October 3 - Democracy Comes to Wall Street; Denying Five Million Americans the Vote; Going Postal on the Postal Service

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We begin and talk with Jeff Madrick, who along with Nobel economist Joe Stiglitz, was asked to address the demonstrators of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement in New York’s Zuccotti Park. We learn what the demonstrators wanted to know and what Joe Stiglitz and Jeff Madrick learned from them. Jeff Madrick

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Then we discuss the national scandal and international disgrace that five million Americans are deliberately being denied the vote in 2012, due to a concerted effort by Republican State legislatures and governors who have changed the rules to suppress and deny five million of their fellow citizens the right to vote next year. Wendy Weiser, the director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, who co-authored a new study just out, “Voting Law Changes in 2012” joins us. She explains how our democracy, that is so often celebrated, is being so brazenly and shamefully manipulated. Wendy Weiser

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Then finally we speak with historical geographer Dr. Gray Brechin who is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and is trying to save America’s post offices from a manufactured crisis ginned up by free-market ideologues in Congress who want to close 2,500 post offices immediately, and plan to close 16,000 post offices by 2020, in a deliberate effort to destroy the postal service and sell off its valuable real estate in a fire sale. Gray Brechin