About Jack

Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer, its his most important tool.  As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated. 

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The Jack Rice Show, Friday, June 2, 2006.

Jack talks about a Minnesota State Trooper who just received his second DWI charge. While the first was more than 11 years ago, it brings up the question of "how many is too many"? What should the standard be in order to be a cop? If you break the law once? Twice? Parking tickets? Domestic Assault? Drug Use? Your thoughts.

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up the bill to permanently abolish inheritance taxes after 2010. The cost is expected to exceed $1 trillion per decade based upon the taxes not collected and the additional interest on the increased national debt. The House has already passed it. Should the Senate follow suit and should the President sign it into law? We take your calls.

In our ongoing series on the United Nations, today we will be joined today by Ambassador Colin Keating. Ambassador Keating was the New Zealand Ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 - 1996. He also chaired the Security Council during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and chaired the Council Mission on Somalia and the Council Committee on Sanctions against Iraq. What reforms have been made and are they enough to address the genocide in Darfur?

Jack Travels to UN Headquarters on June 8, 2006. On June 1st, We Will Highlight Humanitarian Intervention.

The United States seems to have this interesting, if inconsistent, view of the United Nations. For some, the UN wants to take away our national sovereignty. Therefore, we must weaken the organization. While at the same time, these same people argue that UN is incompetent because they have not power to do anything. Well, which is it?

In order to take a closer look at this issue, we have been talking with national experts in the United States and across the world. The purpose is to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the organization.

On June 1, 2006, Simon Chesterman will join the program. Simon is a former United Nations official originally from Australia. He has worked in warzones around the world including Belgrade as a UN Humanitarian Affairs Officer. His areas of speciality include humanitarian intervention and the use of force during human rights violation crises.

In our on-going series on the United Nations, our hope is to provide a sufficient base of knowledge for our listeners so that by early June, we will be prepared for what comes next.

On June 8, 2006, Jack will travel to the United Nations Headquarters to broadcast a live program. He will talk with sitting UN officials, Ambassadors, and international experts.

It will be a program that you will not want to miss.

Jack Appears on KARE11 TV

Jack appears on KARE11 tonight to talk about security and profiling in airport security. He looks at what works and what doesn't and how the intelligence community can play a role.

How Smart is Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff?

After 9/11, it became abundantly clear why both New York and Washington DC were hit by terrorists. It was obvious! They are the highest profile, attacks on both cities would receive the most coverage of any in the nation, and both are seen as representing the US government. And, of course, that has not changed. Or has it?

Starting more than 5 years ago, we started throwing money around this country to protect ourselves from this threat but found that much of it was wasted in places that really had no terrorism threat. So, when Michael Chertoff, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, came on the scene, he said that we were going to be more practical and put the money where it was most needed. And has he followed through with his oh so practical promises?

Well, today Chertoff announced that antiterrorism funding for both New York and Washington DC has been cut by more than 40% in favor of those terror hot spots like Omaha and Louisville.

I can only imagine Osama bin Laden and Al Qaida working someplace in a cave in Afghanistan as they plan for their next attacks. "Oh know. The Americans found out about our master plan to attack . . . Omaha." Come on.

Pull it together Mikey!

I feel safer already!

Yeah! I know! For more, read the link!

The Jack Rice Show, Thursday, June 1, 2006.

Jack takes your calls on the new MN statute that will allow police to keep protestors 500 feet away from funeral services. While anybody protesting as a grieving mother buries her dead son is repulsive, should the First Amendment allow for this stupidity?

Jim Lenfesty a former Star Tribune editorial writer talks about our MN educational system and what should to be done to compete in a ever growing global marketplace. If we have one of the best educational systems in the nation but are being out-hussled on an international scale, whay should we do about it?

Simon Chesterman also joins the program. Simon is a former United Nations official originally from Australia. He has worked in warzones around the world including Belgrade as a UN Humanitarian Affairs Officer. His areas of speciality include humanitarian intervention and the use of force during human rights violation crises. His appearance is part of an on-going series in preparation for Jack's live broadcast from the UN Headquarters.

The Jack Rice Show, Wednesday, May 31, 2006.

Jack opens up the phones today and takes your calls on a variety of topics: The Haditha attack which is currently being investigated seems to be leaning toward the murder of some 24 unarmed civilians including 9 children. The impact upon the Iraqi populace and our troops has yet to be determined.

A Minneapolis City Councilman has proposed an ordinance to prohibit people in alleys unless you live on the block or are guests of residents. What does this do to a community and does it really make us safer? Do we have enough police now to do the job?

A fallen soldier who was killed by an RPG in Afghanistan is laid to rest. He and his wife were practicing Wiccans. His wife wants the Wiccan pentacost five point star surrounded by a circle and the VA has refused. According to the Pentagon, 1800 members of the armed forces are self acknowledged Wiccans. Should the department of Veterans Affairs have the final say over whether a family of a fallen soldier may place a Wiccan military plaque?

Finally, Simon Schama joins the program to discuss his book Rough Crossings, Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution. It takes an interesting and controversial look at the Revolutionary War from the perspective of the slaves. More than 100,000 escaped their masters and fought for the British in hopes of earning their freedom. For some it worked out. For most, it did not.Considering the fact that the 4th of July was designed to celebrate our independence and freedom, and it specifically did not apply to slaves, why should an African Americans ever celebrate that date? Jack takes your calls. 651-989-9226 or 1-800-327-8255.

The Jack Rice Show, Tuesday, May 30, 2006.

Two gay individuals tried to enlist at the MN National Guard recruitment center today to challenge the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Should gays be allowed to serve openly in the military? If every NATO country other than Turkey allows for openly gay soliders, and we fight along side them throughout the world, then why don't we? We take your calls. 651-989-9226 or 1-800-327-8255.

Eric Shawn, Fox News Correspondent joins the program to discuss reform and the United Nations. We have been discussing this topic as part of an on-going series in preparation for the live broadcast from the United Nations Headquarters next week.

Over the coming days, more segments include the Security Council, International Cooperation, financial reform, and more.

With the recent injury of more journalists in Iraq, Scott Anderson, a 20 year war correspondent in Beirut, Sarajevo, Baghdad, Southeast Asia and South America joins the program to discuss what drives him.

Jack Continues his On-Going Series on the UN

Jack is going to be broadcasting a live show from the United Nations Headquarters on June 8, 2006. Since this has been announced, Jack has been doing an on-going series on the purpose of the United Nations, the changes that have been and continue to be made, and the successes and failures of this 50 plus year old organization.

Today, Jack is going to look at some of the failures and the need for reform. Jack will be joined by Fox News Correspondent Eric Shawn to discuss the Oil For Food Program, membership issues, and the need for reform. Eric covers these areas more fully in his book,The UN Exposed. He has been seen on everybody from Fox News to The Daily Show with John Stewart. He joins us today.
In the coming week and a half, we will be discussing the organization and are attempting to talk with former American Ambassadors to the UN, technocrats have who run the organization and former high level officials who set policy goals.

Once jack arrives at the UN headquarters, he will discuss the future of the UN with the officials who are currently working the issues. He will also be jioned by international experts looking at the future of the organization. It should be an exciting show. We hope you can join us on June 8, 2006 from noon to three.

The Jack Rice Memorial Day Show, Monday, May 29, 2006.

Jack speaks with two veterans of war, one from the Iraq war, Paul Rieckhoff, the Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and one, Col. Dick Cole, from WWII who flew with Jimmy Doolittle in the first B-25 bomber into Tokyo in 1942.

Paul Clifford Larson joins the program to discuss St. Paul's Architecture over the last 150 fifty years.

Frontline airs a two day series on The Age of AIDS. In the last 25 years, more than 70 million people have contracted the disease and more than 22 million have died of it. Even more alarming, with all that we know, more than 50 million mre people are expected to contract the disease in the next 10 years alone.

The Jack Rice Show, Friday, May 26, 2006.

Jack discusses President Bush and British Prime Minister Blair acknowledging mistakes in Iraq. And yet, the President nevee mentions his tactical errors that have cost the live of American and Iraqi citizens. How does one improve if they refuse to acknowledge their mistakes?

Joseph Dispenza talks about Opus Dei and how they practice their faith in contrast to the Opus Dei we know from Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code." Joseph is a former Catholic Monk.

Chris Mooney discusses the widening chasm between republicans and the scientific community, everything from stem cell research, the evolution and intelligent design to global warming. He also discusses his book, The Republican War on Science.

Jack takes your calls at 651-989-9226 or 1-800-327-8255.