The Errington Thompson Show 7-18-09

In preparing for the show, every now and then there are curveballs that are thrown your way like the great broadcaster Walter Cronkite dying on Friday night. That completely changes your Saturday morning show. Therefore, I started to show off with a trip in the “way back machine” and I tried to explain the importance of Walter Cronkite. In the 1960s and 1970s, there were only three major networks. There was no satellite and no cable TV. Most major metropolitan areas had a couple of independent stations and public broadcasting. At 5:30 or six o’clock, the national news was served up on one of the three major networks. Walter Cronkite was by far the most popular with over 25 million viewers at the peak of his popularity. Americans trusted Walter Cronkite. If he said we landed on the moon — we landed on the moon. If he said we lost Vietnam — we lost Vietnam. He had a type of integrity that is not seen in today’s world. I play several clips that made Walter Cronkite very famous.

Special thanks for Miccheckradio who has been great help with my prep!

Conservatives advising the state of Texas on curriculm standards say that civil rights leaders César Chávez and Thurgood Marshall are given too much attention in Texas social studies classes. That’s right— unlike most criticisms finding that minorities get too little coverage in history textbooks, these conservatives think that civil rights leaders get too much attention. To quote one adviser, “”To have César Chávez listed next to Ben Franklin is ludicrous.”

Scientists have given a name to the new element added to the Periodic Table. It’s time to recognize…copernicum! The element, named after astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, will hereby be known by the symbol Cp. It was actually discovered in 1996 through fusion experiments led by Prof. Sigurd Hofmann of the Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Germany. Office.

Dare to be Stupid
Meghan McCain continues her mission to shake up the GOP with this new line in an interview with ““Joe the Plumber — you can quote me — is a dumbass. He should stick to plumbing.”

My special guest this week is constitutional scholar, friend of the show Linda Monk. We spent a good deal of time discussing the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings. Senator Al Franken had an outstanding moment when he asked Judge Sotomayor about the only case on Perry Mason that Berger won, since both for fans of Perry Mason when they were growing up. We have a wide ranging discussion which includes the fraud on Wall Street which seems to have caused a significant portion of our economic downturn. One of her major points is that prosecutions should start from the top down and not from the bottom up. This is a great discussion. Enjoy!

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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