Rock historian Ed Ward offers praise for songwriters PF Sloan and Steve Barri They were the songwriters behind “Eve of Destruction” and wrote hits for Herman’s Hermits, The Mamas and the Papas and The Turtles.
“Here we discover that this same president, the one who the United States and the West are sacrificing so much for, is in cahoots with somebody whose interests in that region are in direct opposition to ours. … [Iran is] training the Taliban, they’re supporting the Taliban [and] they’re kind of working against the overall goal of the Americans and NATO there, which is to set up a stable government that can hold the country [up,] by itself, so that we all can go home. And the Iranians are working against that.”—New York Times reporter Dexter Filkins, on the story he broke last month about Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai and his aides regularly receiving bags of cash from Iranian officials. Filkins reports that the situation in Afghanistan is increasingly growing more dangerous for both soldiers and journalists.
Today we’re talking to New York Times foreign correspondent Dexter Filkins about the increasing violence in Afghanistan — and the difficulties he (and other reporters) face everyday when trying to cover the war.
He recently broke the story that President Karzai and his aides have been receiving regular bags of cash from Iran — and he tells Terry today that the bags were sometimes literally plastic, see-through grocery bags. (Sometimes they were boxes full of cash too.)
He also recently reported that his friend Joao Silva, a Times photographer, was severely injured when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan. It’s worth reading.
“I sure didn’t like it when I got pregnant a few times. It’s hard for a woman to have so many kids. And at the time, I guess I had four. And then I got pregnant and had the twins. But I was a little angry. … If I’d had [the pill] I would have used it. ‘Cause back when I was having all the kids, we didn’t have birth-control pills. Or if we did, I didn’t know anything about them.”—Country singer Loretta Lynn on her song ‘The Pill’