Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
10:23 am
Fri October 31, 2014

We're Knights Of The Roundtable

One of the best things on WAMC is the first hour of The Roundtable, every weekday morning between nine and ten.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Karen Hitchcock: Big-Time College Sports - Does our Current Student-Athlete Model Work?

 Just last week, an eight month- long investigation of academic fraud involving student- athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of our nation’s most prestigious public universities, was released. This investigation, led by Kenneth L. Wainstein, a longtime official at the U.S. Justice Department, revealed a well-orchestrated, long-standing and widespread corruption of the academic program at Chapel Hill. In brief, the Wainstein Report described a “shadow curriculum” that had been developed by  the departmental manager and the chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department to ensure the academic success of “at risk” student – athletes.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Herbert London: Negotiating With Iran

It is something of an old saw to contend that if a woman says “no,” she means “maybe.” If she says “maybe” she means “yes,” but if she says “yes” she is not a “lady.” Similarly if a man says “yes,” he means “maybe,” if he says “maybe” he means “no,” but if says “no,” he could not possibly be a negotiator in Vienna for the Obama administration.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:54 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Guns Versus PR In Palestine

Whenever I speak about Israel and Palestine, I get angry and anguished letters from both sides. I understand. The world is going to heck in so many ways – growing population, destroying our environment, killing each other – why not have a few dreams about the good life in the Middle East. Dreams are much more fun than reality. Only a few have the strength to look with clear eyes and at both sides.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Rabbi Dan Ornstein: The Mosquito

I hate mosquitoes, having endured my share of sleepless nights itching from their bites and being startled by the maddening drone of their speeding wings.  I reserve my greatest antipathy for those giant mosquitoes that sport long, ugly legs and tubular bodies.  I am not fooled by the seeming frailty of their translucent wings, which move three hundred to six hundred times per second.  They lift and land their owners with the impunity of a rogue pilot, treating every surface of the world like an open runway and the surface of skin like the unlocked door of an unguarded blood bank.

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Commentary & Opinion
4:15 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Blair Horner: A Voters Guide For Election Day 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 is Election Day. On this year’s ballot, in addition to the candidates who are running for office, New Yorkers have the opportunity to vote on two proposed changes to the New York State Constitution and a bond act.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:46 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Rogovoy Report for October 24, 2014

This weekend’s highlights include a film festival, chamber music, orchestral music, a weird science event, some rock ‘n’ roll music and some spooky theater to get you in the mood for Halloween.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:53 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Karen Magee: Tearing Off The Gag

Every spring, New York students must sit for hours on end, filling in bubbles on standardized tests that purport to measure their progress in English Language Arts, science and math.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:55 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Sean Philpott-Jones: Fear And Loathing In West Africa

Two weeks ago, I wrote a commentary decrying the current hysteria in the US over Ebola. It was ironic, I argued, that so many people were demanding the federal government take immediate steps to address the perceived threat of Ebola while simultaneously ignoring the real public health threats that we face.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:47 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Herbert London: The European Slide To Anti-Zionism

Although it isn’t binding, the British parliament voted in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state. British MPs voted 274 to 12 for a non-binding motion to “recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution.” The remainder of the parliament’s 650 MPs abstained.

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