Tonight with Sam Smyth
Leo Varadkar, FG TD Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar
John McGuinness, FF TD Carlow Kilkenny News | JOHN McGUINNESS T.D.
Margaret E. Ward, Financial journalist Strong Language | Margaret E. Ward's Blog
Pete Hamill, American journalist Pete Hamill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
1 One of the most powerful committees in the Oireachtas - the Committee of Public Accounts - has recommended that there should be a bank inquiry to compel witnesses to attend and give evidence. This is the Committee that ensures that there is accountability and transparency on how public money is spent and that we receive value for money.
2 The Government through the NTMA raised €500 million in a debt auction today, in its first sale of Treasury bills since before the State sought a bailout. The auction met its target, and had a yield of 1.8% and a bid to cover ratio of 2.8.
Should be a good interesting discussion tonight. The third night this week that there’s been a Minister on the show. [Poor Pascal he’s been given a bit of the bum’s rush]. Looking forward to a lively debate with plenty of opinions expressed. Yes, could be one of the better ones tonight …
Public Accounts, Houses of the Oireachtas
State raises €500m in markets - The Irish Times - Thu, Jul 05, 2012
Yippee - We are back to the bond markets
Nora Ephron (1941-2012)
At the end of last night’s show Sam said: 'we managed to get a very famous writer in for tomorrow night’s show … Pete Hamill who will be talking about Nora Ephron' [thanks Max99] … Wha? Neither of these names meant anything at all to me.
Pete Hamill is an American journalist, novelist, essayist, editor and educator [see link above] and I understand was an occasional contributor to Sam‘s radio show. But who is Nora Ephron and why spend a show talking about her?
Nora Ephron who died recently on 26/6/2012 was a journalist and author and became one of Hollywood’s finest makers of romantic comedies: Heartburn, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail.
Ephron also gained her first Oscar for best screenplay for the real-life inspired film about Karen Silkwood, who died in suspicious circumstances while trying to uncover wrongdoing at the plutonium plant in which she worked
Her link to politics is that she married Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein, who along with colleague Bob Woodward uncovered the Watergate political scandal.
Since Sam made a big deal of this, no doubt we’ll get a 5-minute spot on this somewhere in the show.For many years, Ephron claimed to be among only a handful of people who knew the identity of Deep Throat, the source for news articles written by her husband Carl Bernstein during the Watergate scandal. Ephron claims to have guessed the identity of Deep Throat through clues left by Bernstein. Among them was the fact that Bernstein referred to the source as "My Friend", the same initials as Mark Felt, whom some (correctly) suspected to be Bernstein's source.
Ephron's marriage with Bernstein ended acrimoniously, and Ephron was not secretive about the identity of Deep Throat. She told her son Jacob and has said that she told anyone who asked. "I would give speeches to 500 people and someone would say, 'Do you know who Deep Throat is?' And I would say, 'It's Mark Felt.'"
Nora Ephron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
BBC News - Obituary: Nora Ephron
BBC - Search results for Nora Ephron
Watergate scandal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Deep Throat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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