Tag: national

The making of an icon

Studio 360, WNYC, January 16, 2009 Art played a bigger role in this presidential election than ever before. Especially that heroic red-white-and-blue image of Barack Obama. You know the one. It’s by a street artist named Shepard Fairey. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter talked to him and some other Obama image makers, who confessed that victory puts them in a […]

What the Left thinks of “socialism”

WNYC News, October 31, 2008 The last few weeks of turmoil on the financial markets and all the talk of bailouts and rescue plans has brought government intervention in the economy to the forefront of debate in a way it hasn’t been in a long time. But there are some who have been advocating alternatives to […]

Poking fun at Palin

WNYC News, October 2, 2008 Gov. Sarah Palin arrives at the vice presidential debate tonight as a near-overnight celebrity. But with her interviews few and far between, a lot of what we know about her – or what we think about her – has been supplied by comedians. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter takes a look at […]

Campaign theme songs, a tough balance

WNYC News, February 2, 2008 It’s not exactly the Grammys, but as the presidential field winnows down, so does the list of campaign theme songs that might – come November – be crowned the Winning Presidential Anthem of 2008. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter evaluates the contenders.

Dr. King’s impact on political oratory

WNYC News, January 20, 2008 In this election year, political oratory is back in the spotlight. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter sat down with one of New York’s best known orators to talk about the art of the speech forty years after Dr. Martin Luther King.