BTS 1/9/2006: Judging Alito; Ariel Sharon; Harry Magdoff Remembered

Listen: Emily Bazelon - Ilan Pappe - John Simon / Robert Pollin

Day one of Judging Alito – will he hide his extreme views? Will Democrats set the tone with the right tough questions, and will they use the filibuster? Emily Bazelon joins us for comment and analysis.

We then turn to an extended conversation with Ilan Pappe of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s political legacy and the future of Israel post- Sharon, who lies in an induced coma after suffering a massive stroke last week.

And finally we appreciate Harry Magdoff’s life and work with John Simon and Robert Pollin.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Emily Bazelon is a senior editor at Slate. She edits the magazine's Medical Examiner, Science, Faith-Based, and Dismal Science columns and writes about law (and sometimes about family, sex, and motherhood). Before joining Slate, she worked as an editor and writer at Legal Affairs magazine and as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.

2. Ilan Pappe is a senior lecturer of Political Science at Haifa University and Academic Director of the Research Institute for Peace at Givat Haviva. Dr. Pappe wrote on the death of the Two-State solution in the book Israel and a Palestinian State: Zero Sum Game? in 2001 and is one of a group of ‘new historians’ in Israel who contest the early history of the Israeli state as promoted by its founders.

3. Robert Pollin is Professor of economics and founding co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at U Mass-Amherst. He is the author of Contours of Descent (Verso), and is a frequent guest on this program.

John Simon is one of the directors of the Monthly Review Foundation and a former Book Publisher.