This American Life

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Driving home from work recently, I heard talk show host Mike Reagan (the former president’s son) explain patiently to his listeners why it is important to search their children’s rooms for illegal drugs. I began to wonder whether he searched his dad’s room. . .

I switched to Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio, and heard a debate on whether the move to eliminate soft money (i.e., money that people voluntarily donate to the politicians of their choice) in political campaigns should be coupled with partial taxpayer financing of elections, or complete taxpayer financing of elections (the full range of options offered) … I begin to wonder what nation this is the talk of. Surely not one with a Constitution protecting free speech.

I immediately switched to the FM “classic rock” station. The Beatles are playing “Back in the USSR” – the most insightful political commentary I’ve heard all day.

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