I’ve got a new “Think Again” column, called “Why Can’t the Media ExplainOur Woes? (and Why Other Countries Don’t have Them…). It’s acomparison of healthcare systems in the United States and Europe and amusing on why our media fail to communicate these essential differences.And you can find it here.
My new Nation column is called “Harvard Heal Thyself (Why JournalismMatters).” It’s about the Times excellent reporting of the HarvardMedical School scandal, and it’s here.
Hey look at all the trouble Pierce is causing, here.
This week on Moyers:
With a landmark speech on health reform behind him and tensions risingin war-torn Afghanistan, Bill Moyers Journal looks at President Obama’snext big fights. Global health specialist and incoming president ofDartmouth College Dr. Jim Yong Kim shares his expertise in publichealth. And, the Journal takes a hard look at the state of affairs inever-divided Afghanistan with McClatchy DC Pentagon correspondent NancyYoussef.
Woodstock–40 Years on Boxed Set
I was sick of Woodstock by the twentieth anniversary. But once you’ve seenthe movie a few times, this is the best way to experience it. Certainlylet’s all stop reading about it, talking about it, (I’m pretty surewe’ve all stopped getting high to it.) As I’ve been arguing of late, themusic is really the only excellent thing to come out of the sixties thatwould not have happened anyway without “the sixties.” Here we get a77-song, six-CD collection , sequenced in chronological order ofperformance, featuring 38 previously unreleased recordings, includingthe Grateful Dead, The Who, Tim Hardin, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe& The Fish, and others. The set’s co-producer Andy Zax did yeoman’sresearch, explaining: “The way we approached all of the material was asif it was a cinema verité documentary — the raw record of the event,”Zax says. In addition to the music, the set offers considerable amountof ancillary, sometimes annoying announcements throughout including theidiotic rant of Abbie Hoffman, before getting clobbered by PeteTownshend. Thanks to its rigorously chronological sequence, it’s a finework of history with a good book and plenty of photos, set lists, etc.,which turn out to be pretty surprising. And the sound’s been nicelycleaned up, all things considered.