Images of War

March 23, 2003

In this hour of To The Best of Our Knowledge, Susan Sontag reflects on how photographs help us experience other people’s pain. And, as the country faces war, we’ll hear stories about our great patriotic songs, and find some comfort in the ancient Sufi poet, Rumi.

  1. Susan Sontag on "Regarding the Pain of Others"

    Susan Sontag’s new book about the imagery of war is “Regarding the Pain of Others.”  She says that graphic war photos can be very powerful, but they often elicit complicated reactions among viewers.

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  2. The Letters of Peace Activist Rachel Corrie

    Actor Tracy Arnold reads excerpts from the email of Rachel Corrie, the young American peace activist who was recently killed by an Israeli Army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip.

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  3. John Hasse on The Star Spangled Banner

    Should the Star Spangled Banner really be our national anthem?  John Hasse gives a short history of patriotic songs, and suggests alternatives for the national anthem.

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  4. Joseph Persico on "Roosevelt's Secret War"

    Joseph Persico talks about his book “Roosevelt’s Secret War.”  Persico explains how the attack on Pearl Harbor prodded FDR to launch America’s first real intelligence network.

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  5. Coleman Barks on Rumi

    The 13th century Sufi mystic is one of America’s bestselling poets, thanks largely to the translations of Coleman Barks. A Muslim born in Afghanistan, he celebrated the underlying unity of all religions

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