As French President Sarkozy struggles with government scandals, economic reform, and questions about human rights, commentator Mike Martin wonders if he’s trying to distract voters from tougher challenges – and whether we might have a similar problem here.
All this week, we’re hearing selections from a brunch featuring VPR commentators. They wrote on the theme of, "If Only I Had Known!" Mike Martin, a high school teacher in Hinesburg, questions whether our electronic gadgets are all they’re cracked up to be.
This weekend marked the100th anniversary of the birth of Django Reinhardt, the legendary gypsy guitarist, and Commentator Mike Martin has been thinking about why musicians are still in love with Django’s music.
Last Friday, many people around the country participated in the second annual National Day of Listening – an event that reminded commentator Mike Martin of a story often told by his wife’s family in France.
This week during Morning Edition, VPR Commentator Mike Martin introduces us to Samuel de Champlain in the series "Through the Eyes of Champlain". On Friday he offers a brief glimpse of the man himself and the image most people associate with him.
All this week, as part of VPR’s special Champlain 400 programming, commentator Mike Martin has been looking at the New World through the "Eyes of Champlain." Today, he offers a brief glimpse of the man himself.
This week, as part of VPR’s special Champlain 400 programming, commentator Mike Martin is looking through the "Eyes of Champlain." Today, he considers Champlain’s attitudes about torture and the humane treatment of prisoners.