KPFK 12/19: The Year in Review

IRAQ: American officials in Baghdad inhabit an isolated world: the Green Zone, a walled fortress filled with villas, swimming pools, and shiny new SUVs. It’s ground zero for cultural blindness, neo-con fanaticism, and imperial fantasy – the place where the American effort to remake Iraq was always doomed to failure. RAJIV CHANDRASEKARAN of the Washington Post tells that story — his book is Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone. (broadcast April 4, 2007)

Also: THE POLITICS OF HEALTH CARE: I spoke with New York Times op-ed columnist PAUL KRUGMAN about that topic at ALOUD at Central Library, a free series at the Los Angeles Public Library presented by the Library Foundation of L.A., and we will feature highlights of that conversation. Krugman’s new book is The Conscience of a Liberal. (broadcast Nov. 7, 2007)

Plus: HILLARY: is she a closet leftist and radical feminist? Has she been targeted by a vast right-wing conspiracy? We talked with CARL BERNSTEIN about Hillary’s 1960s; why she left Washington for Arkansas in 1974; why her 1993 health care plan ended in disaster; and why so many people don’t like her. Carl Bernstein of course is the Watergate Pulitzer Prize-winner; his new book is A WOMAN IN CHARGE: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. (broadcast July 18, 2007)