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Monday, April 28, 2003

Start The Week

I groggily reached out for the sleep button on my clock radio at 9:21 this morning (yet another jammy day off work thanks to teacher training) and after a few seconds came round enough to realise I was listening to Start The Week. There are occasions when they spout impenetrable "aren't I the clever one?" crap on these chatter shows, but I was rapt by pretty much everything that was said this morning.
I can listen to Shirley Williams all day any day, and Andrew Marr's other guests - David Frum, Eric Schlosser and Simon Baron-Cohen - were equally erudite. They had very differing views, but they all made sense (which is perhaps why I'm hopelessly LibDem). Not only that, they were talking about stuff that preoccupies a lot of my pseudo-intellectual rants. In the second half of the program that I heard, they covered:
  • cultural differences between the UK and the US
  • the part that religion plays in each of those cultures
  • the "free enterprise" economy of the US and how it exploits immigrant workers
  • the double standards applied to the US cannabis and porn industries
and a whole load of other stuff. If you can, I urge you to listen to the half-hour repeat at 9:30pm tonight, or better still the streamed audio (click on the link at the STW website), which is the full 45 minutes.

I just wish I could pick their brains some more.

posted by Plig | 17:27 |

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