In this issue:COMMENT´´Faking It´´ by Steve Coll: Donald Trump´s ´´Fake News´´ Tactics.LETTER FROM WASHINGTON´´The Russia Portfolio´´ by Jeffrey Toobin: After Michael Flynn pleads guilty, the President´s lawyers scramble.ANNALS OF EDUCATION´´Two Schools of Thought´´ by Rebecca Mead: Success Academy´s quest to combine rigid discipline with a progressive curriculum.A CRITIC AT LARGE´´Acts of Attention´´ by Tobi Haslett: What Susan Sontag never changed her mind about.THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Overflowing´´ by Anthony Lane: A review of The Shape of Water. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jamie Renell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/171206/pe_nyer_171206_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer at The New Yorker and writer Ben Cheever on this edition of Fresh Air. Jeffrey Toobin´s new book is an investigation into the bush gore presidential recount. It´s called, Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election. He also has a piece in the latest New Yorker, about the new anti-terrorism legislation. His last book, A Vast Conspiracy, was about the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. Toobin is also a legal analyst for ABC news. Ben Cheever´s new book is called Selling Ben Cheever: Back to Square 1 in a Service Economy. In 1995, Cheever lost his publisher and was not able to sell his third novel. To continue working, he decided to take jobs at chain bookstores, car dealerships, and sandwich shops. His book is about his 5 years working in the ´´service economy.´´ Cheever´s novels include The Plagiarist, The Partisan, and Famous After Death. He has been a newspaper reporter and an editor at Reader´s Digest. (Broadcast Date: November 6, 2001) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/011106/rt_whyy_011106_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Journalist Jeffrey Rosen and Jeffrey Toobin on this edition of Fresh Air. Jeffrey Rosen´s article in this coming Sunday´s New York Times Magazine is about the CIA´s effort to partner with Silicon Valley to develop new anti-terrorist technologies. The CIA has founded a venture-capital firm that funds the development of cutting edge technologies that may be useful for national security, in particular new techniques for finding terrorists. Rosen will talk about some of these technologies - and what civil libertarians think of them. Journalist Jeffrey Toobin discusses his profile of Attorney General John Aschroft, published in this week´s New Yorker. Toobin is a staff writer for the New Yorker. He is also a legal analyst for ABC news. His books include, Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election, A Vast Conspiracy, and The Run of His Life. (Broadcast Date: April 11, 2002) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/020411/rt_whyy_020411_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of The Nine and The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The already sensational story took the first of many incredible twists on April 3, when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre ´´Tania.´´ The weird turns of the tale are truly astonishing-the Hearst family trying to secure Patty´s release by feeding all the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; the bank security cameras capturing ´´Tania´´ wielding a machine gun during a robbery; a cast of characters including everyone from Bill Walton to the Black Panthers to Ronald Reagan to F. Lee Bailey; the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event to be broadcast live on television stations across the country; Patty´s year on the lam, running from authorities; and her circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term ´´Stockholm syndrome´´ entered the lexicon. The saga of Patty Hearst highlighted a decade in which America seemed to be suffering a collective nervous breakdown. Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, American Heiress thrillingly recounts the craziness of the times (there were an average of 1,500 terrorist bombings a year in the early 1970s). Toobin portrays the lunacy of the half-baked radicals of the SLA and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and re-creates her melodramatic trial. American Heiress examines the life of a young woman who suffered an unimaginable trauma and then made the stunning decision to join her captors´ crusade. Or did she?
In this issue: COMMENT ´´Activism v. Restraint´´, by Jeffrey Toobin: President Obama faces a Supreme Court dominated by political adversaries.THE WAYWARD PRESS´´Rage Machine´´, by Rebecca Mead: Andrew Breitbart’s empire of bluster. ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS´´Immigration Blues´´, by Alec Wilkinson: On the road with Los Tigres del Norte.SHOUT & MURMURS´´Your New College Graduate: A Parents’ Guide´´, by Simon Rich. ON TELEVISON´´Talking Dirty´´, by Nancy Franklin: Chelsea Handler sexes up late night. THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Straight Arrow´´, by Anthony Lane: A review of Ridley Scott´s Robin Hood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Moran. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/100519/pe_nyer_100519_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the best-selling author of A Vast Conspiracy and The Run of His Life comes Too Close to Call - the definitive story of the Bush-Gore presidential recount. A political and legal analyst of unparalleled journalistic skill, Jeffrey Toobin is the ideal writer to distill the events of the 36 anxiety-filled days that culminated in one of the most stunning Supreme Court decisions in history. Packed with news-making disclosures and written with the drive of a legal thriller, Too Close to Call takes us inside James Baker´s private jet, through the locked gates to Al Gore´s mansion, behind the covered-up windows of Katherine Harris´s office, and even into the secret conference room of the United States Supreme Court. As the scene shifts from Washington to Austin and into the remote corners of the enduringly strange Sunshine State, Toobin´s book will transform what you thought you knew about the most extraordinary political drama in American history. The Florida recount unfolded in a kaleidoscopic maze of bizarre concepts (chads, pregnant and otherwise), unfamiliar people in critically important positions (the Florida Supreme Court), and familiar people in surprising new places (the Miami relatives of Elián González, in a previously undisclosed role in this melodrama). With the rich characterization that is his trademark, Toobin portrays the prominent strategists who masterminded the campaigns - the Daleys and the Roves - and also the lesser-known but influential players who pulled the strings, as well as the judges and justices whose decisions determined the final outcome. Toobin gives both camps a treatment they have not yet received - remarkably evenhanded, nonpartisan, and entirely new. The post-election period posed a challenge to even the most zealous news junkie: how to keep up with what was happening and sort out the important from the trivial. Jeffrey Toobin has now done this - and then some. With cla... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030129/bk_adbl_030129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In A Vast Conspiracy, the best-selling author of The Run of His Life casts an insightful, unbiased eye over the most extraordinary public saga of our time - the Clinton sex scandals. A superlative journalist known for the skillfulness of his investigating and the power of his writing, Jeffrey Toobin tells the unlikely story of the events that began over doughnuts in a Little Rock hotel and ended on the floor of the United States Senate, with only the second vote on presidential removal in American history. This is an entirely fresh look at the scandal that very nearly brought down a president. Packed with news-making disclosures and secret documents published here for the first time, Toobin unravels the three strands of a national scandal - those leading from Paula Jones, Kenneth Starr, and Monica Lewinsky - that created a legal, personal, and political disaster for Bill Clinton. A Vast Conspiracy is written with the narrative drive of a sensational (if improbable) legal thriller, and Toobin brilliantly explores the high principle and low comedy that were the hallmarks of the story. From Tripp to Goldberg, Isikoff to Hyde, the complex and tangled motivations behind the scandal are laid bare. While misguided, outlandish behavior was played out at the very highest level, Toobin analyzes the facts and the key figures with a level of dignity and insight that this story has not yet received. The Clinton scandals will shape forever how we think about the signature issues of our day - sex and sexual harassment, privacy and perjury, civil rights, and, yes, cigars. Toobin´s book will shape forever how we think about the Clinton scandals. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Stillwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030130/bk_adbl_030130_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.