The Advocates- With Robert Schlesinger 8-6-08


“The Advocates”


Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

August 6, 2008

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting “The Advocates” on WVOX- 1460 AM, or you can listen to the program’s live streaming at  One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio.  Our show is about the book, White Ghost Writers: Presidents and their Speechwriters, with the distinguished author and journalist Robert Schlesinger.


Mr. Robert Schlesinger, a U.S.News and World Report deputy editor, oversees all opinion editorial content.  Spearheading the opinion section of, Schlesinger solicits op-eds from writers and bloggers nationwide. Schlesinger came to U.S.News & World Report as a freelancer and blogger for a variety of publications, including,, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times Magazine. His work has also appeared in The Washington Monthly, the Weekly Standard, People, Campaigns & Elections, Washington DC Style, DC Magazine, the Washington Examiner, the Boston Globe Magazine, George, and the AARP Bulletin


Prior to joining U.S. News, Schlesinger covered national security and public policy issues for the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau. He previously served as chief congressional correspondent at, political editor at The Hill newspaper, and researched advisers to presidential candidates at the Center for Public Integrity, co-writing “Under the Influence,” a 1996 report on presidential campaign advisers.  He is also co-founder and co-contributor of the blog, RobertEmmet, which covers topics from national security to entertainment and culture. He teaches political journalism at the Boston University Washington Journalism Center. He lives with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia. A New York City native, he graduated from Middlebury College in 1994.


Our show will attempt to explore these questions:


·        How important are speechwriters to a president?

·        Who was the first presidential speechwriter

·        Who were the best writers among the presidents?

·        What was it like being the son of Arthur Schlesinger Jr as a father?

·        What made FDR’s team of writers special?


Meanwhile, the mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow. Over the years, the “public policy” of the United States has changed or has been modified greatly. As an example, “free public education” is the public policy of the United States. Also, over time great struggles have ensued over the control of the direction of “public policy” For example: free trade vs. protectionism, slavery vs. emancipation, state’s rights vs. Federalism, and an all-volunteer armed forces or the “draft.”


The Program is sponsored by the Green Briar Adult Home, in Millbrook, Dutchess County, NY. One can find my essays on FDR and other subjects at and one can also see and hear all of the archived shows at:  Next week we will be discussing FDR’s health with Dr. HS Goldsmith, author of the book, Conspiracy of Silence, The Sickness and death of FDR.


Richard J. Garfunkel 







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