2012 Program Archive

December 24 - Who Didn't Vote and Why; Big Money was Decisive in the Last Election; The Reverend Billy and the "Shopture"

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We begin with a new report on how many Americans did not vote in the last election, which for all that was at stake, attracted fewer voters than the 2004 competition between John Kerry and George W. Bush. Aura Bogado, a writer for The Nation joins us to discuss her article at The Nation “Figuring out Why 93 Million People Didn’t Vote”. aura bogado

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The we speak with Thomas Ferguson, a professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and author of an article at Alternet.org “Revealed: Why the Pundits Are Wrong About Big Money and the 2012 Elections”. We discuss his article and the extent to which big money is behind the Republican House members who humiliated their Speaker in refusing to raise taxes on the wealthy who they apparently so faithfully serve.

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Then finally on Christmas Eve we speak with the Reverend Billy, an anti-corporatist activist who takes on the role of a revivalist minister. He led a demonstration in Times Square on Friday against rampant consumerism and Christmas shopping on the day that, according to the Mayan calendar, the world was supposed to end. We discuss the “Shopture” the Reverend staged in Times Square.

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December 24 - Michael Lind on Rentier Capitalism; The AP Study that Finds 4 Out of 5 Americans Struggling with Joblessness and Near Poverty; The Executive Excess Report

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As this year comes to a close, we look back on some of the stories that dominated the news in 2013. Today we focus on the growing income inequality in America that may well become a theme in the 2014 election, assuming the Democrats find the courage of their conviction to broach a subject all too many of our fellow citizens are painfully aware of. We begin with a broadcast of “Background Briefing” from March 27, 2013 and speak with Michael Lind, the author of “Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States” on the real nature of American capitalism that is no longer about creating wealth, but extracting it in a new form of rentier capitalism that rewards the real “takers”, as opposed to the industrial capitalists of old who were the “makers”. Michael Lind offered his arguments in a series of articles at Salon.com; “Private sector parasites”, “How rich ‘moochers’ hurt America”, and “Defeating useless rich people”.

 

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Then from July 28, 2013 we speak with Tom Hirschl, a Professor of Sociology at Cornell University and Director of the Population and Development Program. We discuss the new report that he worked on for the Associated Press that finds 4 out of 5 U.S. adults struggling with joblessness and near poverty in an economy in which President Obama says the income gap is fraying America’s social fabric.

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Then finally from September 1, 2013, in contrast to the flat or falling wages for working Americans, we look into the scandal of CEO pay and how corporate heads who either preside over massive failures and losses, are engaged in fraud and deception, or are bailed out by the taxpayer - the bailed out – the booted – or the busted – are rewarded. Veteran labor journalist Sam Pizzigati joins us the discuss the new report released by the Institute for Policy Studies he co-authored “The 20th Anniversary Executive Excess Report” that examines the “performance” of 241 corporate chief executives.

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December 23 - Blessing Kerry While Defaming Hagel; The Deafening Silence Following Woodward's Bombshell; The NRA's Bizarre Press Conference

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We begin with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who was Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff and discuss the nomination of Senator John Kerry to be the next Secretary of State, which will apparently sail through the Senate. Meanwhile the expected nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense is under intense fire from the AIPAC lobby and neoconservatives who are desperately trying to torpedo Hagel’s chance of heading up the Pentagon. lawrence wilkerson

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Then we continue the conversation and speak with Roger Morris who served on the National Security Council under presidents Johnson and Nixon until resigning over the invasion of Cambodia. We look into the evolution of Lieutenant John Kerry who testified against the Vietnam War that he fought in before the very same Senate Foreign Relations he later came to head. We will also discuss the explosive story the press are ignoring; the bombshell tape Bob Woodward uncovered that ended up in the Style pages of the Washington Post revealing how Fox News tried to run General Petraeus for president.

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Then finally we speak with the Alternet’s Washington Bureau Chief Adele Stan who attended the NRA’s press conference where they proposed posting armed guards at every school in America. We discuss why the gun lobby that has only 4.3 million members is able to wield so much power on Capitol Hill and her article at Alternet.org “NRA’s Bizarre Press Conference: More Guns Now!

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December 20 - Paying For Civilization; Big Oil Escapes the Fiscal Cliff; A Petty Putin is Peeved at America

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We begin with economist Jeffery Sachs who is Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and author of “The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity”. We discuss how in spite of the political wrangling, both the House and the White House would shrink our government back to the Eisenhower era with plans that would make deeper cuts than if we went over the so-called fiscal cliff. jeffrey sachs

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Then we continue the discussion on how lopsided the debate is in favor of cutting government services instead of raising taxes, and how little the American people realize what they are about to lose whichever deal is struck. Andy Kroll, a staff reporter in the Washington D.C. bureau of Mother Jones joins us to discuss his article at Mother Jones “Will Big Oil Keep the Subsidies in a Fiscal Cliff Deal” and how cuts in subsidies to big oil, who are now making record profits, are barely on the table and not in the cards.

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Then finally we discuss the latest crackdown on dissent in Russia by Vladimir Putin who held a marathon press conference today where he opined on whether the world will end tomorrow according to the Mayan calendar and offered citizenship to a French actor looking for a tax haven. Nina Khruscheva, a professor of International Affairs at The New School joins us to discuss the increasingly peeved and petty Russian leader who was forced to answer uncomfortable questions about corruption and a ban on U.S. adoption of Russian children.

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December 19 - The NRA's "Gun Rights" a Modern Fabrication; The Myth of Armed Citizens Winning America's Freedom; An Examination of the Benghazi Report

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We begin with an analysis of the legal history of the Second Amendment which has been interpreted by the NRA and gun rights activists to bestow constitutional rights on the unrestricted ownership and use of guns in America. Professor of History and Chair of Education at New York University, Jonathan Zimmerman joins us to discuss his article in the Christian Science Monitor “Sandy Hook: The NRA’s Gun ‘Rights' Are a Fabrication of Modern Times”. zimmerman

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Then we speak with Michael Lind, who has an article at Salon.com “Guns Have Never Saved Us”. We further discuss how gun advocates have misread the Second Amendment and examine the real historical record that shatters the cherished myth America won its freedom from the Red Coats because of individual gun-ownership and that an armed citizenry protects our liberties from government tyranny.

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Then finally we look into the findings of a report by an independent panel who investigated the Benghazi incident that Fox News and the Republicans have been trying to blow up into a major foreign policy issue. The author of “America’s Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st Century Diplomacy” and former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent Nicholas Kralev joins us. He has travelled the world with four U.S. Secretaries of State – Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright.

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