Jul 01 2015

Soundbites July/August 2015

Ira Glass (Matthew Septimus/NPR)

‘American Life,’ From GOP to CIA   Bob Schieffer kicked off his final show as host of CBS’s Face the Nation (5/31/15) with a clip of what he said on his first show 24 years ago: “Our aim is going to be very simple here, to find interesting people from all segments of American life who have something to say and give them a chance to say it.” The Washington Post’s Michelle Ye Hee Lee (5/31/15), reviewing Schieffer’s last broadcast, wrote 
that “Schieffer remained true to the tradition on his final broadcast,” citing his two final guests: Republican presidential candidate […]

Aug 01 2013

This American Life on Guatemalan Genocide

Washington's role is a story not worth telling


Washington’s role is a story not worth tellingOn the evening of December 4, 1982, President Ronald Reagan informed reporters assembled at an Air Force base in Honduras that he had just engaged in a “useful exchange of ideas” with Efraín Rios Montt. The Guatemalan military general was the most recent in a succession of U.S.-backed dictators who had been governing the country since the CIA first toppled its democratically elected president, Jacobo Arbenz, in 1954. “I know that President Rios Montt is a man of great personal integrity and commitment,” Reagan continued. “I know he wants to improve the quality […]