2011 Program Archive

November 24 - Tahrir Square Explodes Again; How American CEO's Fire Workers, Extract Wealth and Reward Themselves; Giving Thanks For Living Better

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We begin by going to Tahrir Square in Egypt to get an update on the second Egyptian revolution, first from Rabab El Mahdi who is a professor of political science at the American University in Cairo.

 

Then we speak with Joshua Hersh, who covers U.S. Foreign Policy and the State Department for the Huffington Post. He is in Cairo covering the upcoming Egyptian elections.

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Then we hear from a veteran financial reporter and Wall Street insider William Cohan, the author of the new book “Money and Power; How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World”. We discuss how corporate America is sitting on piles of cash that, rather than investing it in plant and equipment or on R&D, the top executives are using their idle billions to buy back company stock in order to reward themselves at the expense of the workers they are laying off. william cohen

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Then finally on Thanksgiving, in the spirit of being thankful for positive social trends that offer hope in a time of economic distress, political polarization, deadlock and dysfunction, Stephan Schwartz, a Senior Fellow at the Samueli Institute joins us to discuss how some communities are tackling hunger and homelessness in a humane and healing manner, separate and apart from government programs or Church-related charity.

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  MUSIC: Arcade Fire - Half Light II; Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings - Money; My Morning Jacket - Thank You Too  

 

November 23 - The Revolution is Just Beginning; The Neocons as Elder Statesmen; Senior Advisor to Ron Paul on Foreign Policy

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We begin with attorney and activist Zevin Zeese who has been active in third party politics and served as Ralph Nader’s press secretary and spokesman in 2004. He has been active in the “Occupy D.C.” movement and we discuss how the growing disgust with Congress might benefit third party movements as well as the future direction of the occupy movements. kevin zeese

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Then the author of “They Knew They Were Right; The Rise of the Neocons” Jacob Heilrunn joins us to critique the latest Republican presidential candidate’s debate on national security that featured a panel of questioners representing the pantheon of neoconservative hawks responsible for the last decade’s disastrous wars and deficits. We discuss the candidate’s performance and positions as well as the possible return of the neocons. jacob heilbrunn

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Then finally Bruce Fein joins us. He is a Senior Advisor to the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign and we talk about the Republican outlier whose defense and foreign policy stance is at odds with the rest of the Republican presidential candidates. And although Ron Paul elicits rousing cheers from the debate audience, he is treated with uncomfortable scorn by the other candidates on stage and is largely ignored by the press. bruce fein
  MUSIC: Shabazz Palaces - Are You.. Can You.. Were you? (Felt); Rolling Stones - My Sweet Neoncon; Built to Spill - You Were Right; Black Sheep - The Choice is Yours  

 

November 22 - To Cut Or Not To Cut; Will The Pentagon Take a Hit?; Robocops on Campus

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We begin with an analysis of the so-called sequestration or trigger that has now been pulled to cut 1.2 trillion in federal spending across the board. We speak with Nicole Woo, the Director of Domestic Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research about these proposed cuts, 600 billion of which will come out of discretionary spending that was already cut recently by 900 billion dollars. nicole woo

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Then we examine whether or not the Pentagon will take a hit from the automatic budget cuts that are currently in place but will not come into effect for a year. Pentagon Watchdog Dina Rasor, the Chief Investigator for the Follow the Money Project, joins us to discuss the likelihood of cuts being renegotiated and the hysterical overreaction by defense hawks to the proposed cuts that, if enacted, would still leave us with a military budget higher than Cold War levels when we actually had a real enemy.

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Then finally we speak with Bob Ostertag who is professor of Technocultural Studies and Music at UC Davis where some of his students were recently pepper-sprayed by police, widely seen in video that has gone viral provoking outrage around the world. We discuss how such an over-reaction was justified by campus authorities and why U.C. police are so heavily armed, while police at private universities are mostly unarmed. bob ostertag
  MUSIC: The Beets - I Need More Allowance; Super Furry Animals - At Least It's Not the End of the World; Dirty Projectors - Police Story; Built To Spill - Planting Seeds  

 

November 21 - The Supercommittee Strikes Out; Spain Votes in More Austerity; Are We Telling the Egyptian Generals to Stand Down?

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We begin with the latest on the Congress’ Supercommittee, the co-chairs of which just announced their failure to come to an agreement. Economist and professor of political science at Boston University Thomas Ferguson joins us to analyze the bad deal that became no deal because Republican’s not only refused to budge on the Bush tax cuts and agree to a modest increase from 35% to 39% for the richest Americans, but actually wanted to cut taxes for the 1% even further. We’ll discuss what might come next for a government of the 1%, by the 1% and for the 1%. tom ferguson

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Then we look into the results of the elections in Spain with the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Spain’s largest newspaper El Pais. Antonio Caño  joins us to explain the resounding victory by the conservatives who are promising more austerity for the Eurozone’s fourth largest economy that has 45 out 100 young Spaniards out of work and feeling indignant. antonio cano

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Then finally we discuss the renewed demonstrations in Tahrir Square, Egypt, where many protesters now feel they quit the Arab Spring protests too soon and handed the revolution to the military which has shown an unwillingness to cede control. The former Chair of the Political Science Department at the American University in Cairo, Sheila Carapico, joins us to discuss what will make the generals give up power and return to their barracks. sheila
  MUSIC: Rolling Stones - You've Got The Silver; The Clash - Career Opportunities; The Kinks - Get Back In Line; The Roots - Guns Are Drawn  

 

November 20 - Super Committee Deadlock and Congressional Kabuki; Turkey Steps Up; Obama and The Asian Pivot

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We begin with the deadlocked Supercommittee that has to agree on 1.2 trillion in cuts by Monday to meet the Wednesday deadline before the sequester happens and automatic across-the-board cuts take place. Former six-term Congressman Bob Edgar, who is now head of Common Cause, joins us to talk about our broken Congress, corrupted by lobbyists and special interests to the point where they have exempted themselves from insider trading laws on stock transactions. We will follow up on whether, as a result of the recent “60 Minutes” expose and citizen outrage it provoked, the Stock Act aimed at cleaning up Congress will be revived. edgar

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Then we examine Turkey’s more assertive role in the Middle East as it emerges as the best hope to facilitate the removal of the bloody Assad regime next door in Syria, avoid civil war and help stabilize a post-Assad Syria. Asli Bali, a specialist on International Human Rights and the Laws of War joins us. We discuss what motivates Turkey’s leader and the behind-the-scenes reasons for Turkey’s alienation from Israel and the reversal of its support for the Assad regime.

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The finally Susan Shirk joins us. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs and we will discuss President Obama’s trip to Australia and the APEC Summit in Indonesia and the so-called pivot towards Asia in terms of the Obama Administration’s new foreign policy doctrine that promises to look more towards Asia and China and away from the traditional primary focus on Europe. suzan shirk
  MUSIC: James Blake - Limit To Your Love; The National - Start A War; Africa Hitech - Do You Really Wanna Fight; M. Ward - Shangri-La