NEWSWEEK MEDIA LEAD SHEET/MARCH 27, 2006 ISSUE (on newsstands Monday, March 20)

Mar 19, 2006, 00:00 ET from Newsweek

    COVER: "Freud Is Not Dead"  (p. 42). Without Freud, Woody Allen would be a
 schnook and Tony Soprano a thug; there would be an Oedipus but no Oedipus
 complex, reports Senior Editor Jerry Adler. On the occasion of his 150th
 birthday, Adler takes a look at Sigmund Freud-his life and legacy-and examines
 how his discoveries and teachings are still put into practice today.
     "INTERVIEW: Biology of the Mind" (p. 47). Dr. Eric Kandel, a Columbia
 professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute senior investigator, who earned
 a Nobel Prize for his work on learning and memory, speaks with Senior Writer
 Claudia Kalb on his early passion-psychoanalysis and Freud.
     "The Therapist as Scientist" (p. 50). Claudia Kalb paints a picture of
 Freud as a hard-core scientist whose ideas are finding their way into the lab
 today.  Researchers  are  tapping  into  the  chemistry  of  the  unconscious,
 exploring the theory of repression, and even testing ways to block traumatic
 memories. What they are finding does not necessarily prove Freud right or
 wrong,  but  after  decades  of  polarization  between  neuroscience  and
 psychoanalysis, the two fields are beginning to find common ground, writes
     IRAQ: "Iraq's Real WMD" (p. 24). National Security Correspondent John
 Barry, Special Correspondent Michael Hastings and Assistant Managing Editor
 Evan Thomas report that IEDs (improvised explosive devices) are crippling
 American soldiers in Iraq. Three years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, the
 military still has not figured out how to overcome the threat used by
 insurgents. Former administration officials blame the military bureaucracy and
 military officials blame a civilian leadership that failed to grasp
 operational challenges.
     "Talking Trash" (p. 28). Chief Foreign Correspondent Rod Nordland reports
 on Saddam Hussein's trial-which in five months of proceedings has managed only
 17 actual court days. One thing is certain-once a verdict is rendered by the
 five-judge panel, "if any defendant were sentenced to any penalty, no matter
 whether it were the death penalty or imprisonment, that penalty should be
 executed within 30 days of the court's verdict," chief prosecutor Jafar al
 Musawi told Newsweek. Although there would be an automatic appeal of a death
 sentence to the court of cassation, that court has no backlog of cases, Musawi
 says, and an appeal "would only take days."
     FAREED ZAKARIA: "Appalling-But Not Hopeless" (p. 31). Iraq turned out to
 be a playground for all kinds of ideological certainties that the Bush
 administration had. It also became a playground for a series of all-consuming
 turf wars and policy battles between various departments and policymakers in
 the administration. A good part of the chaos and confusion in Washington has
 abated; the chaos in Iraq has proved much harder to reverse. It is much easier
 to undo a longstanding social and political order than it is to put it back
 together again, writes Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria.
     POLITICS: "Is Anyone Listening?" (p. 32). Senior White House Correspondent
 Richard Wolffe and White House Correspondent Holly Bailey report that for five
 years nobody needed to blare the word "united" at Republicans; it was their
 biggest strength. But now that strategy has fallen apart. Members of Congress,
 tired of being taken for granted by an overbearing White House, have lost
 faith in the president's political touch. And the stress is starting to show.
 Republicans are beginning to look and sound like their own caricature of the
 Democrats: disorganized, off message and unsure of their identity.
     "Digging for Dirt in Dixie" (p. 36). General Editor Jonathan Darman
 reports that Harold Ford Jr.'s bid for a Senate seat from Tennessee sounds
 like a long shot. First there's the party issue: The Democratic congressman is
 running in a state that George W. Bush carried by 14 points in 2004. Then
 there's the race issue: Ford wants to be the first black senator from the
 South since Reconstruction. And don't forget family: Ford's uncle and aunt,
 both veteran Tennessee pols, are fighting, respectively, charges of bribery
 and election fraud.
     JONATHAN ALTER: "The Democrats' Disciplinarian" (p. 37). Rahm Emanuel, the
 former Clinton White House enforcer is not a great spokesman for the party.
 But he thrives as an inside player, in touch with old-style operatives and the
 party's Internet vanguard. As chairman of the Democratic Congressional
 Campaign Committee, 'Rahmbo' is essentially managing 40 House races from a war
 room a few blocks from the Capitol, helping with candidate recruitment, fund-
 raising and "rapid response." Emanuel pulls it all off with a mixture of
 profanity and horse sense that gives Democrats the feeling they might not blow
 it this time, writes Senior Editor and Columnist Jonathan Alter.
     NATIONAL AFFAIRS: "The Katrina Cavalry" (p. 38). National Correspondent
 Allison Samuels reports on the students who spent their spring break helping
 people whose lives have been upended by Hurricane Katrina. "There was no way
 to enjoy the things we normally could," college student Wesli Spencer tells
 Newsweek, "knowing so many people who looked like us had suffered so much and
 were still suffering with no end in sight."
     CRIME: "Streetwalker Stalker" (p. 39). Special Correspondent Catharine
 Skipp and Miami Bureau Chief Arian Campo-Flores report on Daytona Beach, Fla.
 where authorities are pursuing the "Streetwalker Stalker," as some have dubbed
 him, allegedly responsible for the murder of three women-all of whom led
 "high-risk lifestyles", in the past three months. In the meantime, some
 hookers are arming themselves, and a few have even vowed to hunt down the
 murderer themselves.
     BUSINESS: "GM's Game of Bumpercars" (p. 40). Detroit Bureau Chief Keith
 Naughton reports that Jerry York, elected to General Motors' board last month,
 can't be ignored. Relentless and impatient, York is now at the center of GM's
 struggle for survival. And he's got his work cut out for him: GM's 2005 losses
 were $2 billion worse than originally reported and now total $10.6 billion.
 This year is looking pretty grim, too: GM's share of the U.S. auto market has
 sunk to its lowest level since the roaring '20s.
     FASHION: "Jeans Rising" (p. 52). The denim tide is rising again. General
 Editor Peg Tyre reports on a new cut of jeans, called mid-rise, which ends
 about two fingers below the navel. Stores around the country have begun
 stocking this new style of jeans, and the gap between the bellybutton and the
 belt is shrinking at last.
     HEALTH: "Perchance To ...  Eat?" (p. 54). Associate Editor Jennifer
 Barrett and Correspondent Anne Underwood report that the makers of America's
 most popular sleep drug, Ambien, may have been tossing and turning a bit more
 recently. There's little doubt the drug is effective, but some patients are
 now wondering how safe it really is-the sleep aid has come under scrutiny amid
 reports of users eating, driving and even shoplifting in their sleep.
     ENTERTAINMENT: "Sharon Stone Strikes Again" (p. 56). It's been 14 years
 since "Basic Instinct" riveted the world with its unabashed voyeurism, its
 lethal bisexuals and its ice pick. The movie rescued Sharon Stone from a
 career of forgettable babe roles, and turned her, overnight, into a sexual
 icon and international star, reports Senior Writer Sean Smith, who talks to
 Stone about the upcoming sequel, dating and her experiences with Basic
     THE TIP SHEET: "Something To Sneeze At" (p. 65). Across the nation, 40
 million drippy noses are suffering from allergies. Tip Sheet's Joan Raymond
 takes a look at new strategies to fight them off.

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