“It’s not a bill I’d vote for” – that’s what Howard Dean says about the health care bill the Senate Finance Committee passed yesterday with one Republican vote. Meanwhile, the Dems are caving on the banking bill: HAROLD MEYERSON will comment – he’s an op-ed columnist for the Washington Post, where his new piece is “Who Will Rein In Wall Street?”
Remember Ramparts? Remember the energy and political punch of this glossy New Left muckraking magazine? PETER RICHARDSON explains how Bob Scheer and Warren Hinckle did it – his new book is A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America.
Also: the rise and fall of cigarettes in America. ALLAN BRANDT talks about “the drama of consumer desire” in which advertising made cigarettes the tobacco of choice for nearly half of all Americans in 1950. Brandt teaches at Harvard medical School; his book THE CIGARETTE CENTURY: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America is out now in paperback. (originally broadcast May 23, 2007)