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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld On Known And Unknown

Donald Rumsfeld has served as both the youngest and oldest Secretary of Defense.  While many may not remember much of his first stint at the post, his second go at the job, for better or worse, secured his place in history.PROGRAM NOTE: The first audio file above contains the program as aired on 89.3FM.  The second audio file contains raw audio from the Truman Library event, including speaker introductions, protests, a medical emergency, and audience Q&A.

Tuesday on Up to Date, we broadcast Steve Kraske's conversation with Secretary Rumsfeld recorded during his recent visit to the Truman Library

Through the lens of hindsight, we review the decisions made by President George W. Bush and those of the Secretary in the days and years following 9-11.  We ask Rumsfeld about the President’s unilateral decision to invade Iraq, his decision to scale down the number of troops, and his thoughts on interrogation techniques.

The 11 a.m. broadcast is an edited version of Friday's program.


Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.