September 13 - Europe Fiddles While the Euro Burns; The Palestinian Humpty Dumpty; More Poor in America

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We begin with the Euro crisis where a default on Greek debt seems all but inevitable. We speak with Domenico Lombard, who is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is an expert in international monetary relations and global currencies. We discuss whether the current crisis will involve an orderly or a disorderly Greek default and examine the lack of solidarity and the apparent north/south divide within the Eurozone. Dominco Lombard

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Then we are joined by a veteran Middle East negotiator who has served six Secretaries of State, Aaron David Miller. We analyze the state of Palestine before the U.N. votes on its statehood and discuss Aaron David Miller’s article in Foreign Policy “Humpty Dumpty Palestine”.

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Then we look into the just-released report from the Census Bureau that finds poverty in the U.S. has climbed to an all-time record with 46.2 Americans, many of them children, living in poverty. Alice O’Connor, a historian at the University of California Santa Barbara and author of “Poverty Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy and the Poor in Twentieth Century U.S. History” joins us. Alice O'Connor

 

September 12 - Saudi Warning to U.S. on Palestinian Statehood and a Real Look Into 9/11; Are Jobs Obsolete?

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We begin with Mark Danner, who is in Ramallah in the Palestinian territory, discussing the upcoming declaration of Palestinian statehood at the U.N. that the Saudis are warning the U.S. not to veto. We also talk about Mark Danner’s latest essay in the New York Review of Books “After September 11; Our State of Exception”. Mark Danner

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Then, following the President’s recent address to Congress to urge the creation of more jobs, we talk with Douglas Rushkoff about whether jobs are obsolete in the digital age where technology is increasing efficiency that results in more people being laid off while increasing corporate profits. Douglas Rushkoff teaches Media Studies at NYU and is the author of “Program or be Programmed; Ten Commands for a Digital Age” and “Life Inc; How Corporations Conquered the World and How We Can Take it Back”. Douglas Rushkoff

 

September 8 - Obama Comes out Fighting for Jobs; A New WPA?; The Real 9/11 Conspiracies

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We begin with an analysis and responses to the just concluded Presidential address to Congress on the issues of jobs and getting Americans back to work. Robert Johnson, the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking joins us to assess the content of the speech and the chances of the president’s proposals being implemented. Robert Johnson

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Then Randall Wray, a senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute joins us to critique the president’s jobs proposal and argue that a direct job creation program like the WPA would create more demand than extending unemployment and payroll tax cuts while providing the necessary improvements to our decaying infrastructure. Randall Wray

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Then finally we speak with Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, the co-authors of a new book “The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden”. We discuss the real conspiracies surrounding 9/11 that remain unanswered, obscured by the endless manufactured nonsense propagated by the 9/11 “truthers” that distracts people from the real mistakes, malfeasance and misdeeds of the U.S. Government and the Intelligence community. Summers and Swan

 

September 7 - Post-Qaddafi Rifts in North Africa; Joe Stiglitz on the Cost of 9/11; Downward Economic Mobility

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First, we look into the regional consequences of the fall of Qaddafi as looted arms are proliferating south into Niger where Agadez has become a flourishing arms bazaar. We speak with Professor Hamoud Salhi, a specialist on Algeria, where the Algerian government is sheltering members of Qaddafi’s family, and where quite possibly Qaddafi himself is hiding out.

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Next, we continue with an accounting of the price we paid for 9/11 from Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. He has an article out now “The Price of 9/11” and we calculate the costs of the wars since 9/11 that have exceeded Dr Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes’ earlier conservative calculation of 3 to 5 trillion dollars
 

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Then, we look into the state of the American Dream and the shrinking Middle Class and speak with Erin Currier, the Project Manager of the Economic Mobility Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts, who have released a new study that finds nearly one third of Americans who grew up middle class in the 1970s have fallen out of the middle class as adults. Erin Currier

 

September 6 - Texas is Burning; Water For Oil in Canada; The Reverend Billy on 9/11

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We begin with an analysis of the growing number and frequency of weather anomalies, hurricanes followed by a deadly series of wildfires engulfing Texas. Rick Piltz, the Director of Climate Science Watch joins us to assess the causes behind what appears to be a change in climate, a change that the governor of Texas, who interrupted his presidential campaign to deal with the fires, claims is not happening. Rick Piltz

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Then, we look into the tar sands oil pipeline controversy from a Canadian perspective with Cleo Paskal who is a fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs and a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy, NATO and the OSCE. She is the author of “Global Warring; How Environmental, Economic and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map”. Cleo Paskal

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Then, finally we hear from the Reverend Billy, an anti-corporate activist who takes on the role of a revivalist minister with his Church of Earth-al-ujah to preach against consumerism and militarism. We talk about what he has planned in New York for this coming weekend’s tenth anniversary remembrance of 9/11. Reverend Billy