2010 Program Archive

2010 Program Archive

Background Briefing: Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tom Engelhardt is a fellow of the Nation Institute, and creator of TomDispatch.com. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Editor of The American Empire Project. He is the author of The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation , and  co-author of The World According to TomDispatch: America In The New Age of Empire. His latest book is The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's, which we are offering up for $100 donation. We are offering the entire 16-book American Empire Project package for a $1000 donation. http://bit.ly/aqEX2E


Keith Jeffery is an historian specializing in modern British, British Imperial, and Irish history. He is a Professor of British History at Queen's University, Belfast, and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He was the Lees Knowles Lecturer in Military Science at Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Parnell Fellow in Irish Studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is the author of fifteen books and his most recent is MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949. Keith Jeffery lives in Northern Ireland. http://bit.ly/aqEX2E

Daily Briefing - Thursday, October 14, 2010

Colonel Andrew Bacevich is a retired US Army Colonel and currently a professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. He has written a number of books, including American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of US Diplomacy, The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War, The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II, and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. His newest book, just out, is Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War which is being offered as a premium for the fund drive:  http://bit.ly/aqEX2E


Daily Briefing - Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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Vivien Lesnik Weisman is a filmmaker, writer and political commentator. She was born in Havana, Cuba. Her father, Max Lesnik, was an close associate of Fidel Castro and the revolution, but became disenchanted and moved his family to Miami in 1961 where he found himself at odds with other Cuban exiles. Vivien Weisman tells his story, and her own experience in coming to terms with that history and her Cuban heritage, in her award-winning documentary, The Man of Two Havanas, which we are offering today as a thank-you gift for your support of “The Daily Briefing” and KPFK.



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Daily Briefing - Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Robert Scheer is a journalist, author and columnist, a senior lecturer at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications and is Editor-in-Chief Truthdig which he also founded. His books include The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us about Iraq, Playing President: My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I and Clinton--and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush, The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America, and his latest, The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street.

Jamie Court is president of Consumer Watchdog. He was an early pioneer of the HMO patients' rights movement in America, and has led successful corporate and political campaigns to reform HMOs, insurers, banks, oil companies, drug makers, and utilities. He is the author of Corporateering: How Corporate Power Steals Your Personal Freedom And What You Can Do About It and co-author of Making A Killing: HMOs and the Threat To Your Health. His latest book is, The Progressive's Guide To Raising Hell: How To Win Grassroots Campaigns, Pass Ballot Box Laws And Get The Change You Voted For.


Daily Briefing - Monday, October 11, 2010

Guest: John Hamilton, contributor to television and radio program "Democracy Now."

Topics: Glenn Beck and his influence on a recent  shootout by Byron Williams this past July in the Bay area. 

From the intro:

Hello and welcome to The Daily Briefing, I’m Ian Masters and today we will look into a breaking story in the news with the reporter who exposed the connection between Glenn Beck and a heavily armed gunman who shot two California Highway Patrol officers in a furious gun battle before surrendering.

John Hamilton, a reporter with KPFA, our sister station in Berkeley, joins us to elaborate on the prison interview he did with the shooter Byron Williams who was on his way to shoot up the Tides Foundation and the ACLU in San Francisco when he was pulled over by the CHP. In the prison interview with John Hamilton, Byron Williams makes it abundantly clear that Glenn Beck was his teacher and he was acting on “evidence” provided by Beck from the 29 broadcasts on Fox News where Glenn Beck cited the Tides Foundation as a part of a socialist conspiracy involving George Soros, BP, a Brazilian oil company and President Obama.

John Hamilton has, for the first time, connected the important dots that tie a heavily armed killer on a homicidal mission with the persons in the media on Fox News who have incited him to violence.