World War I ended more than 90 years ago, and only one veteran of ‘The War to End All Wars’ is still with us. How did 109-year-old Frank Buckles get involved in World War I? What are his memories of the fighting and of the war coming to a close? Why was World War II far worse for him even though he was no longer in uniform? And what are his reflections on such a lengthy life? Listen here as Greg Corombos profiles Frank Buckles.
Archives for May 2010
A Measureless Peril
Author Richard Snow explains why the six-year-long Battle of the Atlantic is one of the most important and under-appreciated conflicts in World War II. How did the U.S. build up our Atlantic Fleet so quickly after two decades of isolation. Who was the commander who led our naval efforts so well before being virtually forgotten by history? And what turned the tide against a very tough German navy? We discuss it all with Richard Snow.
The History of Memorial Day
Memorial Day is not about grilling food and getting good bargains at the store, it’s about honoring those who have given their lives in service to our nation and to preserve our freedoms. Author Kenneth C. Davis joins us to explain the real history of Memorial Day and discuss his new book “A Nation Rising”.
‘So Much Dishonesty’
Late Thursday, the full House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee both voted to repeal the longstanding ban on gays serving openly in the military. But while the Left tries to engender sympathy for the cause while they still have the votes in Congress to pass it, how are they distorting the true nature of this bill? Just how much would change if the law is changed? Why were the leaders of all branches of the military ignored in their efforts to stop the repeal? How would this change in law impact military education? And is there any reason to think the repeal will not pass in the Senate? We ask Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness.
The Capitol Steps provide their satirical take on the Arizona immigration debate. Our guest is Steps impressionist Mark Eaton.
Obama Rewards Government Failure
President Obama wants a six-month moratorium on pending and future offshore drilling leases. And he wants a lot more oversight of drilling practices. But Arizona Rep. John Shadegg wants to know why the failure of the government to provide proper oversight is being rewarded by an even bigger bureaucracy. Listen here as Rep. Shadegg discusses the Obama approach to the oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico and how he’s using it to push his unrelated climate change agenda.
Small Business Nightmare
Congressional Democrats are working to merge House and Senate versions of financial reform legislation. What does the bill accomplish? What does it fail to do? And why are small business owners the biggest losers in this legislation? We ask Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a member of the House Financial Services Committee.
Obama’s Oil Charade
On Thursday, President Obama ordered a six-month moratorium on any new offshore drilling leases. He also used the oil mess in the Gulf of Mexico to push for climate change legislation. Will the moratorium ever be lifted? What does Obama really think about drilling and our current energy system? Is he any more receptive to land-based exploration for oil and natural gas? What would Democratic energy legislation actually do? We ask Chris Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of “Power Grab”. He also updates CEI’s lawsuit against NASA to force the space agency to divulge the data that supposedly backs the case of significant man-made climate change.
House GOP Wants Your Ideas
House Republicans are asking for your input on the issues facing Congress right now and what the Congressional agenda ought to be in the months ahead. So what is this new program all about? Is this a new version of the Contract with America? Why should voters believe a Republican majority would be different than the one that lost power four years ago? And why is the Greek debt crisis a stark wake-up call for the U.S.? We ask Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who is also vice-chair of the House Republican Conference.
Politics of Oil, Sestak Probe
President Obama is taking heat from all sides as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues. How much political damage could this cause the President? What impact will we see from his decision to send 1,200 National Guard troops to our southern border? Will Rep. Joe Sestak end up in big trouble for not divulging who offered him a government job in order to withdraw from the Pennsylvania senate race? And how encouraged should Republicans be with their unlikely win in a special Congressional election of in Hawaii? We get answers from John Gizzi of Human Events.