Political Analysis

From the grassroots to Washington and beyond, the realities of politics and power are routinely cloaked in euphemism and evasion.

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This week's show is an hour-long special covering the life and lasting influence of rebel investigative and independent journalist Izzy Stone, with two distinguished guests.

1.) Fred Peabody is an Emmy-winning journalist and filmmaker whose credits include seven years as a producer-director on the acclaimed CBC investigative program “The Fifth Estate”. In 2003 he was Supervising Producer on “Perfect Illusions," a PBS documentary about eating disorders in young women. His film on the childhood exploitation of the Dionne quintuplets was nominated for an Emmy in 1998, and he won an Emmy in 1989 for a film about wild horses rescued from starvation and abuse. He’s produced two documentaries on chemical and biological weapons, and a major investigation of corporate SLAPPS (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation).

Fred learned his craft at the CBC in Toronto, where he spent four years as a news editor/reporter with CBC News, followed by seven years as a producer on "The Fifth Estate". His investigative work at “The Fifth Estate” led to staff producer jobs with ABC News 20/20 and Dateline NBC.

He is currently writing, producing and directing "All Governments Lie", a 90-minute theatrical release documentary on the legendary Washington journalist I. F. Stone, in collaboration with Peter Raymont, President of White Pine Pictures in Toronto.

2.) Myra MacPherson is a journalist, lecturer and author of five books that include best sellers and award winners. "All Governments Lie: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I.F. Stone" was awarded the Ann M. Sperbr biography award in 2007, a 2007 PEN USA Literary Award finalist, named Number One of the Top Ten Biographies of 2006-2007 by Booklist and Best Book of the year by newspapers, including the Boston Globe. MacPherson is also noted for her best selling "Long Time Passing: Vietnam and the Haunted Generation," which was published in 1985 and was the first trade book to mention an unknown phrase, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her book is now considered a Vietnam classic and remains in print.

Her latest book, "The Scarlet Sisters: Sex Suffrage and Scandal in the Gilded Age" saw a return to the subject of feminists and women's rights that she had touched on in her best selling "The Power Lovers: An Intimate Look at Politicians and Their Marriages."

MacPherson was a long time political and general reporter for the Washington Post, wrote for the New York Times, numerous magazines, and Salon.com.

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