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Just in time for the presidential campaign, Tom Brokaw gives us more to think about. One of our most trusted and admired broadcast journalists, Brokaw insists that we as a country reignite our national dialog in order to really recapture our ideals.
Tom Brokaw’s new book, The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America, sets forth a series of questions and discussion points about our relationship to our communities and to our country. His writing is so conversational, it seems as if he is actually speaking out loud to us. He’s speaking to us alright, and he’s telling us that even though the American Dream seems lost to us, it’s time to reflect on finding our way back to its possibilities and promises. Brokaw breaks down his conversation into crucial questions about the way we live: Can we be satisfied with less? Can’t we as individuals do more for our communities? What is the meaning of higher education on a global level, and what does it mean financially for the elite as well as for the non-elite? What is the real meaning of “friend”? Tom Brokaw is one of the most optimistic and hopeful thinkers we’ve read in a long time. We need to pay attention, and we need our candidates to pay attention as well. He has started a conversation with us and we need to keep it going– within our own small communities and with those in the national arena.
Marty Kaplan pays attention to just about everything. He’s worked in politics, in government, in entertainment and in education. He’s worked in the trenches as a studio executive, and wrote speeches for Vice President Mondale on Pennsylvania Avenue. He is a scholar and a journalist and currently serves as the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC. You’ve read him in The Jewish Journal, heard him all over NPR, and the reason is simple: he pays attention to everything.