May 20 - The G8's Conversion From Austerity to Growth; "Land Of Promise: An Economic History of the United States"; Protecting Whistleblowers Who Commit the Truth

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We begin with the G8 summit at Camp David and the announcement that the focus in Europe is now shifting away from austerity to growth. Thomas Ferguson joins us. He is a member of the advisory board of George Soros’s Institute for New Economic Thinking and we discuss Angela Merkel’s apparent conversion in the face of a looming Greek default and the insolvency of Spain’s banks.

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Then the Policy Director of the New America Foundation’s Economic Growth Program, Michael Lind joins us. He is the author of a new book “Land Of Promise: An Economic History of the United States”. We discuss the economic future of a country that became an industrial, financial and military colossus but is now struggling to emerge from the Great Recession and could either become more of a plutocracy or rediscover its democracy.

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Then finally we look into efforts underway to save the whistleblower. Tom Devine, the author of “The Whistleblowers Survival Guide – A Handbook for Committing the Truth” and the Legal Director of the Government Accountability Project joins us.  And also joining us is Marcel Reid, the former President of ACORN in Washington DC, she is one of the organizers of a conference that starts on Monday in the U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Room “Whistleblower Conference on Civil and Human Rights”.

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