Free Trade = Good for Human Rights

Susan Aaronson, author of Trade Imbalance gave an opinion piece on NPR’s Marketplace yesterday afternoon.

Human rights groups may protest the Columbian free trade agreement, and point to Columbia’s shoddy record of human rights. Ok, yes, it’s shoddy. But should we wave a stick at it and hope it improves?

Aaronson points out that what many protesters fail to notice is that the agreement has built-in protections for human rights. This deal, in danger of failing, could be just what the critics should be rooting for.


Spoken Word: War Poetry on Quiddity

WUIS program Quiddity, the radio-arm of the literary magazine, devotes an episode to war poetry and soldier-poets.

We’ve been reading our share of war poetry here with James Winn and The Poetry of War, but the brilliant thing about the medium is to hear poets reading, speaking and singing their works and the extra impact that it makes on the listener.

James Winn joins the show for an interview, and reads a some works himself.

Listen in right here!

Reminder: Listen to Air America at 5!

Marci Hamilton will discuss the FDLS with Roseanne Barr from 5-6 pm on Air America Radio.

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Listen live to Marci Hamilton

Marci interviews at 10am on Grambling State University Radio.

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Stay tuned to catch Marci on Roseanne & Johnny on Air America. The show runs all next week, 3-6pm. Marci will be on Monday the 28th. The link on the page goes straight to the streaming audio.


How to Prosectute a Religious Sect

Marci Hamilton lends her legal analysis of what is turning out to be a very complicated situation in Texas.

The Christian Science Monitor, gets into the nitty-gritty of the court battle. In a sidebar audio commentary, reporter Faye Bowers discusses certain similarities between the lives of young women within a polygamous religious sect in Texas and those of women in she wrote about while reporting in Saudi Arabia.

The Salt Lake Tribune discusses the raids, their legality, and historical precedents.

On The Hill’s Congress Blog, Marci throws her support behind officials seeking to prosecute groups such as the FDLS.

Friday Round-Up

What a busy week indeed. Our authors are giving some valuable commentary on issues from all over the news.

The allegations of polygamy and abuse by the FLDS in Eldorado, TX has thrust issues of child abuse and church-state relations into the spotlight. Marci Hamilton wrote about the FDLS two years ago in God vs. the Gavel, and addresses bringing child abusers to justice in Justice Denied. Look no further for expert legal commentary on the unfolding investigation, including her regular posts right here on this blog.

Here are just a few of her many appearances over the last few days:

Interview on Good Morning America on April 10, see minute 2:50

Live chat on on April 8

Interview on the BBC World Service, April 10, 10pm

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A video recently surfaced in which Canadian MP Tom Lukiwski says some pretty awful things about homosexuals. He offered a very public apology and asked for forgiveness. But who would be capable of doing so? Charles Griswold, author of Forgiveness comments on the possibility in The National Post.

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Speaking of apologies, they’re everywhere, aren’t they? Between Spitzer, all of the presidential candidates, and Lukiwski above, Nick Smith, author of I Was Wrong has his work cut out for him. He had an hour-long interview on New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Exchange Tuesday. Have a listen!

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Scientists and politicians are at odds as never before. Sheila Jasanoff discusses the many facets of scientific research, its intersection with government, and the ways that they can better get along in her review of Roger Pielke Jr.’s The Honest Broker.

Nick Smith reflects on his media appearances

Ever wondered what it’s like to be interviewed on the radio or television?

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Nick Smith, author of I Was Wrong: the Meanings of Apologies. Here are some of his thoughts on dropping everything for media appearances, his own radio idol, and being accused of having a speech impediment.

Jonathan Gaugler, my hard-working publicist at Cambridge, asked my to write up some thoughts about the flurry of activity since the release of I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies. This is my first book, so this is all new to me.


Diane Rehm devoted an entire show to the book on Tuesday. This may not sell as many copies as an appearance on Oprah, but for me it was even more thrilling. Diane Rehm belongs in the pantheon of great figures in contemporary media, and I don’t know of any better interviewer (although Terry Gross surely warrants similar praise). As so many programs become increasingly argumentative and paced for short attention spans, she slows down conversations and treats her guests with such grace and thoughtfulness. She listens enthusiastically, which I find to be one of the most important skills for any teacher. Over the years I have looked to her show as a model for conversations in my classrooms, so this was like meeting the master. Continue reading