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Kurt F. Stone
Hollywood, California
I am an ordained rabbi who spends most of his time as a writer and college lecturer, teaching courses in political science, American history and cinema. I have published two massive histories of the United States Congress which can be found in just about every library in America. For the past 20 years I have also worked as a medical ethicist; first for the Cleveland Clinic Florida and currently for Schulman Associates IRB.
Interests: dashiell hammett, antiques, silent movies, raymond chandler and the los angeles dodgers.
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Audio Link to "Amateur Hour" It perhaps should come as no surprise that Orson Welles' Citizen Kane is Donald Trump's favorite movie of all time. And for good reason: like Trump, Kane started life with a vast inheritance; like Kane,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Perhaps It's Time to (re)Party" From our earliest days, the American political system has been both burdened with and challenged by a dynamic tension. Much of this tension was - and still is - between those who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Mr. Trump: Meet Scylla and Charybdis" This week's blog is not going to be a postmortem of November 8. Goodness knows there have already been hundreds - if not thousands of them - written by people who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Twelve Hours and Counting" In about 12 hours, polls in Hawaii will be closing, thus hopefully bringing the longest, most vicious, least civil presidential election in American history to an end. I for one am glad to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Of Politics, Pauses and Penguins" Yesterday, one of my "All Politics All the Time" students at Florida International University emailed me a link to a New York Times article by Lesley Alderman entitled "Talking to Your Therapist... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "There's Going to Be a Morning After" 16 days and counting until Election Day. What is - or truly should be - of greater concern than November 8 is the next day, Wednesday November 9. For as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Donald Trump & the Rise of the Idiotarians With just a little over three weeks left until the election, it is crystal clear to any and everyone with a clear eye and a grasp on reality that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Awaiting Matthew" As I compose this piece, the sky is beginning to darken and the wind is picking up. Hurricane Matthew is inexorably building and getting ever closer to South Florida. Precisely where it makes landfall and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Download Audio Link to "Cramming for the First Presidential Debate" As I write this piece, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both likely tucked away with staff and advisors somewhere, preparing for the first presidential debate, which begins in less... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor . . . " Without question, the vast majority of readers of The K.F. Stone Weekly are either the children of, grandchildren of - occasionally the great grandchildren of or, like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Calendric Hall of Fame" Depending on one's passion, ethnicity, nationality or field - assuming they possess one - certain calendric years crackle with thunder and lightning where the overwhelming majority barely twinkle with weak starlight. For... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio link to "Sundowning?" Over the past week, the national media has aimed a laser pointer at two seemingly non-related issues concerning Donald Trump: first, the rather bizarre December 2015 letter written by his long-time gastroenterologist Dr. Harold Bornstein, attesting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Got Chutzpah One of the chief joys - and supreme challenges - of writing a weekly blog devoted mostly to progressive politics, is going through the various comments sent in by readers. I must admit that for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Taking the Time to Interview Our Brains" Annie and I just returned from several days up in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, where I gave a series of lectures at the Wildacres Conference Center and Retreat. We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Israel, the Middle East and the 2016 Election" Precisely 100 years ago – in the election of 1916 - Jewish voters, for the first time in American history, cast a majority of their votes for the Democratic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "ISIS 101" An introductory note: In a few days Anna I will be traveling out of state where I will be delivering several lectures in a bucolic mountain setting. In order to make best use of my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "We Can All Trust Donald Trump . . . Really!" If we all had a quarter for every time the words "trust" or "likeable" were used with regards to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in but a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Whatever Became of America?" As of this coming Thursday the candidates for POTUS and VPOTUS will be cast in concrete: Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kane. The Republican National Convention concluded this past Thursday; the Democrats begin their confab tomorrow,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "A Challenge to All Those Considering Voting for Donald Trump" I was originally intending to entitle this piece "A Challenge to All Potential Trump Supporters Who Can Read Above a Third-Grade Level." After giving the matter some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Remembering Abner Mikva" Abner Mikva - former Congressman, federal judge and Counsel to President Bill Clinton - passed away the other day. He was 90 years young, and one of the few people in American history to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to A Brief Interview With Adams and Jefferson on the Fourth of July An introductory note: Today, the Fourth of July, is the nation's 240 birthday. On this day, in 1776, the Declaration of Independence - next to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Brexit+Frexit+Texit = Ipse Dixit" Gawd, what a week: The Trump for President campaign filed a financial report which was "highly disappointing" at best, "utterly disastrous" at worst. It showed that the Trump campaign hasn’t raised nearly enough... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Speaking of . . . speaking In order to get as clear a picture of the 2016 presidential race as possible, let's spend a bit of time speaking about . . . well, speaking. For despite the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Taking a Tip From Tevye's Rebbe" Up until about 48 hours ago, few - outside of diehard conservatives and political nerds - had ever heard of Georgia's junior senator, David Perdue. But all that changed when Perdue,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Out of the Mouths of Babes, Boobs and Donald Trump" There's no getting around it: this past week was one of Donald Trump's worst. For this was the week that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly