The best thing about the rise of liberal talk radio is the national forum it provides for voices outside of the tired Mort Kondracke-Eleanor Clift-Howard Fineman circle of D.C. insider talking heads.

Two recent examples from the Alan Colmes Radio Show were Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos and last night's guest, Middle East history professor and blogger Juan Cole.

I've attached a 23-minute podcast covering Cole's interview, which focused on the July 7 London terror attacks and the possibility the U.S. might have compromised an investigation of this plot by announcing the arrest of an Al Qaeda suspect in August 2004.

The high point was his reaction to a caller questioning his patriotism, which the normally even-temperated Cole took a lot more personally than I expected.

-- Rogers Cadenhead

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