First things first, we have a new Think Again column here called “Spying on Journalists? Why the Silence?” and a new Nation column called “The Defamation League,” here, which addresses, among other things, smears against Bill Moyers. (Also, I worked harder than I like to on yesterday’s Altercation in case you missed it.)See this? (Thanks Petey) Hear this? (Thanks Brian)
This Week on Moyers:
On the heels of the American drone attacks on suspected terroristcompounds in Pakistan, Bill Moyers Journal takes a closer look atAmerica’s history of and current policy on bombing, explores the ethicsbehind these assaults when civilians become the victims and asks: doesbombing work? Bill Moyers sits down with historian Marilyn Young,author of the forthcoming Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth-Century Historyand former Pentagon official Pierre Sprey, who developed military planesand helped found the military reform movement. And, with state budgetsstrapped, President Obama’s proposed economic stimulus plan directsfunds to educational institutions. Bill Moyers talks with CarnegieCorporation President Vartan Gregorian on the future of public highereducation and its role in our democracy.
Paulson’s $140 Billion Surprise: It’s a little-known story about the financial crisis. During the frenzied events of the fall, Henry Paulson rewrote a piece of the tax code to expedite mergers. The quiet alteration amounts to an estimated $140 billion windfall for big banks. Some critics say Paulson’s move was too autocratic, others argue that it was much more than that–it was downright illegal. Will Tim Geithner and the Democrats attempt to correct the wrong?
Campaign Financing: New Twist On Old Problem: Political fundraising has often been viewed as a corrupting influence in politics. Now it’s increasingly being seen by politicians as a roadblock to doing their jobs well. Republican Senator George Voinovich has had enough. Will stories like his breathe new life into the reform movement?
Graham Nash: Reflections box set
Following a matching set from David Crosby, Rhino’s given us a similarly handsomely packaged and extensive collection from Graham Nash. It traces his career from The Hollies with his childhood friend Allan Clarke way back when through all the CSN and CSNY and solo years. Reflections is a three-CD boxed set that encompasses roughly forty years of music with 64 songs; half of which are unreleased mixes, alternate versions and unissued tracks. What’s more, there’s a lovely 150-page booklet with excellent notes and tons of photos. (Nash is a well-known collector of photography, by the way.) Tracing that voice from 1967’s “On A Carousel,” “Carrie Anne” and “King Midas In Reverse,” through “Marrakesh Express,” “Our House” and “Teach Your Children,” and tons of stuff you’ve probably never heard before, much of this set is great, but much of it is not. Nash is one of those people who does not know exactly where his talent is located. I love “Wasted On The Way” “Chicago” and “Military Madness,” in fact, Songs for Beginners, which was re-released last year, is pretty much great throughout. But as with Crosby, there’s going to be a lot of fast-forwarding; something I predict will not be the case when they get around to the more talented, and much more difficult Mr. Stills. Anyway, like the Crosby box, it’s beautifully done and a nice, albeit not cheap shortcut to the part of the Crosby/Nash, Nash, CSN and CSNY catalogue up with which you may not have been keeping…