How did torture become official US policy? What arguments did the Bush Justice Dept. use to justify inhuman, cruel and degrading treatment? And what is Obama doing to bring those responsible to justice? DAVID COLE looks at the torture memos released by the Justice Department. He teaches at Georgetown Law Center, he’s also a volunteer staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. His new book is The Torture Memos.
Plus: THELONIOUS MONK wasn’t a naive, childlike, eccentric character. Historian ROBIN KELLEY says he was basically a musician trying to make it without compromising his vision. Robin tells the story of the life, the times, and the music of “an American original.” Robin teaches at USC; his much-heralded new book is Thelonious Monk.
PLAYLIST: “‘Round Midnight,” “Well You Needn’t,” “Straight No Chaser,” “Sweet and Lovely” – 1947 Blue Note sessions.