August 6th Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour, civilian deaths and winning a war, and summer movie festival looks at films about food. In our second hour, Bob Garfield's Chaos Scenario" and Bill T. Jones remembers Merce Cunningham.
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August 6th Show

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Civilian Deaths: How Many Is Too Many?
The U.N. reported that civilian deaths in the Afghan war soared by 24 percent during the first half of 2009 compared with the same period last year. The U.S. military recently tightened its rules for using airstrikes and targeting the Taliban, but the measure could increase the risks for U.S. troops. We'll talk about civilian deaths and the rules of war.

Summer Movie Fest: Favorite Food Flicks
Murray Horwitz is back! Our favorite film buff continues our summer movie series with a look at our favorite films about food. Okay food lovers. Tell us what movies literally made your mouth water.

The Coming Chaos
According to author and On the Media host Bob Garfield, we are in the midst of a new world order — a digital revolution that will devastate mass media and make you the next mogul. Garfield talks about his "Chaos Scenario" as traditional advertising models become less effective and consumer behavior changes.

Bill T. Jones Remembers Merce Cunningham
Merce Cunningham, the avant-garde and unconventional choreographer known for his modernistic approach to dance, died last month at the age of 90. Bill T. Jones, himself a choreographer, once described Cunningham as a "champion in the struggle to say that dance is its own primary language... ." Jones talks about Merce Cunningham's influence on choreography and dance as an art form.