Sam Quinones, freelance journalist in Mexico City and author of True Tales from Another Mexico: The Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx (University of New Mexico Press), joins Larry Mantle to talk about the latest happenings in Mexico.
In a secret Pentagon report entitled the "Nuclear Posture Review," The Bush Administration has ordered the Pentagon to develop new nuclear weapons and contingency strategies to use against several countries including Iran, Iraq, North Korea, China, Libya, Syria and Russia. Does the U.S. need such a plan, and at what point might it be administered? Larry discusses the issue of nuclear weapons with Joseph Nye, Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and author of The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone (Oxford University Press).
In the face of fluctuating gas prices and mind-numbing traffic, commuters' frustrations are at an all time high. Addressing our seemingly overwhelming transportation woes, the book Breaking Gridlock explores a wide range of viable options for getting from here to there. Larry Mantle discusses these options with author Jim Motavalli.
Larry takes listener reactions to the CBS Special "9-11," about the World Trade Center disaster. Two young filmmakers happened to be filming in the financial district when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. They were able to record footage of the planes hitting the towers, as well as rescue efforts inside the buildings.
Following the passage of Measure W in Orange County, the Navy has announced that the backers of the "Great Park" must quickly create some form of workable plan for the former El Toro Marine base or the land may be auctioned to the highest bidder. Larry Mantle discusses the Navy's announcement, the passage of Measure W, its pending legal challenges, and whether or not the idea of an airport is dead.
Host Larry Mantle together with critics Andy Klein of New Times L.A. and Henry Sheehan of the Orange County Register discuss this week's film and video releases. The selections are: The Time Machine, All About the Benjamins, Big Bad Love, Festival in Cannes, Borstal Boy, and The Last Man.