The Advocates with Michael A. Cohen 10-22-08

“The Advocates”


Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

October 22, 2008

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show “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 guest today is Michael A. Cohen, author of Live From the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Political Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped America.

Michael A. Cohen is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation where he co-helms the Privatization of Foreign Policy Initiative. Previously, Mr. Cohen has taught speechwriting and political rhetoric at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He also served in the U.S. Department of State as chief speechwriter for U.S. Representative to the United Nations Bill Richardson and Undersecretary of State Stuart Eizenstat. He has worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Foreign Policy magazine, and as chief speechwriter for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT).

He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University and a master’s degree from Columbia University. Mr. Cohen blogs regularly at democracy arsenal, and serves on the board of the National Security Network, which focuses on increasing grassroots involvement in foreign policy decision-making.

Mr. Cohen will address some of the following questions:

·        Why did he write this book?

·        What “campaign” speech had the greatest impact on America in the 20th Century?

·        Which president does he rank as our greatest speaker?

·        Which president had the greatest team of speechwriters?



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.”


One can find my essays on FDR and other subjects at One can also listen to all of the archived shows at: On our last show before the election, I will be hosting Doug Garr, Drew Zambelli, and AF Cook from Virginia and they will be espousing their views will on the November 4th election!


Richard J. Garfunkel

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