Newstalgia Reference Room - An Iran-Contra Primer.

Newstalgia Reference Room with a 1987 NPR Special Program on the Iran-Contra Affair, hosted by Cokie Roberts and featuring Daniel Schorr discussing the scandal and its beginnings and the Oliver North testimony - first broadcast on July 1987. Also featuring a KCRW interview with Congressman Newt Gingrich on his impressions of the scandal.

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Since this November marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the beginning of the Iran-Contra Scandal, I ran across this special produced by NPR on the occasion of the opening days testimony of Col. Oliver North, the man alleged to have been at the center of the Iran-Contra scandal from July 1987.

Hosted by Cokie Roberts and featuring veteran newsman Daniel Schorr, they outline the circumstances and events that led up to this moment in the hearings.

Since time and facts get fuzzy, I thought it would be a good idea to run this piece as a sort of refresher course in the scandal and the players involved.

At the end of the NPR piece is an interview conducted by KCRW's Ruth Seymour with none other than Newt Gingrich, himself an outspoken supporter of covert operations and doing-what-needs-to-be-done.

Considering he is the man who would like to be President next year, a glimpse of him twenty-five years ago might not be such a bad thing. Not that he's changed so dramatically over the years. But you get the idea of where he would like our current state of government headed, even in 1986.

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