Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered

Season 1 Episode 19

Suicide Missions, Baseball, & Political Satire

Aired Friday 9:30 PM Oct 22, 2004 on PBS
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Suicide Missions, Baseball, & Political Satire
A group of American reservists refuse to go on what they perceived to be a suicide mission in Iraq. Dereliction of duty, or honorable dissent? The war in Iraq is the top issue in the Presidential campaign and both sides have deployed retired generals to make their case. Polls show that military voters overwhelmingly support President Bush. Whatever happened to the apolitical soldier? Tucker interviews James Webb, author, Vietnam veteran and former Secretary of the Navy.

If there's a team that's been more unlucky than the Boston Red Sox, it is the Chicago Cubs. And NPR's Scott Simon has been among the Cubs's most loyal, if long suffering, fans. Who better, then, to explain to the decidedly sports-challenged Tucker why baseball isn't only the American pastime, but the closest the country has to a state religion.

Political satire comes in many forms, but among the best is Harry Shearer, whose voice millions of Americans have heard on The Simpsons. Who would Montgomery Burns vote for? Is Springfield in a blue or red state? Shearer joins Tucker to discuss politics, satire, and Dick Cheney's fist.moreless

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