Archive for February, 2019

Countering historical amnesia

Friday, February 8th, 2019

A promising attempt to recall conveniently forgotten episodes in US history recently debuted at NPR with a story on the CIA-engineered overthrow of Iran’s constitutionally legitimate prime minister, Mohammad Modsaddegh, in 1953. It’s worth a listen and even makes room for some narrative complexity despite the breezy, children’s program format that has infected so much of NPR’s programming following the abrupt removal of Bob Edwards from Morning Edition in 2004. (It appears today’s haute bourgeoisie require quick vocal turns, inexplicable repetition, and scripted banter to match the attention span of a mayfly with ADHD.) (more…)