The Osama bin Laden manhunt film "Zero Dark Thirty" came under fire Wednesday from a bipartisan group of senators who complained to Sony Pictures that the drama is "grossly inaccurate and misleading" because it suggests that torture helped extract key information from a terrorism suspect.
In a letter to studio chief Michael Lynton, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) wrote that the movie, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, improperly establishes a connection between "enhanced interrogations" and key intelligence.
Rad the letter HERE
Professor Paul Finkelman joins David to discuss his New York Times Op-Ed The Monster of Monticello. He argues that, contrary to popular belief, Thomas Jefferson was always deeply committed to slavery, and even more deeply hostile to the welfare of blacks, slave or free. His proslavery views were shaped not only by money and status but also by his deeply racist views, which he tried to justify through pseudoscience. Rather than encouraging his countrymen to liberate their slaves, he opposed both private manumission and public emancipation. Even at his death, Jefferson failed to fulfill the promise of his rhetoric: his will emancipated only five slaves, all relatives of his mistress Sally Hemings, and condemned nearly 200 others to the auction block. Even Hemings remained a slave, though her children by Jefferson went free. Professor Finkelman os a John Hope Franklin visiting Professor of American Legal History at the Duke University School of Law and President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at Albany Law School. A specialist in American legal history, constitutional law, and race and the law, Professor Paul Finkelman is the author of more than 150 scholarly articles and more than 30 books including his latest Defining Slavery Under A “Government Instituted for the Protection of the Rights of Mankind.” His op-eds and shorter pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, and on the Huffington Post.
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Alex Warren and Greg Yankee our in studio guests to talk about the film Losing the West. Alex Warren is the film's director and Greg is the policy and legislative director at Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts. They had a screening at the Denver Film Society. Losing the West is a documentary on small ranching and farming, exemplified by the story of a lifelong Colorado cowboy. Howard Linscott IS the original Marlboro Man, a gruff, chain-smoking 70-year-old who’s been ranching all his life. With sweeping shots of the Colorado Rockies, the film explores whether cherished Western traditions and this fiercely independent lifestyle can survive as they collide with inevitable population growth in the West and its dwindling natural resources. Interviews include Dr. Patricia Limerick of the Center of the American West, Senator Michael Bennett, Andy Lipkis, founder and president of TreePeople, one of California’s preeminent environmental non profit organizations, members of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, as well as the family, friends and co-workers of Howard Linscott.
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When Jeffrey Loria decided to once again blow up his Marlins, it sparked a brief outrage over the $500 million in public money that had been spent on the team's brand new stadium. These outrages happen every couple years or so and are forgotten in time for the next bond issue. Public financing of stadiums for private teams is common enough now that it's largely taken for granted, even though these deals rarely produce anything of real value for the municipalities that fund them. How did we reach this point? Has it always been like this? And just how much have we paid for our sports infrastructure?
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