Talking about the Things That Matter Most on Feb. 11
4:00 – Iranian Revolution – 31 Years Ago Today
As Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Thursday that Iran had produced a higher grade of nuclear fuel, opposition protesters clashed with security forces on the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. Some say this year’s anniversary rallies would be a showdown that could shape the future of Iran. Opposition protesters have challenged Iran’s government since weeks of chaos last summer, when the government violently cracked down on those protesting the results of Iran’s presidential election, which they claim was marred by fraud. We look at the current political situation in Iran and look at the history as well. Mark Bowden, author of Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam is our guest.
4:40 – “A Song for Haiti”
The Motor City Lyric Opera will present a benefit performance “A SONG FOR HAITI” on Sunday February 14, 2010 at 3: 00 PM at Holy Name Church in Birmingham, MI. Renowned flutist Alexander Zonjic will perform along with The Motor City Lyric Opera Children’s Chorus, soprano Mary Callaghan Lynch & various esteemed Detroit entertainers. All donations will go to The Gosder Cherilus Foundation or The Catholic Relief Services. Gosder a first round draft pick for the Detroit Lions, created this foundation for his homeland, Haiti. Mary Callaghan Lynch joins us.
5:00 – Tiger Woods and Plato
A few weeks ago, the Tiger Woods scandal was returned to the news by reports that Woods was receiving treatment for sex addiction. While many may have welcomed this sordid story’s earlier disappearance, it in fact deserves serious consideration because of what it says about our culture and, in fact, about our very humanity. So far, commentary on possible deeper meanings of the Woods scandal has focused on matters such as our preoccupation with celebrity and the possibility, in a modern media age, of crafting a public personality wholly at odds with one’s real character. As a student and teacher of political philosophy, however, Woods’s sad fall from respectability reminds Carson Holloway of Plato’s account of the human soul. What we have learned about Tiger Woods, combined with what we already knew about him, may not confirm the truth of Plato’s psychology, but it at least confirms its relevance to the human situation even today. Paradoxically, from this most contemporary downfall we learn that our civilization’s most ancient wisdom is still worthy of our careful consideration. Carson joins us.
5:20 – Post-abortive Testimony
Michelle Yax is the Director of Mother and Unborn Baby Care in Southfield, MI and is, herself, a post-abortive woman. The shock, fear and shame of her first pregnancy drove her to her abortion, Yax says. Until the day of abortion, she had only thought about herself. But when she climbed upon the operating table, she changed. Everything inside me was screaming, “This is wrong. This is so wrong,’” Yax says. Michelle is with us to share her story.