Friday, August 30, 1996

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  • Reactions to Clinton Nomination Acceptance Speech from Chicago Public Housing Community

    President Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president last night before a packed arena of delegates, media, employees and friends. Throughout the speeches, and throughout President Clinton’s speech, in particular, pundits prowled the skyboxes sharing their commentary with audiences, often spewing the same old tired nonsense. So we hightailed it out of the convention. We decided to go somewhere else and headed two blocks away from United Center to one of the toughest, most desperate examples of public housing in America. We invited a group of Henry Horner residents and people who work at the project to join us for Clinton’s speech. [includes rush transcript]

  • As DNC Concludes and the Macarena Fades Out, Sex Scandal Drives Clinton Strategist Out of White House

    The Democratic National Convention is over, and so, for the moment, we’ll all be spared the flag waving, the glitz, the empty rhetoric and, most importantly, the Macarena. Why the "Macarena"? Well, the song projects a hip, energetic, multi-culti image of the Democratic Party on national TV. It also reminds America that the Democrats oppose English-only laws, since the song was originally all in Spanish. But you have to wonder if the political handlers who designed this convention bothered to listen to the lyrics. Well, Dick Morris has done the Macarena, right out of the White House. The political strategist is credited for Clinton’s innovative election-year strategy of stealing the Republican agenda and calling it "New Democrat." On the most important day of President Clinton’s re-election campaign, Morris submitted his resignation after Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post published a story that the tabloid The Star was going to come out with a story claiming that for the past year the married Morris was paying a prostitute $200 an hour to engage in kinky sex. We speak with Katha Pollitt of The Nation magazine. [includes rush transcript]

  • Young Protesters Yearn for a Return to More Confrontational Style of Politics Outside DNC

    It’s been 28 years since a relatively handful of political hippies and yippies defied the autocratic power of then-Mayor Richard Daley Sr. and attempted to march on the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The resulting violent confrontation was picked up by the news media. And protesters, who were well aware of the cameras’ significance, chanted, "The whole world is watching!" This week in Chicago, the protests have been decidedly tamer. And an older, greyer group of radicals, who once called for trashing the streets of Chicago, are now advocating a more staid political pursuit, like lobbying and registering to vote. But Pacifica’s Paul DeRienzo, who has spent the week on the streets of Chicago, found some young firebrands who yearn a return to the more confrontational style of politics, but with an agenda more in line with the ’90s. [includes rush transcript]

  • Protester Round Table

    We’re joined in the studio by a room full of people, well, who weren’t on the guest list this week at the Democratic National Convention. In fact, that was the name of their march on Wednesday, "Not on the Guest List," when they got arrested. We’re joined by Dave Dellinger, who was in Chicago in 1968, back again in 1996. We’re also joined by Andrew Hoffman, who runs America’s Soup Kitchen on Wheels up in Boston, also knows someone well who was here in '68: he's the son of Abbie Hoffman. And we’re joined by Barbara Peterson and Steve Sato, who were part of the group of protesters who were arrested this week. [includes rush transcript]

  • Studs Terkel

    We are joined in studio in Chicago by the legendary radio broadcaster, writer and oral historian, Studs Terkel. He speaks about conventions, the real difference between Clinton and Dole, big government, Chicago ’68, Chicago ’96, FDR, Nixon, the perversion of language, and much more. [includes rush transcript]

  • Democratic National Convention Wrap Up

    Hosts Amy Goodman and Salim Muwakkil wrap up convention coverage in Chicago with poetry from the protest pen. [includes rush transcript]