Radio, Sept. 4: Katrina, Rehnquist, and more

Since Backbone Radio is programmed well in advance, our Sept.4 show didn't initially reckon with the New Orleans disaster after Katrina, or the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist yesterday. But today's show will make time for those big stories, along with the other topics outlined in my radio email earlier. Here's what the email said: Just as con is the opposite of pro, said Will Rogers, it often seems Congress is the opposite of progress. Is it possible to have both? We'll find out next week, when Speaker Hastert and Majority Leader Frist call the unruly U.S. House and Senate back into session after the summer recess.

Confirmation hearings will begin on President Bush's nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court. A vote is promised on permanent elimination of the death tax. Debates on the war against Islamofascism will intensify, as 9/11 is observed and members pass along what they heard at home during recess.

We'll cover all these subjects, and more, on "Backbone Radio with John Andrews," Sunday evening from 5-8pm. Please listen on the air throughout Colorado at 710 KNUS, or online from anywhere at Get in the discussion by calling 303-696-1971, or by email at

Here's the lineup for our Sept. 4 show...

* Law professor John Eastman -- you know him from the Hugh Hewitt Show -- will update us on the Roberts confirmation fight, the significance of Rehnquist's death, and the broader battle for constitutional jurisprudence.

* Dick Patten of the American Family Business Institute will be my guest to explain what's at stake in killing the death tax.

* Claremont Institute President Brian Kennedy, a regular on the program, will join us to discuss the war as it enters its fifth year. Should America be doing more? Brian never pulls his punches.

* Andy McKean, organizer of the nationwide Liberty Day movement, returns to our studio with a report on the upcoming, congressionally mandated observance in all public schools to remember the adoption of the US Constitution -- Friday, Sept. 16.

* David Crater checks in from Colorado Springs to preview the 2nd Annual Conference on Colorado Conservatism, hosted by the Wilberforce Center next Saturday the 10th.

Liven up your Sunday evening with some backbone -- the most principled, most patriotic, most faith-based, most Colorado-proud conversation on the weekend radio dial.

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When: September 4 and every Sunday, 5-8pm MDT / 7 Eastern / 4 Pacific Where: 710-KNUS in Denver Listen on the web: Studio line: 303-696-1971 Direct email:

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