Friday, September 28, 2007
RONN OWENS Friday show with author Robert D. Kaplan was excellent
How many times do you hear an author on radio and immediately have to go out and buy the book...in hardcover, no less?
That's what happened to me today, hearing Robert Kaplan, the Atlantic Monthly's military correspondent, talking about his time embedded with the top echelons of the U.S. military.
The hour was like a great college course, and did what radio should do: educated, enlightened and entertained. Who knew soldiers are being trained for Iraq in Alaska and missions are being fought at mobile home technology bases in Las Vegas?
Then, for comic relief, Owens did an hour of letting anyone say anything for 30 seconds. It was partly scary, that some people could be so stupid; and partly uplifting, that some can be so caring and funny.
I liked the guy claiming to be gay in Iran and the woman reminding victims of abuse that they aren't at fault. You can keep the Stephen King guy and the lady who couldn't figure out when to talk.
Don't believe me. Check it out for yourself. KGO lets you hear what you missed at www.KGO.com