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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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Tuesday
Jun132006

Jack Appears on MSNBC with Alison Stewart

Jack Appears today on MSNBC with Alison Stewart's The Most to discuss President Bush's surprize trip to Iraq and how security must protect him in a warzone.
Saturday
Jun102006

The United Nations Radio Day. One I Shall Never Forget

I arrive early at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to broadcast my radio show from the bowels of this building on the East River. I love the idea from the very beginning. To bring my listeners into this place so they can hear these officials discuss their efforts regarding Iran, Darfur, East Timor, the whole world. I bring my Marantz Flash Recorder and microphone and I have questions.

Does the UN have a role and what should that role be? And is the UN up to the challenge? What about successes? Some politicians and pundits have used the United Nations as a convenient political punching bag. Is the criticism justified? These are all questions that I want to explore when Michael Harrison and Talkers Magazine invite me to participate in United Nations Radio Day.

But, like so many plans, events often drive themselves. The story breaks that the Americans have killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq. Of course, this story drives the day.

What is the UN response? Will this mean increased UN involvement in Iraq? What comes next? I need answers and push. I leave the studio in the basement and move toward the Security Council. There, I learn that Kofi Annan, the Secretary General, may make an appearance.

As I stand and wait, I catch my first glance of the man. He is not big. He is not imposing. But I must admit that there is something compelling about him. Maybe it is his earnestness. I’m not sure. It makes me lean in. I cab almost touch him. I reach forward with my microphone in hand to try and catch his words, to get my own question in about possible UN humanitarian efforts in Iraq after the death of the Al Qaida leader. And Annon delivers.

Annon discusses Iraq but also mentions Sudan, Iran, East Timor and many of the other hot spots where the UN is currently working to bring peace and stability. I get it all!

As my show goes live, I interview UN officials from around the world. Their idealism is obvious. There desire to “do good” seems infectious. And yet, it does seem tempered with the reality that trying to work in a hostile world is not simple. And that success does not come easy.

I ask about motivation. About how one continues to try even when success seems dubious, i.e. Rwanda, East Timor, Congo, Sudan, Kosovo, and the answers I receive surprise me. “Simple,” one officer says, “we continue because for some, failure means death.” That is certainly a motivation. And to make it harder, the UN has no standing army and no real way to compel membership payments. In the past, Kofi Annon himself has compared the UN to a volunteer fire department without the truck or the money to gas it up.

The men and women of the organization understand that the rights of the individual are easily disregarded and that people are often ignored because they are politically or militarily inconvenient. Focusing upon the individual is one of the UN’s primary roles. And these humanitarian missions around the world are often what they do best. And I have seen the true cost of war throughout the world, most recently in Iraq, Israel and Palestine and in Kosovo.

The UN Radio Day concludes for me after a three hour broadcast. And I want more. Oh sure, I’m lucky and I even get a couple of words from the Secretary General. Actually, I’m thrilled. The UN has stepped up and provided experts in everything from humanitarian efforts to counter-terrorism. They highlight their successes and acknowledge their failures and their desire for reform.

By the end of the broadcast, it seems that what all my guests agree upon is the need to make the UN viable. To make it responsive. To make it effective.

What also seems clear is that without a working UN, the United States will be even more isolated and even more required to carry the ball alone. And nobody, not even the politicians and pundits who like to think of the UN as a Pinata on the East River, want that!
Friday
Jun092006

Live Broadcast from the United Nations Headquarters

It seems to me that nobody wants to get excited anymore. Maybe it rests upon the theory that only the unsophisticated get pumped up over things. Well, maybe that is true, I don't know. But what I do know is that today at the United Nations Headquarters was absolutely incredible.
It was early in the day and I decided to wander around. I walked up to the second floor near the Security Council and it was clear that something was going on. A couple of UN reporters were preparing for something so I asked what was going on. One of the guys told me that General Secretary Kofi Annan was expected in a matter of minutes and that he was expected to make a short statements and to answer a few questions. Well, how could I pass this up? After all, the SG was going to be within arm's reach of me. And as I alluded to above, I was excited. Unsophisticated, maybe but excited.
This was how the day at the UN Headquarters started to rev up for me before my live broadcast.
Tuesday
Jun062006

The United Nations - Can It Still Do the Job? An On-Going Series.

Jack leaves for United Nations Headqaurters tomorrow. The UN is the cernterpoint of the non-proliferation treaty with the Iranians, the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and is working in more than 14 other countries around the world.

Today, as part of our on-going series involving the UN, Jack will speak with Linda Fasulo, a UN correspondent for NBC, MSNBC and longtime contributor to National Public Radio. We will also discuss Linda's book, An Insider's Guide to the UN.

We figured the best preparation for Jack's visit is to establish a primer for the UN. Thus, today, we will look at history and organization as well as challenges. We will focus in on the Security Council, the General Assembly, the IAEA and other organizations of high profile at the UN Headquarters.
Tuesday
Jun062006

Join Jack as He Continues His On-Going Series on Religion with JC Hallman.


Over the last year, we have looked at religion, both mainstream and, well, strange in this country. Today, we will take a walk on the wild side with J.C. Hallman as he travels the country looking at, well, strange religious practices in his book, Devil is a Gentleman.
Do we best understand ourselves based upon the mainstream or based upon our tolerance for our extremes? we'll find out today with a conversation with JC Hallman!
Monday
Jun052006

The Woman Who Heckled the Chinese Leader Hu Jintao as He Stood Next to President Bush on the White House Lawn Joins the Program


Monday
Jun052006

Imagine Your Child Traveling Thousands of Miles Alone to Get to You.

It is estimated that there are at least 11 million immigrants that have come into this country illegally. It is also estimated that some 700,000 more are coming every year. However, here is a statistic you may not have heard. More than 48,000 children travel to the U.S. from Mexico and Central and South America every year alone in search of the parents who came to the u.S. in search of work.

We will follow the experience of one young man, Enrique, to better understand the struggle, danger, fears of attacks from gangs, criminals dirty cops, and others, to make it to their parents.

Sonia Nazario is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who risked her own life to follow this story across three countries and 1600 miles, more than half of it on top of trains. She will join the program in the 2:00 hour to discuss Enrique's Journey, and her own.
Friday
Jun022006

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?
Thursday
Jun012006

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.
Thursday
Jun012006

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.