2011 Program Archive

December 8 - Europe on the Brink; Does Iran Have the Latest U.S. Spyplane? Killing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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We begin with the make-or-break European summit now underway in Brussels and speak with Charles Kupchan who was director for European Affairs on the National Security Council in the Clinton Administration. With the German Chancellor saying the euro has lost credibility and the French leader warning there is no turning back, we try to find out if their apocalyptic words will be met with credible deeds and a global economic crisis will be avoided in the next 24 hours as the deadline to come up with a plan to shore up the Euro looms. charles kupchan

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Then we look into the apparent loss of a top-secret U.S. spy drone over Iran that appears to have been captured largely intact by the Iranians who claim their army’s “electronic warfare unit” hacked into the stealth RQ 170 Sentinel’s controls and landed it 140 miles inside their territory. An expert on defense, space and intelligence policy, John Pike, the Director of GlobalSecurity.org joins us to try to assess the damage to the CIA from this incident that appears to be both a diplomatic embarrassment and an intelligence setback for the U.S. john pike

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Then finally we address the Senate’s rejection of Richard Cordray who the White House nominated as the first head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Bartlett Naylor, the financial policy advocate at Public Citizen joins us to discuss the Republican’s apparent allegiance to Wall Street over Main Street and their efforts to kill a new agency created to combat unfair, deceptive and abusive lending practices that brought about the 2008 financial crisis which continues to depress the real economy while bailed-out, bonus-bloated banking gamblers in the Wall Street casino laugh all the way to the bank. bartlett naylor
  MUSIC: Caberet - Money Makes The World Go Around; Janelle Monae - Cold War (Clams Casino remix); Modest Mouse - Perfect Disguise; Modest Mouse - Paper Thin Walls  

 

December 7 - The Militarization of America's Police; A Victory For "Move To Amend"; The Congo Poised For More Violence

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We begin with the militarization of America’s police forces and examine how some of the most advanced lethal and non-lethal military equipment in the world is going to police forces across the country to be used against U.S. citizens. Rania Khalek, a Washington D.C.- based writer for Alternet joins us. She has an article at Alternet “Pepper Spray, Taser, and LRADS – What’s Behind the Explosion of “Less Lethal’ Weapons For Crowd Control”. rania khalek

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Then we speak with Mary Beth Fielder, the founder and coordinator of “Move To Amend LA” who spearheaded the successful effort to get the L.A. City Council to approve a resolution to amend the constitution to deny corporations personhood.

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Then finally we speak with a Congolese activist about the disputed elections in the Congo that are likely to spark a new round of violence in a country where millions have died, despite the presence of the world’s largest contingent of U.N. peacekeepers. Jacques Bahati, the Policy Analyst for the Africa Faith and Justice Network joins us. jacques bahati
  MUSIC: Dirty Projectors - Rise Above; Bright Eyes - Cartoon Blues; TV On the Radio; The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa  

 

December 6 - Obama Channels Teddy Roosevelt; Russia's Rigged Elections; The "Occupy Our Homes" Movement

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We begin with the President’s speech today in a small town in Kansas that was the site of a famous speech by Theodore Roosevelt in 1910. James Kloppenberg, professor of history and chair of the History Department at Harvard University joins us. He is the author of a new book “Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Tradition”. We discuss the populist tone the president is now adopting asking for “a fair shot and a fair share” and whether Obama will follow Teddy Roosevelt’s example and go after the big monopolies and powerful interests now defined as the 1%.

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Then Nina Khruscheva, the granddaughter of a former Soviet leader, joins us to discuss the Russian elections and the demonstrations that followed them.  She is just back from Moscow and we gauge the level of disgust and fatigue the Russian people have for the revolving door leadership of Putin and Medvedev whose United Russia party is widely reported to have engaged in massive fraud, prompting Secretary of State Clinton to condemn the elections and call for a full investigation. nina kruscheva

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Then finally we are joined by two activists involved in the “Occupy Our Homes” movement who tried to prevent the eviction of a homeowner and support the re-occupation of a foreclosed home by its previous owner today in nearby Southgate and Riverside. Peggy Mears a Community Organizer with ACCE (the Alliance for Californians for Community Empowerment) spearheaded one of the actions and Chase Golding, one of the organizers of “Occupy LA” who was involved in the other action, will address how the occupy movement is now engaging in occupying foreclosed homes.

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  MUSIC: Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band - Roosevelt Room; Eugène Pottier - The Internationa; The Thermals - Here's Your Future; Dirty Projectors - Temecula Sunrise  

 

December 5 - Vetoing a Bill That Will Raise Gas Prices in an Election Year; Bickering Among Iran's Rulers; "Huntsman is the Only Electable Republican"

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We begin with an analysis of the $662 billion Defense Authorization Bill the President threatens to veto. Lawrence Korb, who was Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration and is now a Senior Fellow at the Center For American Progress, will look into provisions the White House opposes that would deny terrorist suspects, including American citizens, the right to a trial and subject them to indefinite detention, as well the bill’s imposition of harsh sanctions on Iran that could drive oil prices way up in an election year. larry korb

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Then we examine internal bickering among Iran’s ruling elite that has paralyzed statecraft as radical elements in the regime take excessive risks to score petty victories over their domestic rivals. Dr Trita Parsi, the author of “A Single Role of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy With Iran” joins us to discuss this dangerous brinksmanship as outside pressure on Iran’s nuclear ambitions intensifies.
 
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Then finally businessman Stanley Weiss joins us. The founding chairman of B.E.N.S., Business Executives For National Security, a non-profit group dedicated to a more rational business-like approach to excessive defense spending, he has an article at the Huffington Post, “Huntsman is the Only Electable Republican” which argues against conventional political punditry that John Huntsman could eventually be the last man standing in the Republican presidential race. stanley weis
  MUSIC: The Clash - Know Your Rights; Miras Jame Eshgh; Black Sabbath - Electric Funeral; Frank Sinatra - Send in the Clowns  

 

December 4 - Update on the Egyptian Elections; An "Occupy L.A." Organizer Speaks Out; The Pakistanis Fired First

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We begin and go to Cairo for an update on the elections in Egypt with Yasmine El Rashidi, a former Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the author of the e-book “The Battle For Egypt”.  We discuss the strong showing by the Muslim Brotherhood and the fundamentalist Salafist in the first round of the parliamentary elections and look ahead to the next critical and contentious steps, which are the drafting of a new constitution and the presidential elections. yasmine el rashidi

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Then we are joined in the studio by Julie Levine who teaches at the USC School of Social Work and has been involved in the “Occupy LA’ movement since its beginning. She discusses the alleged mistreatment and police brutality the occupiers have endured since the police raid and the wider issues of the future direction of the occupy movement and the 99%’s relationship to the corporate state. julie levine

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Then finally Chris Fair joins us to examine what really happened in the recent clash between NATO forces and the Pakistanis in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed. We discuss why President Obama has not apologized to the Pakistanis because they opened fire first on the NATO and Afghan troops across the border and when NATO gave the Pakistani military headquarters the coordinates to return fire, there was no objection. We  assess whether the U.S. will again turn a blind eye in order to open up supply routes into Afghanistan or take a firmer stand. chris fair
  MUSIC: Sun Airway - Waiting On You; My Morning Jacket - The Day is Coming; Dirty Projectors - Rise Above; - Nishta Nishta