KPFK Wed. 7/10: The Democrats and the War

John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for The Nation, talks about the Democrats and the war – and the coming contest in Connecticut, where George Bush’s favorite Democratic senator, Joe Lieberman, is facing a strong challenge in the Democratic primary from anti-war progressive Ned Lamont. John writes The Online Beat at

American Prometheus : The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Vintage)PLUS: War, politics, deceit, and betrayal: they all come together in the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the a-bomb and accused communist, told by KAI BIRD and MARTIN H. SHERWIN. “Devastated by the atom bomb’s legacy of fear, he became a vocal and passionate opponent of the Strangelovian madness that gripped the world because of the weapons he helped develop.” The book is American Prometheus: The Triumph of Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer –it won the Pulitzer Prize; it’s out now in paperback. (Originally broadcast 6/1/05)

AND: Your Minnesota Moment: the deformed frogs of LeSueur– what are they trying to tell us? (originally broadcast 7/11/00)

The Woods

ALSO: SLEATER-KINNEY, the great all-girl punk band, is breaking up. “They came from the Pacific Northwest; they were young; and they had things to say” – Rick Moody. We’ll speak with GREIL MARCUS about the trio and their music. Sleater-Kinney’s latest CD/LP is The Woods (2005);
Greil Marcus’s latest book is Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads (2005), a “biography” of the Dylan song.
PLAYLIST: “Ballad of a Ladyman,” “Was it a Lie?” from All Hands on the Bad One (2000) (originally broadcast 7/12/00)