts and flagship programs.

We also think it's important to stay on top of a) the sub prime mortgage crisis and b) important cultural events.

Our lead segment was a check-in on the fact that law enforcement is now investigating the sub prime crisis. Illinois's top law enforcement official helped us understand why, along with civil rights leader Wade Henderson.

I also had a conversation with the makers of a fascinating new film about an all but episode in history. ...

It just seems that scholarship about the slave era has EXPLODED in recent years. The "new" stories that are emerging give us a very different picture than the one we have been seeing. How could it be otherwise? Millions of Africans were taken from the continent. Although only a fraction survived the journey, that still means millions of stories untold. What an amazing time we are in that we get to hear them. This film, Prince Among Slaves premieres tonight.

And, Manic — a remarkable story told in a remarkable way. It's the first of two conversations we'll have this week about mental illness. I hope we will have more, the subject is too important to ignore.



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I am hearing a great deal in the mainstream press about the rebellion currently taking place in Chad, but I am only hearing the side of President Idriss Deby of Chad. Nowhere, except for a brief interview on NPR this morning, have I heard the rebels' side -- why they are rebelling, what drove them to this extreme, what they hope to accomplish. All we are hearing are Chadian government claims that Sudan is behind all this, in an effort to secure a base in Chad from which to attack Darfur.

I know of an expatriot Chadian community near Washington, DC, which includes many who are up-to-date on the situation, including, I believe, at least one former ambassador from Chad to the US. I think it would be helpful to those of us following the situation in Chad to hear from someone besides government spokespeople who are supporting the government line in Chad. Please contact me if you have any interest in getting in contacting this expat community. They have been in touch with sources on the ground for days, and have been meeting on these issues with the idea of issuing a statement or holding a press conference. I hope you will be interested in helping to balance the reportong on this critical conflict.

Sent by Ellen McDaniel-Weissler | 7:04 PM | 2-4-2008

I've not commented before, but I just wanted to say that your hoarseness was certainly not bothersome. I really appreciated the conversation on mental illness today. Terri's story is indeed remarkable and, for me, familiar, having gone through some of the same confusing highs and lows of manic depressive disorder. However, I feel fortunate that I got my disorder under control before I had the chance to financially and professionally destroy my life. I received treatment when I was fourteen (and I'm almost 24 now) and although I was relatively insulated (being white and middle-class) I still felt a profound sense of isolation within the treatment facility's group therapy. That status as white middle class alienated me and made me feel guilty for having a mental disease since I was privileged. What right did I have to be disordered since my life appeared, on the surface, to be ideal? I don't think it's fair to hold groups of people accountable for inequities they have nothing to do with instituting. However, I do recognize the inequities regarding care for the mentally ill are present, even today, and the access to care and to preventative mental care needs to be expanded. In some ways, though, I do feel responsible to make sure that all people have every possible weapon available to fight mental illness since it is too often fatal. Thanks for starting the conversation. Love the show.

Sent by Janel | 7:22 PM | 2-4-2008

Well I'm a Miami girl (who has some family members in Boston) and I was rooting for the New York Giants! Normally, that doesn't work in South Florida because of the heated rivalry between Miami and New York sports teams and all the New York transplants down here.

But for this Superbowl, there was a unity here like never before. For the native South Floridians, we were rooting for the New York Giants only for the 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season record not to be broken. Okay, I understand the technicality of the Patriots playing two extra games - but that doesn't matter if you don't win the BIG one. Then the New York natives were rooting for their home town team.

So for now, we revel in the New York Giants victory and the '72 Dolphins can pop the champagne bottles one more time. "Perfectville," as we say, still remains population 1. Then the bickering can start next time when any New York sports team comes to town for a visit. :-)

Sent by Moji | 12:40 PM | 2-5-2008