The Late Neil Sheehan, The New York Times, Vietnam, and Daniel Ellsberg Pt. 2 w/ Jim Naureckas
Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael
On this edition of Parallax Views we continue our examination of the late New York Times journalist Neil Sheehan, this time covering a news story published in NYT after his death by reporter Janny Scott proclaiming to tell the true story of the Pentagon Papers and Sheehan's involvement in the affair that was not previously known. The article, entitled "Now It Can Be Told: How Neil Sheehan Got the Pentagon Papers", seems to treat Neil Sheehan as the true hero of the the saga while portraying the story's whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg as a fearful neurotic with a penchant for making foolish mistakes. The Pentagon Papers, which were a secret Pentagon study of the Vietnam War commissioned by Robert McNamara that exposed how the U.S. government had been deceiving the public about the war effort, is a monumental case in the history of 20th century politics and journalism. As such Janny Scott's story, in which Sheehan gives a different version of events, is an important development. Jim Naureckis of the media watchdog organization Fair and Accuracy in Media (FAIR), however, argues the Scott story is misleading. As such Naureckis and FAIR released an Action Alert to its readers entitled "What Can ‘Now Be Told’ by NYT About Pentagon Papers Isn’t Actually True". Jim joins us to discuss the problems with the NYT article purporting to tell a new truth about the Pentagon Papers as well as discussing the problems of valorizing journalists as heroes while downplaying the importance and bravery of whistleblowers like Ellsberg. All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views.
The Late Neil Sheehan, The New York Times, Vietnam, and Daniel Ellsberg Pt. 1 w/ Jim DiEugenio
Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael
On this edition of Parallax Views, the acclaimed New York Times journalist Neil Sheehan passed away on January 7th, 2021. Sheehan is particularly known for his reporting on the Vietnam War, his bestseller A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam, and his involvement in the story of whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Although highly regarded by most, Jim DiEugenio of Kennedys and King offered criticisms of Sheehan's journalistic oeuvre in his piece "Neil Sheehan: In Retrospect". Jim joins us on this edition of the program to offer a parallax view on the work of Neil Sheehan and his contemporary David Halberstam, author of The Best and the Brightest, as it relates to their work on the Vietnam war. DiEugenio argues in his heavily footnoted piece that, contrary to recognizing the Vietnam War as a folly, Sheenan offers a "Lost Cause" theory of the conflict that has since been taken up by journalists today like Max Boot (author of The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the Tragedy in Vietnam) and others. Additionally, DiEugenio makes thoughtful critiques of Sheehan in relation to the story of the Pentagon Papers and Sheehan's spat with attorney Mark Lane over Vietnam atrocity. This is a fascinating conversation that also manages to delve into foreign policy during the administration of President John F. Kennedy and a rundown of the story behind the Pentagon Papers. Additionally, Jim offers his thoughts on the Capitol riots of January 6th, 2021. All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views!
These two brave reporters risked their lives and their reputations during the war in Vietnam, to reveal the truth to the American people about what was happening there. Both describe here - how and when they realized the United States government was lying about the causes and the scope of the war. And both eloquently explain their views on the role of the journalist as a witness and an adversary of government. Neil Sheehan, who died earlier this month, also talks about his role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in the pages of the New York Times. And he details why he was driven to spend over 13 years writing a definitive history of the war, called "A Bright Shining Lie," which won the Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Halberstam, who won the Pulitzer during the war, went on to write one of the other most important accounts of U.S. involvement in Vietnam: "The Best and the Brightest."
Bookwaves/Artwaves – January 14, 2021: Neil Sheehan – Jan Morris
KPFA - Bookwaves/Artwaves
Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky. Links to on-line and streaming local theater & book events  Bookwaves Neil Sheehan, who died on January 7, 2021 at the age of 84, was one of the great American journalists. Known for having broken the Pentagon Papers in the New York Times, he was also the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author of A Bright Shining Lie, a history of the American involvement in Vietnam, as told through the life of Lt. Col. John Paul Vann. This interview with Neil Sheehan, conducted by host Richard Wolinsky, was conducted on October 12, 2009 while he was on tour for his book A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon, which focused on the nuclear stalemate between the United States and the Soviet Union, and the history of the Cold War. While the central theme of the interview is A Fiery Peace in a Cold War, Neil Sheehan also discusses American involvements in Vietnam, both Iraq wars, and Afghanistan, and of course, the Pentagon Papers. Complete 43-minute interview.  Bookwaves Jan Morris, who died on November 20th, 2020 shortly after her 94th birthday, was known as an historian and a travel writer. As James Morris, she accompanied Edmund Hillary on the first expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. Before and after her transition in 1964, Jan Morris wrote 18 travel books, six history books including a noteworthy three volume history of the British Empire, eight memoirs including the best-selling Conundrum, two novels, and twelve collections of essays. This interview, conducted by Richard A. Lupoff and Richard Wolinsky, was recorded at Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera, California on August 8, 1999 while Jan Morris was appearing at a conference in the San Francisco Bay Area. There were would be a second interview in 2001, which will be digitized and posted in the future. Jan Morris’s book, Lincoln: A foreigner’s quest, discussed in the interview, was published in 2001. Radio Wolinsky podcast.  Announcement Links Bay Area Book Festival George Saunders & Tobias Wolff, January 15, 7 pm. Books Inc  Elaine Costillo, January 21, 5 pm. Book Passage.  Conversations with authors. January 14, 6 pm: Rameshwar Das: Being Ram Das; January 17, 4 pm: What's Your Story? January 18, 1 pm: Life after Trump. January 19, 12 pm: Paraic O'Donnell. January 23, 1 pm: Jen Sincero. January 26, 6 pm: Simon Winchester. March 23, 6 pm: Jacqueline Winspear. April 10, 1 pm: Elizabeth George. The Booksmith  Mary Ziegler with Becca Andrews, January 14, 6 pm. Roy Richard Brinker, January 26, 6 pm, free RSVP; Debut author panel, January 28, 6 pm, free RSVP. Center for Literary Arts, San Jose.  Kiese Laymon, February 4, 7 pm. Kepler’s Book s This is Now with Angie Coiro: January 19: Simon Winchester. American Conservatory Theatre  Place Here, Time Now: Conversations with artistic director Pam MacKinnon, episode 5 now streaming. Aurora Theatre ’s A new ticketed audio drama, The Flats, written by Lauren Gunderson, Cleaven Smith and Jonathan Spector, with Lauren English, Anthony Fusco and Khary L. Moye, directed by Josh Costello, streaming now. Aurora Connects conversations every Friday, 4 pm. Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, adapted for audio, starts on April 9th. Berkeley Rep  10 episode audio series: Place/Settings: Berkeley, episode one streaming; episode two drops January 19. What's in a Play,  Mondays 6:30 & 8 pm. Zoom, Registration required. June, 2021: Swept Away, a new musical. Brava Theatre Center:  Events to be announced. California Shakespeare Theatre 15 The Oresteia by Ellen McLaughlin, live reading, January 15, 2021, 5:30 pm, free. Registration required. Central Works  Bystanders by Patricia Milton, an audio play, currently streaming. Cinnabar Theatre.  The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne, streams January 22-31, 2021. Contra Costa Civic Theatre The Last Five Years, February 12-15, 2021. Video on demand. Curran Theatre:  To be announced. Custom Made Theatre  Upcoming events to be announced. 42nd Street Moon . Third Tuesday Talks Over the Moon, 8 pm: Every other Friday at 8 pm: Full Moon Fridays Cabaret. Sundays at 8 pm: Quiz Me Kate: Musical Theatre Trivia. Magic Theatre.  Virgin Play series: Unseen by Mona Monsour, January 7, 7 pm; Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You too, August Wilson) by Rachel Lynett, January 14, 7 pm. Artists Roundtable, January 21, 7 pm; Nanay by Mollly Olis Krost, Janury 28, 7 pm. Marin Theatre Company  The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, Jan 26 - Feb 28, 2021. Lauren Gunderson’s play Natural Shocks streams through Soundcloud on the Marin Theatre website. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts  new on-line programming series featuring classes, concerts, poetry sessions and more. New Conservatory Theatre Center  In Good Company, episodic series podcast streams on the website. Interlude by Harrison David Rivers streams March 1 - 24. Pear Theater. The Path Back to Me, two one-woman shows, Full Fathom Five by Annamarie MacLeod and Becoming Othello by by Debra Ann Byrd,. Ray of Light:  Events to be announced. Remote Theater.  see website for listings. San Francisco Playhouse . 2020-21 Virtual Season: Songs for a New World, streaming through January 15, 2021. SFBATCO Live with Rod and Marce on Twitch TV, every Thursday at 6 pm. Shotgun Players.  The Light extended to January 20, 2021. 30th Season starts in March: Every Time I Feel the Spirit by Noelle Vinas, a Zoom commission. The Breath Project.  Complete collection streaming on demand. The Marsh:  International Solo Fest, archived streaming. Josh Kornbluth hosts bingo every Friday at 7:30 pm. Divine Madness by Lynne Kaufman, Saturday January 30, 7:30; Sunday January 31, 2 pm. Theatre Rhino The Review, or How to Eat Your Opposition by Donnetta Lavinia Grays, January 22-31, 2021, live stream 8 pm; Official opening January 23.Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm Thursdays. Thursday, January 14: Lone Mountain. Thursday January 21: The Salamander. TheatreWorks Silicon Valley . Hershey Felder live from Florence: Before Fiddler, February 7, 5 pm; Puccini, March 14, 5 pm; Anna and Sergei (Sergei Rachmaninoff), May 16, 2021. National, Misc: Chamber Music San Francisco:  Five Concerts: February 13, March 6, March 20, April 10, April 24, all 7 pm. Oregon Shakespeare Festival:  On-demand audio recordings of early plays; videos of Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, etc. Atlantic Theatre Company.  She Persisted, the musical, streaming through Jan. 20, 2021, Playbill List of Streaming Theatre:  Updated weekly, this is probably the best list you'll find of national and international streaming plays and musicals. Each week has its own webpage, so scroll down. 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Neil Sheehan, who died on January 7, 2021 at the age of 84, was one of the great American journalists. Known for having broken the Pentagon Papers in the New York Times, he was also the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author of A Bright Shining Lie, a history of the American involvement in Vietnam, as told through the life of Lt. Col. John Paul Vann.This interview with Neil Sheehan, conducted by host Richard Wolinsky, was conducted on October 12, 2009 while he was on tour for his book A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon, which focused on the nuclear stalemate between the United States and the Soviet Union, and the history of the Cold War.While the central theme of the interview is A Fiery Peace in a Cold War, Neil Sheehan also discusses American involvements in Vietnam, both Iraq wars, and Afghanistan, and of course, the Pentagon Papers.
Celent with Awaad Amir (Analyst) & Neil Sheehan (Analyst) | E114
Summary:In this 114th episode of Fintech Impact, Jason Pereira, award-winning financial planner, university lecturer, writer, and host interviews Neil Sheehan and Awaad Amir who both work in the roles of Research & Advisory at Celent. Celent is a consultant to large financial and Fortune 500 institutions that deals with how they can better adapt to technological challenges that they are facing. Awaad Amir and Neil Sheehan discuss the uses and developments of voice activation. Episode Highlights: ● 01:15 – Neal Sheehan and Awaad Amir define Celent and how it got started. ● 02:43 – Why was Celent created as an offshoot of Oliver Wyman? ● 04:28 – What kind of developments have they seen arising with voice? ● 08:23 – They discuss some of the obstacles that voice has to overcome still. ● 13:14 – What are some of the use cases for voice? ● 19:22: – How many banks in Canada and the United States are using Virtual assistants? ● 22:50 – Voice accuracy and privacy issues are still not fully resolved. ● 24:53 – What is involved on the backend for delivering the best experience? ● 27:11 – Clean data is crucial to build new initiatives and products. ● 32:53 – Innovation labs are important for banks to create new solutions. ● 35:26 – What would they change in their business or industry? ● 37:17: – What have been the biggest challenges that they face? ● 41:31: – What is the most exciting thing that they are working on? 3 Key Points 1. All the major banks in Canada and the United States are experimenting with voice interactions. 2. We have the legal right to our data and to have it requested in a reasonable amount of time. 3. The industry needs to continue to educate those that use their services. Tweetable Quotes: ● “Celent is a technology research and advisory firm that is a subsidiary of Oliver Wyman, which is a global management consulting firm.” – Awaad Amir ● “We do have a software application on our website that is called VendorMatch where vendors can go on and put their applications on there, put a demo, a white sheet, any type of information on facts on the products.” – Neil Sheehan ● “What is so unique about voice, unlike desktop, mobile computing, it is an interface that the user has to learn. So, the voice kind of flips that around where it is the natural language of the person.” – Awaad Amir Resources Mentioned: ● Facebook – Jason Pereira’s ● LinkedIn – Jason Pereira’s ● FintechImpact.co – Website ● JasonPereira.ca – Jason Pereira’s newsletter ● Linkedin – Neil Sheehan’s ● Linkedin – Awaad Amir’s ● Celent – Website● VendorMatch –Webpage for Celent See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.