It's the last Sunday in July. We're smack in the middle of the hot days of summer as it was 50 years ago when the fumes that had been building up for years finally ignited. The last few weeks have been filled with the oral histories of those who lived through that Summer of '67 in Detroit. But I've been curious about the story going out to the rest of the world.
This past week, it was a big red carpet premiere at the Fox Theatre for Kathryn Bigelow's new, tough, violent film, "Detroit" which hits theaters nationwide next weekend. And there was a column in the Washington Post written by a professor at U of M suggesting Detroit is making some of the same mistakes today that led to all of that trouble.The author of that column, Heather Ann Thompson, was on Flashpoint to discuss the piece.
We also talked health care today. Remember health care? It was the centerpiece on Capitol Hill this week, though it was at times difficult to see through the fog of a mind-boggling presidential address to the Boy Scouts, an assault by the president on his attorney general, military policy on the transgendered issued via Twitter, and then a vulgar attack by the new communications director on two of his White House workmates that I couldn't repeat on broadcast television.
I'm pushing all of that political foliage away to create a clearing for health care this morning. That's because as I've watched this debate play out for months, it's dawned on me that there's a voice missing from the conversation. Hardly anyone is asking doctors what they think. How would doctors cure this problem? We'll ask them this morning on Flashpoint.