Seriously, people, the most insightful, incisive 60 minutes of talk re: iran, iraq and latin america is available for your listening pleasure right here on Doug Henwood’s radio program. The interview with Ali (New Left Review editor and maybe subject of the Stones’ “Street Fighting Man“) offers a way more nuanced take on the Middle East and U.S. foregin policy than the New York Times could ever muster. It also does a lot to debunk the almost wholly-unsubstantiated “Hugo Chavez as monomaniacal demagogue” discourse currently in circulation. Plus, Ali and Henwood are both funny and enthralling polemicists.
Seriously, consider streaming or downloading this interview the next time you need to clean the house or sharpen your ice skates or whatevers. It is well, well worth it. If you’re somebody who’s not necessarily fascinated by political talk, you might find that listening to smart, cool people’s opinions on such matters is an entirely different experience.