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Black Like Me: GARY YOUNGE explains the magnitude of the Obama-thon currently taking place. What the nation has liked most, Younge says, is not what Obama has said or done but what he is. In short, Obama is a black man who does not scare white people. This is mostly not Obama’s fault. He is who he is. Gary writes for The Guardian and The Nation.
Also: Girl Groups of the Sixties: a 4-CD Rhino box set, nominated for a Grammy, features the lesser known but more revealing singles and B-sides: One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds, Lost & Found. Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote, to hear all these long-suffering voices is to realize that feminism didn’t arrive an instant too soon. GARY STEWART and SHERYL FARBER will explain. (Originally broadcast 11-30-2005)
Plus: CHALMERS JOHNSON talks about his new book Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic — on the unintended consequences of our dependence on a permanent war economy. It’s a staggering tale of American hubris from our most prescient critic of American empire and its pretensions. (Andrew Bacevitch) In Greek mythology, Nemesis is the goddess of retribution, who punishes human transgressions of the right order of things and the arrogance that causes them.