Plato’s Cave: Commentary on politics, the press, and the popular media.
GENEVA, N.Y.—For the past five years, Professors Iva Deutchman and Linda Robertson have amused and educated Upstate New York audiences by analyzing and skewering politicians, the press, and the popular media on their radio talk show, Plato’s Cave. On November 1, the show will be broadcast via satellite, making it available to the world.
Plato’s Cave, which airs Thursdays from 6:30 until 7 p.m., will continue to be produced through Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ radio station, WEOS 89.7FM, a National Public Radio affiliate, by Michael Black, WEOS station manager. It is distributed on the Public Radio Satellite System. The program is distributed to more than 700 public radio stations that can access the Public Radio Satellite System, the main mechanism for distributing public radio programming throughout the country. It is also aired via the Web site at www.weos.org.
Now many more listeners will be able to tune into the cutting-edge, politically incorrect, frequently liberal—and often left-of-liberal—program. While laced with humor, the comments of Deutchman and Robertson are predicated on years of research and analysis. The professors are published in the fields of political science, communications, and media analysis.
“Unlike the know-it-all Sunday/CNN gasbags, we actually have advanced degrees and comment on subjects in our areas of expertise,” says Robertson. “We rely upon badinage, the quip, and serious analysis to help our audiences feel someone like them is thinking about the issues of the day in a way which takes news, politics, and culture seriously, but we know that the best way to insight is often through humor.”
The show opens with a commentary by each professor. Recently, Deutchman questioned Connie Chung's competence as a journalist for her cross-examination of Rep. Gary Condit (D-Calif.) as if he were an accused murderer. Deutchman discussed how the press can help erode an understanding of fundamental civil liberties by convening kangaroo courts for our entertainment.
Of late, Robertson, who is in London, has been comparing and contrasting the selection of the Tory party leadership with the unelection of George W. Bush, focusing primarily on the influence of the far right on both parties. She accused the Sunday London Times of weak journalism for an article which used a television character to exemplify women in the far right of the Tory party, instead of actually interviewing any such woman in that party.
Other Plato’s Cave highlights include a segment called “The Republican Nose Dive,” which is based on a serious political science theory which questions the survival of the Republican party, and “The Have They No Shame Award,” which focuses on an event in either the political or cultural arena that the professors deem egregious.
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