February 2 - The Nevada Political Landscape; The Secret NATO Report on a Lost War; The War Against Planned Parenthood and Women

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We begin with the next Republican primary which is in Nevada on Saturday and speak with Eric Herzik who is a Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. Following Mitt Romney’s remark that he is “not concerned about the very poor”, we  discuss how that will play in a state that is suffering some of the worst unemployment and the most foreclosures in the nation.

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Then we examine the secret NATO report based on thousands of interviews with captured Taliban fighters that reveal a pervasive confidence among the insurgents that they will win what has become the U.S.’ longest war. Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, the former Afghanistan and Pakistan Analyst at the State Department’s Intelligence Bureau joins us to assess the report in the light of Secretary of Defense Panetta’s recent remarks that the U.S. might be planning on getting out of Afghanistan earlier than 2014.

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Then finally we look into the decision by the Susan G. Koman for the Cure Foundation to stop granting funds to Planned Parenthood for the breast cancer screening of women. The former Head of Planned Parenthood, Gloria Feldt joins us. She is the author of “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power”.

 

 

And also joining us to talk further about the politicization of women’s health is Francis Kissling, the former President of “Catholics For Choice”. We discuss Mitt Romney’s attempt to join Catholic Bishops in making a “religious liberty” campaign issue out of the Obama Administration’s requirement for insurance companies to provide insurance coverage for birth control.

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  MUSIC: Fionn Regan - Campaign Button; Titus Andronicus - Four Score and Seven; Jim O' Rourke - Prelude to 110 or 220; Jackson Brown - Doctor My Eyes  

 

February 1 - The U.N. Security Council Argues While Syria Burns; A Look Inside Syria's Civil War; An Expert on Romney's Mormon Church

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We begin with an update on deliberations today before the U.N. Security Council, where a majority of the Council led by Secretary of State Clinton have drafted a resolution calling for the Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad to step down from power. Veteran U.N. reporter Ian Williams joins us. He is a Senior Analyst at Foreign Policy in Focus and we discuss if, how and when the U.N. will overcome a veto threat from Russia and China and take action to stop the killing in Syria. ian williams

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Then as civil war in Syria intensifies, a Syrian/American sociologist who is a Professor Emerita of Sociology at Simmons College in Boston, Elaine Hagopian, joins us to provide an analysis of the forces arrayed inside and outside of Syria. We discuss how the Saudis and Qataris are arming and training the Syrian opposition in an effort to shape the outcome of the “Arab Spring” that protects their regional interests and feudal regimes.

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Then finally the country’s leading non-Mormon expert on the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints joins us to discuss Mitt Romney’s religion and the effect that it and the Mormon Church’s hierarchy might have on a Romney presidency. Jan Shipps a Professor Emerita of History and Religious Studies at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis joins us. Her books include Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition and Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years Among the Mormons.

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  MUSIC: Dirty Projectors - No More; Syrian Protesters - Bashar Must Go; Built To Spill - Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss; Helio Sequence - Hallelujah  

 

January 31 - Winning and Losing in Florida; The Backdoor "NAFTA of The Pacific" Deal; Newt The Nasty's Long March

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We begin with the Florida Republican primary where the polls have just closed and we announce preliminary results as they come in. Michael Tomasky, a special correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast joins us. He is the editor of “Democracy: A Journal of Ideas” and we discuss this expensive, contentious and increasingly venomous republican primary that will leave the victor tainted, and the loser defiant.

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Then joining us in the studio is Matthew Kavenagh, the Director of U.S. Policy and Advocacy at Health GAP (Global Access Project).  He joins us to discuss what he considers to be a backdoor deal with Corporate America, the Trans Pacific Free Trade Agreement the Obama administration’s U.S. Trade Representative has just made nearby in secret at a Beverly Hills hotel. A deal that leaves labor, environment, AIDS and public health activists frustrated and confused.

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Then finally Howard Schweber, a professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Wisconsin joins us. He has an article at the Huffington Post “Newt Gingrich and The Politics of Resentment”. We discuss Newt the nasty, tonight’s increasingly incendiary losing candidate, who seems determined to carry on tearing down Romney, the establishment candidate, all the way to August when the Republicans convene in Tampa.

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  MUSIC: Nina Simone - Funkier Than A Mosquittos Tweeter; James Blake - Limit To Your Love; Bon Iver - Blindsided; Against Me! - Bitter Divisions  

 

January 30 - A Stealth Way to Shut Down the Occupy Movement; Is Gingrich the New Goldwater?; Saul Alinsky's Protege on the Real Radical

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We begin with an attempt by a city council to shut down the occupy movement through the courts. Joining us are the attorneys for Occupy Chattanooga, Scott Michelman who is a staff attorney with Public Citizen in Washington D.C. and Chattanooga attorney David Veazey. We discuss this first-of-a-kind suit that tries to force individuals to pay a County’s costs for seeking judicial validation of its own law.

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Then American University historian Allan Lichtman joins us. The author of “White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement” and “The Keys to the White House: A Surefire Way to Predicting the Next President”, he has correctly predicted the outcomes of all U.S. presidential elections since 1984. We will discuss the fear gripping the Republican establishment that 2012 could be a repeat of the 1964 Goldwater blowout if the Tea Party radicals manage to show up at the Republican convention in Tampa with Newt Gingrich as their leader.

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Then finally, we examine who the real Saul Alinsky was. Not the “Saul Alinsky radical” Newt Gingrich accuses President Obama of being, but the community organizer and political strategist who has been studied on the left and right by Cesar Chavez, Dick Armey, Hillary Clinton and the Tea Party.  Alinky’s protégé Nicholas Von Hoffman joins us. He worked with Saul Alinsky from 1953 to 1963 and is the author of the new book “Radical: A Portrait of Saul Alinsky”.

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  MUSIC: Dirty Projectors - Spray Paint The Walls; CSNY - Deja Vu; Sufjan Stevens; M. Ward - Requiem  

 

January 29 - An Update From Tehran, Iran; More Analysis on the West Versus Iran; Egypt's Stolen Revolution

 


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We begin and go to Tehran, Iran and speak with Ali Arouzi who is the NBC Bureau Chief in Tehran and one of the few western journalists operating in that country. We discuss the arrival of U.N. nuclear inspectors in Iran and the brinksmanship over the increasingly severe sanctions that might lead Iran to cut off oil to its European customers who have joined the U.S. in the sanctions. ali arouzi

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Then we get another perspective on the growing tensions between Iran and the West with Kelly Golnoush Niknejad, who is the Editor-in-Chief of Tehran Bureau, an independent source of news on Iran that is in partnership with PBS’s Frontline. We discuss the recent report in the New York Times that Israeli war planners think a limited attack on Iran may not lead to the catastrophic consequences many are predicting.

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Then finally we go to Cairo, Egypt and speak with Sherif Gaber who is an independent blogger active with the group “No Military Trials for Civilians”. We discuss the standoff between the demonstrators in Tahrir Square and the ruling military regime that is reluctant to cede power and is holding the son of a Cabinet Secretary in the Obama White House claiming “foreign interference” in an apparent attempt to distract angry Egyptians from the regime’s intransigence.