July 24, 2006

Who is 'Rachel Maddow'?

A sound clip of Rush Limbaugh asks that question at the beginning of the first hour of Rachel Maddow's program on Air America Radio. If you're not an early riser or you live in a time zone where Maddow is on at an ungodly early hour, you may wonder who she is, too. Simply put, she's just the sharpest and most articulate radio broadcaster that the US left has.

If you haven't heard the show, this interview with Maddow [QuickTime movie] at American Microphone gives you a good idea of why her program is one of the brightest spots in the rising genre of 'progressive' radio.

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow of Air America Radio.
[Image: American Microphone]

Toward the end of the interview, Maddow talks a lot about why Dubya and the right wing have prospered and why the left — and especially the Democrats — have failed. Her comments provide a lot of food for thought and, rather than excerpt from them here, I highly recommend listening to Maddow yourself.

The Rachel Maddow Show airs Monday through Friday from 7 to 9 am Eastern time (4 to 6 am Pacific) on Air America. You'll find the program's web page here.

American Microphone, by the way, is a new interview program put together by documentary producer Robert Mills. The program is only two weeks old, but is already going onto my must-watch list.

Thanks to The Sideshow for the pointer to the interview.

Posted by Magpie at July 24, 2006 11:04 AM | Media | Technorati links |

Maddow's on my 'must' list, but I listen to Schultz and Miller first. I wish Maddow would permit call-ins.

Posted by: Kevin Hayden at July 24, 2006 11:21 AM

Maddow is absolutely right in her analysis of the Republican advantage in image on "national security." This goes back to the Viet Nam War and the 1972 election. Since then, it has been a theme that is pounded by the Republicans every day.

Recall the 2000 election, with no military issue in sight, the Republicans still pounded Clinton/Gore, lying about selling secrets to China, lying about the combat-readiness of the Army, lying, lying lying. But they tell the same lie over and over and it is believed.

Posted by: James E. Powell at July 24, 2006 05:41 PM

I listen to Rachel Maddow. And, no, I don't even have to wait until some ungodly hour to enjoy her.

I strongly recommend subscribing to XM radio - Air America often plays repeats of all of their shows, so there's never a chance you'll miss her shows.

Same goes for the Air America website. You can podcast many of their shows there, too.

Posted by: Ginger Winchester at July 25, 2006 10:03 AM

I set my alarm for 4:am and drift in and out of sleep to hear Rachael Maddow's biting wit and clear deliniation of events and causalities. Rachael rarely rants nor allow her emotions to shape the message. Much of her delivery must be from personal script, but whether from rote or adlib, her sentences make specific points with the least words and most effective wording. Other Radio Air America hosts would be wise to imitate Rachael's delivery style. She is no broadcast diva.

Posted by: Wells at July 28, 2006 11:37 PM

This is the only AirAmerica show I'm willing to pay to listen to. And I do.

Posted by: syfr at August 3, 2006 12:50 PM