First a nod to Wayne Goodwyn: what a great story about Alan Bean and his relentless search for justice in the US criminal justice system that has an endless appetite for Black folks - guilty and innocent. Here in Illinois, the system is infamous for incarcerating innocent men, especially African Americans.
The bigger thanks goes to whoever ran Goodwyn's story right after Scott Simon's gooey "Aren't we a post-racist, color blind society" monologue. Scott was so moved by Barak Obama's victory in Iowa that it got him all goosebumpy thinking about Hillary Clinton running as a woman and Condoleezza Rice serving as Secretary of State. He was even moved by having three Catholics on the Supreme Court (that bastion of Constitutional courage). Hey, I'm glad that an African American and a woman can get a fair shake anywhere, but Jeez, Clinton and Obama aren't exactly challenging the status quo of our military-corporate, global domination political system.
Goodwyn's story was like a dose of syrup of ipecac after the poisonous sweets of Simon. Thanks a ton.