The Jack Rice Show, Thursday, January 25, 2007.
Jack discussed the recent incident involving freshman Rep. Michele Bachmann and President Bush. Of course, he was discussing her shoulder grip and the kiss. However, why the reaction that it received? The video was covered by the NY Times, Drudge Report and the Huffington Post. It was downloaded more than 400,000 times. Was this story sufficiently newsworthy to receive such interest? What is the line between interest and excitement at seeing the President and that of a Backstreet Boys groupie? Did Bachmann cross that line or was she just excited to be there? Jack took your calls.
Katheryn Sikkink, a poly-sci professor at U of M talked about the effectiveness of human rights trials. The International Criminal Court is up and running. Should the U.S. become more involved or are there legitimate concerns about political pressure that would put Americans at risk?
Kristine Kern and Leslie King discussed the risk and response to global environmental change. Wht has science, which should be a-political, become so politicized? How are the Europeans handling this issue and should the Americans step up?