November 15 - Evicted But Not Vanquished; How Lawmakers Enrich Themselves; "The Unmaking of Israel"

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Part 1

We begin with the eviction of the Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park and speak with the anti-corporatist activist Reverend Billy who is near the scene of the police invasion and gives us an update on local reactions and the next move for the occupy movement. Although the New York Mayor has favorable ratings among liberals, several months ago in an interview with me, the Reverend Billy accused Michael Bloomberg of being hostile to the First Amendment. Rev Billy


Part 2

Then we speak with the author of a study of investments made by Congressmen and Senators that indicates lawmakers benefit from rules that they wrote to exempt themselves from insider trading laws. Alan Ziobrowski, a professor of Business at Georgia State University joins us to explain how U.S. Senators beat the market by 12 percentage points annually and House members beat out the average investor by six percent due to their unique access to privileged information. ziobrowski


Part 3

Then finally Gershom Gorenberg joins us in the studio. He is an Israel historian and the author of a new book “The Unmaking of Israel” which argues for choices Israel must make now, to ensure a successful democracy and avoid being a failed state. Arguing for changes that are not only possible, but are essential, to start remaking Israel. Gershom Gorenberg is a senior correspondent with The American Prospect and blogs at gorenberg
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