Newsmaker: Jae-won Lee, Professor of Communication, Cleveland State University: Dr. Lee, a native of South Korea and former newspaper reporter, will discuss recent developments involving North Korea, which claims to have conducted an underground nuclear bomb test. The United States is calling on the United Nations for a “strong and swift” response that might include sanctions. Mr. Feagler and Dr. Lee will discuss possible U.S. responses and how the people of South Korea are reacting.
Adam Cathcart, Assistant Professor of Asian History, Hiram College: Dr. Cathcart, long familiar with the uneasy relationship between North Korea and its Asian neighbors, says President Bush could launch a bold initiative by agreeing to sit down and talk with Pyongyang. He says there's much to be gained by bringing North Korea into the world community.
Segment II: Doris O’Donnell, author of Front-Page Girl: The long-time Cleveland newspaper reporter has just published a memoir covering her 58-year career. She entered the business prior to World War II when female reporters were scarce, and even fewer were covering hard news. Yet O’Donnell forged a career that took her all over the world covering such stories as the assassination of President Kennedy and the urban riots of the 60s. Her book is both the story of a career and a fascinating insider’s look at Cleveland history.
Segment III: Michael Patrick MacDonald, author, Easter Rising: You’ve heard the names of America’s most notorious neighborhoods - South Central LA, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Hell’s Kitchen. Add South Boston to that list. Southie, like the others, is known as a cesspool of violence, poverty and gangsterism. Michael Patrick MacDonald knows it as well as anyone alive. He grew up in South Boston with eleven siblings, four of whom died young. MacDonald has survived to tell a powerful story. His memoir, All Souls, and its sequel, Easter Rising, are being compared to Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes.