In America today, SWAT teams violently break into private homes more than one hundred times a day, and armored vehicles designed for battlefields are common in police department fleets. These are just two examples Huffington Post investigative reporter Radley Balko gives to make his case that this country’s police forces are becoming more and more militarized. His new book is titled Rise of the Warrior Cop.
Then, listening to musician Pokey Lafarge is a little like stepping back in time. With slicked back hair and a natty pin stripped suit, Lafarge and his band play a blend of old timey blues, ragtime and Americana roots music—all of it written in the last 10 years. Lafarge and his band mates join Bob in our performance studio to play and discuss their latest album, Pokey Lafarge. [Broadcast Date: August 6, 2013]