Brian Montopoli


Radio Free D.C.

But that doesn’t mean no one’s listening. Federal News Radio (available online at federalnewsradio.com) is a three-and-a-half-year-old venture grandly billed as “the world’s first Internet only all-news radio station and Web site covering world and national news with a particular focus on the Federal Government.” Federal News Radio’s sister station WTOP rebroadcasts some of FNR’s… Read more »

Schlep to Judgment

In May, however, Democrats got some political cover: The families of those killed in the attacks began a push for an independent commission with a much wider scope than the Senate inquiry. “We thought the investigation into our husbands’ deaths would be a no-brainer,” says Kristen Breitweiser, one of a group of New Jersey widows… Read more »

Fair Play

So begins The Devil in the White City, Larson’s sprawling account of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, which has largely faded from the popular imagination despite its tremendous cultural, social, and architectural impact on turn-of-the-century America. For its time, the fair was impossibly grand, the biggest American event since the Civil War; it would introduce… Read more »

All Things Considerate

As it turned out, I couldn’t quite manage The Voice–the hosting gig went to someone else–but I quickly realized that if I wanted anything to do with NPR, I’d need to figure it out pretty quick. NPR’s ascendancy has been striking–“Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” its drivetime shows, are the second and third most… Read more »

All Things Considerate

As it turned out, I couldn’t quite manage The Voice–the hosting gig went to someone else–but I quickly realized that if I wanted anything to do with NPR, I’d need to figure it out pretty quick. NPR’s ascendancy has been striking–“Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” its drivetime shows, are the second and third most… Read more »