October 19 - The Austerity Trap; Student Debt at One Trillion!; Drone Wars Coming Soon

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We begin with the former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and discuss the austerity trap that the economy is stuck in with political gridlock and election politics digging the hole deeper.  However there is some reason to hope that as the powerful and privileged one percent try to take us back to the Gilded Age, a movement forming might rally the nation to reclaim the American Dream for the 99%. Robert Riech

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Then we look into the shameful growth of student debt that will reach one trillion dollars this year. David Halperin, who is the director of Campus Progress at the Center for American Progress joins us to explain the increasing debt load students are now burdened with as they face a shrinking jobs market, and how lobbyists for the for-profit college industry have managed to get Congress to have taxpayer money charged back to unwitting students at exorbitant rates for a worthless education and a useless diploma. David Halperin

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Then finally we talk about drone warfare and the inevitable blowback that will come as the U.S. loses its technological edge and other nations develop their own drones. David Cortwright, the Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University joins us to discuss the future implications of the proliferation of remote-control killing machines. David Cortwright

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Then finally we speak with Robert Greenwald a producer, director and political activist. He is the founder of Brave New Films. We discuss his new documentary, "The Koch Brothers Exposed," which sheds light on the toxic harm that the Koch Brothers are inflicting on this country.

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October 18 - Will a Revived Left Create a New Center?; A Further Analysis of the 99% Movement; Bill Maher on Trying to Keep up With Political Absurdity

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We begin with a political analysis of the likely effect the Occupy Wall Street movement will have on the future of progressive politics in America and the elections next year. Michael Lind joins us. He has an article at Salon.com “Occupation and Realignment; How a Real Leftist Movement Could Create a New Center in American Politics”, and we discuss the promise and pitfalls of a movement that now has a powerful and unifying economic message, which could be diffused by identity politics and other single-issue protests. Michael Lind

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Then we will examine the Occupy Wall Street movement further with Michael Heaney, who is a professor of Organizational Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan. We will discuss what political agenda and strategy will eventually emerge from this movement that is an apparent counterweight to the right-wing Tea Party, and how much it is a response to an acute sense of threat on the political left which feels its political representatives have failed them. Michael Heaney

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Then finally Bill Maher joins us. He is the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and we  talk politics and humor, in a political environment where political candidates, many of whom are running for president, provide such a rich serving of comedic absurdity that it is difficult to tell whether life is imitating comedy or comedy is imitating life.
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October 17 - The GOP Dirty Trickster Strikes Again; Seven Billion and Counting: How African/Americans Look at Obama and MLK

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We begin with the latest sting by the Republican dirty trickster James O’Keefe, aimed at Lawrence Mishel, the president of the Economic Policy Institute who joins us to explain why he is the target of the GOP hitman who brought down ACORN, went after CNN and NPR and got arrested trying to sting Senator Mary Landrieu. Lawrence Mishel

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Then with the world’s population about to pass 7 billion, we look at population growth in terms of biodiversity with Amy Harwood who is the 7 Billion and Counting Campaign Coordinator at the Center for Biodiversity.  We discuss how the earth’s resources, already stretched thin, can cope with the current population, let alone an expected 8 billion people by 2025 and 10 billion by 2083. Amy Harwood

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Then, following President Obama’s dedication of the Martin Luther King memorial on Sunday, at which he alluded to criticism of the civil rights leader from African/Americans that is similar to the criticism the president is getting from some in the black community who feel he is not doing enough and is going too slow. Darnell Hunt joins us.  He is the director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and professor of Sociology at UCLA.  With record unemployment in the African/American community, particularly among young men, we discuss the president’s standing as a critical election year approaches. Darnell Hunt

 

October 16 - A Global Insurrection by the 99 Precenters; A Rebuttal of the Iranian Terror Plot; U.S. Troops in Uganda

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We begin with the 99% insurrection that began with the Occupy Wall Street movement and has now gone global with massive street protests in Spain and violent clashes in Italy. Stephany Griffith Jones, the Financial Markets Program Director at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University joins us from the European banking haven, Luxemborg. Stephany Griffith Jones

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Then we get a point by point rebuttal of the plausibility of the plot involving an Iranian/American used car salesman and a Mexican drug cartel hit man, who according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder planned to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador at his favorite Georgetown restaurant. Rasool Nafisi, who has studied the Pasdaran, the Guardian of Revolution in Iran, joins us to discuss the growing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran that could lead to a Sunni/Shia confrontation in the Middle East. Rasool Nafisi

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Then finally we look into the latest deployment of U.S. troops to a war zone, this time in Africa, where U.S. military advisors are joining with the Ugandan military to eliminate the Lord’s Resistance Army, a murderous cult operating on the border with the Congo. John Prendegast, the co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity joins us. He was Director for African Affairs on the National Security Council in the Clinton Administration. john prendagast

 

October 13 - Iran is Not on the Ropes; A Texas Populist on Perry and the Occupy Wall Street Movement; "The Man Nobody Knew"

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With mounting skepticism about the plausibility and strategic purpose of an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador in the United States, we begin with an expert on Iran, Flynt Leverett, who served as Senior Director for Middle East Affairs on the National Security Council in the Bush Administration before resigning over Middle East policy. We discuss the inner workings of the Iranian regime and assess how they see their foreign policy working since many analysts now suggest Iran’s influence in the region is waning.
 
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Then we are joined by Jim Hightower the former Texas Agriculture Commissioner who lost his job to Karl Rove and Rick Perry and is now a popular populist voice on the radio and in his nationally syndicated columns. We discuss the pay-to-play Texas governor and his chances of becoming president as well as the Occupy Wall Street movement and other subjects.
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Then we are joined by the son of a former CIA spymaster, whose mysterious life and death is profiled in a new documentary feature “The Man Nobody Knew”. Emmy award-winning filmmaker Carl Colby offers a probing history of the CIA in this personal memoir about his father and the strange and secretive world he grew up in. Carl Colby