If all I ever had was brickbats for NPR, I might end up being considered no more than a crank or curmudgeon. However, NPR can do a compelling piece--even on a controversial topic. Tonight's piece featuring an extended discussion between two novelists regarding Israel's war on Lebanon was just such a one. Debbie Elliott speaks with Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua and Lebanese writer Elias Khoury.
It was refreshing was to hear conflicting points of view discussed with commitment, seriousness, and passion on the part of the speakers (and to hear points of view that are rarely aired in the mainstream media.) And credit also goes to Debra Elliot who tried to keep a focus to the discussion but didn't adopt a glib or smug tone.