Thursday, February 1, 2001

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  • 1961 Debate Between Malcolm X and James Baldwin

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    Celebrating African American History Month, we broadcast the debate between Malcolm X and James Baldwin. The debate took place 40 years ago when John F. Kennedy was president and the Civil Rights movement in America was fighting for racial and economic justice. On April 25, 1961, two giants of African-American history faced each other in a debate on the nature of racism in America and possible solutions. The discussion between brings into sharp focus many of the issues that still plague this country.

  • U.S. Plans to Militarize Space

    When President George W. Bush chose Donald Rumsfeld as his secretary of defense, he gave a clear signal that theUnited States would push forward with plans for a national missile defense’ system. Rumsfeld headed a congressionalcommission charged with assessing the ballistic missile threat facing the U.S. His report warned that within fiveyears, a rogue state’ such as North Korea or Iran could obtain a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US.

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