October 23rd Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, responding to hate, The Onion, Christopher Hitchens, the Holy Land Foundation trial, and your letters.
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October 23rd Show

There seems to be a growing number of incidents of nooses on display lately. We've had discussions on this show about the cultural symbolism of the noose and whether displaying it should be considered a hate crime... so in our first hour today, we will talk about how we should respond to hate. Our guests will share their perspectives from different sides of the issue. Author John McWhorter will explain why he feels that attention given to incidents of hate breeds "copy cats" and the hype surrounding the noose incidents should largely be ignored. Anne Reese Carswell, the associate director of the Nyumburu Cultural Center on the campus of the University of Maryland, will share her first-hand experience of finding a noose hanging from a tree close to the center. And Luke Visconti, co-founder of the publication DiversityInc will talk about why he feels ignoring incidences of hate only perpetuates the problem. Please share you thoughts as well. How should we respond to hate? At the end of the hour, we will talk to Greg Beato, contributing editor and columnist at Reason magazine, about his article entitled, "Amusing Ourselves to Depth." In it, Beato talks about how The Onion has gone from a twelve page, coupon-filled publication to a successful newspaper whose print circulation has achieved a 60 percent increase in the last three years and attracts more than two million online readers per week. All that, and it's fun to read!!!

Last week, author Christopher Hitchens was not able to join our program as scheduled, so we are happy to have a second chance to talk with him today in our second hour. Hitchens will discuss his latest book entitled, Thomas Paine's Rights of Man, and Paine's influence on the concept of human rights and the French and American revolution. Thomas Paine's The Rights of Man is the latest in a series from the Atlantic Monthly Press on Books that Changed the World. Following that, Dallas Morning News reporter Jason Trahan will talk about his coveriage of the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial where five Holy Land defendants are accused of wiring over $12 million to Palestinian charity committees said to be controlled by the terrorist group, Hamas. At the end of the hour we will read from listener blogs and emails about genetic testing, Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize, and the art of swearing.