Ken Burns, “The Vietnam War”

Ken Burns, “The Vietnam War”

Here’s my conversation with Ken Burns, whose new PBS documentary series, “The Vietnam War,” will debut on September 17th. Among my questions: Vietnam veterans don’t like talking about the war — how did you get them to open up? Was that because of how...

A War Has Actually Ended

Here’s something you rarely read about: a war that has ended. In Colombia, the FARC rebels have surrendered their weapons and agreed to a peace plan with the government they have waged war against for more than five (!) decades. From Newsweek… FARC began...

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Eric Schlosser writes about the possibility of World War III by mistake, with a long look at the status of nuclear weapons in the US and Russia, and the possibility of accidental launches due to technology that’s more outmoded than you could possibly...

Experiencing 9/11

On 9/01, as I watched the devastation in New York, my thoughts turned to my brother Seth, who commuted each day from New Jersey, through the World Trade Center, to his office a few blocks away. With the havoc caused in the communication system due to the loss of the...

Four 9/11-Related Guests

On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country, here are some of the guests I’ve talked to over the years who said things different from what you may have heard elsewhere: John Farmer, senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission and author of “The...

Bogus Bomb Detectors Strike Again

I thought we were long done with the con man James McCormick, who sold Iraq fake bomb detectors and made over $80 million. That scam was first revealed by my friend James Randi more than six years ago (here’s our conversation about it in January, 2010), but even...