Eight Forty-Eight 11.22.11
Eight Forty-Eight checks in with Washington-based Roll Call reporter David Drucker about reactions to the "supercommittee’s" failure to construct a bipartisan plan to reduce the national deficit. Then, Patty Murray reports for Front and Center about a ship builder in Marinette, Wisconsin. The company was recently awarded a defense contract to build 10 new ships for the U.S. Navy. But as military spending faced massive budget cuts, questions about the long-term viability of Marinette’s mini-boom remained. And Eight Forty-Eight toured an exhibition at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery that tracks the incarceration experience–from its beginning at Cook County Jail where the accused await trial on through into the maximum-security Stateville Prison where inmates serve their time. Also, Tuesday marked the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The assassination has been discussed endlessly in commissions, novels and film, but local writer Tony Trigilio takes a fresh approach – mining government documents and Lee Harvey Oswald’s diary to create poetry.