SpiritFarmer


This is not a political post
May 11, 2007, 3:06 pm
Filed under: podcasts, politics

I’ll just admit it – I’m an addict. I am a faithful fan of public radio’s This American Life. I’m a week or two behind schedule on my podcast listening, but this morning, I tapped into their episode “Habeas Shmabeas 2007,” which was an updated version of an episode they did a year ago – an episode which won them a Peabody Award. It talks about the detainees in Guantanamo Bay, detailing some of their stories.

Now, I don’t care what you think about the war on terrorism, but this stuff is just outrageous. I’m not typically very politically active, and I greatly dislike the rhetoric of the major political parties, but I will say this – after listening to this show, I’m all of a sudden sympathetic to some of the cries for impeachment of the president and vice-president (to be clear, sympathetic doesn’t mean endorsement . . . just sympathetic, for now).

I tried really hard to listen to this show with objectivity, taking a devil’s advocate position in my mind. But ultimately, I was won over. I’m more than willing to listen the other side of the story, too. I have a hard time believing there are many convincing points in favor of the practices described. Enough of my ranting already – go listen!

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