I recently was interviewed by Reuben Heyman-Kantor for "War News Radio" -- a project of Swarthmore College. It is a series of stories and interviews on the War in Iraq conducted by Swarthmore students and broadcast via internet podcasts. According to their site, "War News Radio fills the gaps in the media's coverage of the war in Iraq by airing new voices and perspectives, both personal and historical, in a balanced and in-depth manner."
Being a little skeptical when contacted for the interview, we listened to the War News Radio archives. While there is a distinct anti-war (anti-Bush) tint to many of the interviews and stories (some more so than others!), and they decidedly follow the MSM formula of shock! horror! outrage! -- they make a pass at presenting both sides of the war -- although "balanced" and "in-depth" may be stretching it a bit... must be that liberal arts education (couldn't resist). However, since my opinions and my stories are already here for all to see and my leanings are hardly news, I agreed to the interview.
I will compliment Mr. Heyman-Kantor (who has been studying Arabic for a number of years and hopes upon graduation next year to pursue journalism specializing in Middle Eastern affairs) and say he did a fair and reasonable job of picking some interesting parts of the more than 30 minute telephone interview/conversation into the six minutes of this program (although I swear B5 and Mr/Mrs Greyhawk that I mentioned Blackfive and Mudville as daily reads in addition to Andi's World and Most Certainly Not (and Iraq the Model and Big Pharoah) even if they didn't make the podcast... not that B5 and TMG readership will suffer any for the lack of mention... You can listen to the mp3 or the streaming audio here under the December 2, 2005 "Taking Stock of the War" entry. The interview begins about 12:27.
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