Is What Anne Korin Said True?

Damon Cassell
Mon Aug 11 08:43:06 EDT 2008

There are cars sold in the US in the last 10 years that had no radio
at all, just an empty slot in the dash where the radio would normally
be. This includes certain models of the Acura Integra, Subaru Impreza
and I believe the Mitsubishi Lancer (Evo). This is common when
manufacturers build high performance versions of cars that might see
club racing, but are still street legal and sold off dealer lots.


On Sat, Aug 9, 2008 at 4:24 PM, Laurence Glavin <> wrote:
> A few days ago I was watching an energy expert named Anne Korin speak on
> C-Span.  She is an advocate of requiring all autos sold in the U.S. to
> be flex-fuel vehicles.  This would require government regulation, but
> she also advocates a libertarian-oriented point-of-view otherwise.  So
> she mentioned that it's ok for the government to require that all
> autos have seat belts, air bags, and FM radios.  The audience seemed
> amused by this, so she repeated that yes, the Feds require FM radios in
> cars for national security reasons.  If the government does in fact
> require radios in cars for that reason, I would have instinctively assumed
> that the bare minimum requirement would be for an AM tuner because we've
> had a decades-long infrastructure allowing very powerful transmitters for
> this purpose, and for all its faults, AM offers long-wave ground propagation
> as well as nighttime skywave.  So I was wondering if there's a chapter-and-verse
> stating this.  Here's a Youtube URL containing this statement:  it's about
> seven minutes in.

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