Clarifying last week's remarks on our new president
Several listeners have let us know that they thought we were too hard on President Obama last week. Give him a break, they said. He's only been on the job a little while.
This week we aim to clear the air. Let's start by saying unequivocally that we're still in the president's camp, emphatically so. But we're still going to do what we said we would during the campaign -- call for Obama to do the right thing.
February marks the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran . One of the most significant events in the Middle East in the last half century, it dramatically changed the political balance of power in the region and created one of the US’s greatest foreign policy challenges. The revolution caught all the western intelligence agencies off-guard. The Shah’s monarchy, characterized by President Carter a year earlier as the Island of Tranquility , had disappeared and a revolutionary government unlike anything seen before had taken over the most valuable US ally in the Persian Gulf .
US-Iran relations have regrettably gone from bad to worse over the past 3 decades. During this same period, Iran has gained great influence in the region and is a major player in all Middle East arenas – Iraq and Palestine in particular. Many analysts of foreign affairs today agree that having a normal relationship with Iran is critical if the US goal for stability of the Middle East is to be realized.
Host Per Fagereng speaks with William Kleinknecht, author of THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America. While Republicans continue to oppose the stimulus plan, asking themselves “What Would Ronald Reagan Do?”, Kleinknecht provides evidence that Reagan’s tax, regulatory and antitrust policies are directly responsible for the current economic climate.
Host Abe Proctor is already disappointed in Obama's performance, while Host Joe Uris thinks we need to give the man a little more time to settle in before calling him a Wimp on the tougher issues. Listeners weigh in on both sides.
Madness Radio: Depression And Oppression Alisha Ali
Is depression a result of poverty? How can community development and economic empowerment affect mental health? Psychology professor Alisha Ali discusses the dangers of turning social problems into medical disorders, including bias in diagnosis, limits of "cultural competency" and "anti-stigma" initiatives, and the experiences of immigrant women.