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photoIn 1978, Victor Navasky became editor of "The Nation." Founded in 1865, it is the oldest opinion weekly in the country and a bastion of liberal opinion. The story of his path to "The Nation" is a wonderful one. The story of his flight to keep it going is a life and death drama.

Navasky strongly believes that opinion journals like The Nation speak truth to power and encourage public discourse. Some media critics cite an overabundance of opinion in news media today but Navasky believes that mainstream media doesn't have the ability, editorial freedom or the guts to frame the debate and inform their readers.

Hear a conversation with Victor Navasky on why he believes opinion journals are the last bastion of great public discourse.

Guests:

Victor Navasky, publisher of The Nation and author of "A Matter of Opinion"

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on June 8, 2005.

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