2012 Program Archive

November 13 - Will Arizona's Old Guard Count the New Latino Voters?; Washington's Scandal Culture in Feeding Frenzy; De-Mythologizing General Petraeus

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We begin with the final countdown of the 2012 election, not in Florida, but in Arizona where final results will not be in until Friday. Jeff Biggers, author of “State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown over the American Dream” joins us. We discuss blatant voter suppression by Arizona’s older white Republican establishment and their brazen attempt to disenfranchise 600,000 new and mostly young Latino voters who were sent to the wrong precincts then issued provisional ballots that are still being counted by these same election officials. jeff biggers

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Then we examine the culture of scandal consuming Washington with prominent officials becoming objects of salacious media coverage as their careers are ended and judged on sexual peccadilloes rather than on their performance in office. Veteran investigative journalist Mark Feldstein, the author of “Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture” joins us to discuss the politics behind this latest sexual soap opera with military groupies fighting over which general they can seduce.

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Then finally we get a less-than-flattering portrait of General Petraeus from Colonel Douglas Macgregor, a decorated combat veteran who, during the Gulf War, led the largest tank battle since World War II. We discuss the so-called “surges” in Iraq and Afghanistan and whether General Petraeus is the heroic figure and battlefield game-changer that the press and politicians have portrayed him as. He has an article at Counterpunch.org, "The Petraeus Saga: Epitaph for a Four Star".

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  MUSIC: Molotovs - Gimme Power; New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle; Built to Spill - Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss; Joe Jackson - Right and Wrong  

 

November 12 - Performance Without Accountability among our Top Brass; The Leadership Vacuum at the CIA; Shuffling the Deck with the Syrian Opposition

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As we observe Veterans Day with the military establishment still stunned by the downfall of General Petraeus, we begin with two-time Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Tom Ricks, whose new book, just out, is “The Generals: American Military Command from World War 11 to Today”. We discuss the gulf between performance and accountability within the highest ranks of the military as the eleventh commander in eleven years takes charge of the current war in Afghanistan. tom ricks

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Then, following the abrupt departure of General Petraeus, we look into the leadership shuffle at the CIA with a former 27 year veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern. We discuss the difficulties the Obama White House have had in establishing an intelligence team, starting with the first Director of the National Intelligence Council Ambassador Chaz Freeman who was ousted on his first day on the job.

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Then finally, as the Syrian conflict show signs of spreading, with Israeli tanks returning fire against artillery on the Golan Heights, we will examine the newly formed Syria opposition coalition headed by a prominent Sunni imam. James Gelvin, an expert on Syria at UCLA, joins us to describe the make-up of this new coalition that is more likely to receive increased funding and arms as the military stalemate in Syria drags on. james gelvin
  MUSIC: Midnight Oil - When the Generals Talks; Bob Dylan - Masters of War; The National - Start a War  

 

November 11 - Will the Republican House Go to the Mat for Millionaires and Billionaires?; The Author of a Report Commissioned by the CIA on Climate Change; The End of the Reagan Era

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We begin with the president throwing down the gauntlet on extending middle-class tax cuts and speak with the Washington editor of Alternet, Adele Stan. We discuss the coming battle over the so-called “fiscal cliff” and how long the Republican House will be able to hold up a deal as they fight to preserve tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. adele stan

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Then we examine the report on climate change commissioned by the CIA that was released on Friday by the National Research Council. The lead author of that report John Steinbruner joins us to discuss the unparallel strains that climate disruption will place on the U.S. military and intelligence agencies in the coming years, not to mention the human and environmental cost as our endangered planet convulses with more frequent and unpredictable crises caused by global warming.

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Then finally we speak with Michael Lind, the author of “Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States”. We discuss our economic future that may soon be held hostage by another Tea Party tantrum, or whether a more adult consensus and compromise can be reached in Washington. Michael Lind has an article at Salon.com “The Final Defeat of Backlash Politics”.

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  MUSIC: The Beatles - You Never Give Me Your Money; Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning; Ella Fitzgerald - Heat Wave; Das Racist - Sit Down Man  

 

November 8 - Obama's Ambitious Dreams; Wall Street's Big Losing Bet; Adios to the White Protestant Nation

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We begin with the president’s ambitious second term agenda to reduce the deficit, reform the tax code, fix immigration and free us from foreign oil. Ed Kilgore, the author of the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal blog joins us to discuss what is possible, doable and likely to be achieved with a gridlocked government largely unchanged by the recent six billion dollar election.   ed kilgore

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Then we look into how Wall Street will deal with Obama’s second term, given their big losing bet on Romney. Jeff Connoughton, the author of “The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins” joins us. He previously worked on Wall Street and as Special Assistant to then-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Joe Biden, and we assess what can be done to clear the backlog of judicial appointments blocked by the Republicans.

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Then finally we speak with Allan Lichtman the distinguished Professor of History at American University who has correctly predicted the outcome of all presidential elections since 1984, including last Tuesday’s.  He is the author of “White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement” and we  examine the changing electorate, since Romney won six out of every ten white votes but still lost.

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  MUSIC: Van Morrison - Brand New Day; Manaka - We are the Many; David Bowie - Changes; Bob Dylan - The Times they are a-Changin'  

 

November 7 - Harry Reid Ready to Dance but Fight for Filibuster Reform; The Coming Showdown over the "Fiscal Cliff"; Is the Religious Right on the Wane and Secular, Liberal America on the Rise?

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We begin with the U.S. Senate where the Democrats increased their majority and Majority Leader Harry Reid pledged today that he will change the Senate rules, which he said have been abused. A long-time senior Senate staffer Ira Shapiro, joins us. He is the author of “The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis” and we examine how the filibuster can be reformed and how the newly re-elected president can fast track the huge backlog of judicial appointments that have been blocked by the Republican minority. ira

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Then we look at the House that remains in Republican hands, although some of the more incendiary Tea Party firebrands have lost their seats. Mike Lofgren, who spent 28 years working as a senior Republican staffer, the last 16 as a senior analyst on the House and Senate Budget Committees, joins us. The author of “The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class got Shafted”, we discuss the coming showdown over the so-called “fiscal cliff” and next February’s raising of the debt ceiling.

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Then finally, with the election of a lesbian to the U.S. Senate, gay marriage passing in Maine and Maryland, and marijuana legalized in Colorado and Washington State, the country apparently did not heed Paul Ryan’s warning that Obama was “putting America on a dangerous path that compromises Judeo-Christian Western civilization values”.

The author of “When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God”, Tanya Luhrmann joins us. She is both a psychologist and an anthropologist, and we discuss how much yesterday’s election was a watershed with the apparent waning of the religious right and the possible emergence of a secular, liberal majority in America.

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  MUSIC: Tom Petty - Won't Back Down; Gnarls Barkley - Crazy; The Shins - Fighting in a Sack; Plastic Ono Band - God