Alex Goldmark, on the (hopefully not so late) night shift.
So we've found our guests to discuss the life and legacy of legendary author and recluse, JD Salinger: Jonathan Safran Foer and King Dork author, Frank Portman. It is still State of the Union week here on The Takeaway though, so in addition to the state of foreign (military) affairs from General David Petraeus, we'll get a preview of the state of Native America from the man who will give the state of the Indian union speech tomorrow. Right now, that's the update.
But who knows who will call in to The Takeaway tomorrow, it could be anyone.
Anna Sale here on the day shift.
Wow. What a show today. We had so many smart people weighing in on the State of the Union speech, but that wasn’t all.Wyclef Jean called in with a dispatch from his latest trip to Haiti and answered questions about his foundation's response to accounting questions. Noam Chomsky joined us to talk about Howard Zinn’s legacy. And, of course, we had the first of our exclusive two-part interview with General David Petraeus, where he talked about working through the difficulty of engaging people who "have our blood on their hands” in Iraq and now in Afghanistan.
How to follow such an exciting morning tomorrow?
For starters, we’re prepping the rest of our interview with General Petraeus. Obama didn’t talk much about the state of U.S. foreign policy in his speech, but we got the comprehensive status update from the commander of the U.S. Central Command. We'll bring that to you tomorrow.
In the president's speech yesterday, he devoted much of his time focusing on helping small businesses. We’ll ask how it sounded to people who are running companies far from the nation’s capital. After our conversation today about the evolving mood in Miami in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, we’re making calls today to journalists and advocates in the Dominican Republic to get a sense of the conversation there.
We also think there’s more unpacking to do of Chris Matthew’s quip last night that he “forgot [Obama] was black for an hour.” We started that conversation this morning with Morehouse College professor David Wall Rice, but we want to keep looking at this and ask the question, what does post-racial mean, anyway?
We’ll cap off the week with some fun segments. We’ve been in touch with our friends at The Week magazine and are busy putting together this week’s episode of Good Week/Bad Week. In our weekly look at movies, The New York Time’s A.O. Scott and Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman will handicap the contenders for a spot in the now-wider field for Best Picture. The whopping ten nominations for that category will be announced Tuesday. And Caryn Ganz from Rolling Stone will look at the line-up going into this weekend’s Grammy awards – and find out just how Grammy voters got so out of touch.
And we just heard about the death of author J.D. Salinger. We'll look back on the legacy of the reclusive writer tomorrow.