October 31 - The Bizarre Rise of Herman Cain; Palestine Moves Closer to Statehood and a U.S. Veto; The Seventh Billion Baby Arrives Today

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We begin with the rise of Herman Cain who is leading the pack of Republican presidential candidates in spite of charges of sexual harassment that resulted in two five figure settlements paid to the women involved. Herman Cain spoke at the National Press Club where he denied the charges and offered the Clarence Thomas defense that the liberal Press is out to lynch him. Jacob Heilbrun, a Senior Editor at the National Interest joins us to discuss how such bad performance art could dominate the presidential stage as the bizarre antics of Herman Cain seem to suggest he is not a serious candidate, yet more and more Republican voters appear to be taking him seriously. Jacob Heilbrun

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Then we discuss the UN vote to admit Palestine into UNESCO which was greeted by the US cutting funds to the UN agency best know for protecting world heritage sites. A former Palestinian negotiator Leila Hilal joins us to assess the future of Palestinian statehood that will be voted on next month in the UN Security Council leading to a likely veto of Palestinian statehood by the United States. Leila Hilal

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Then finally, as the seventh billion person enters the world today, we analyze the impact on the planet of population growth that, since the first billion was reached in 1804 and the second billion in 1927, has rapidly grown exponentially in the last few decades. John Bongaarts, the Chairman of the panel on Population Projections at the National Academy of Sciences joins us. John Bongaarts
  Music: Frank Zappa - Sexual Harrasment in the Workplace; Pavement - Two States; Ramallah Underground - Sijen ib Sijen; Beach House - Walk in the Park  

 

October 30 - Assad Warns the Region Will Burn; Glenn Greenwald on our Two-Tiered Justice System

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We begin with an update on Syria where the Assad dictatorship has just warned that the region will go up in flames if the regime is threatened by what it calls Western interference. A specialist on Syria, James Gelvin joins us to assess where the real opposition, the Syrian people, are heading in terms of armed resistance supplanting peaceful protest since thousands of unarmed citizens have been killed by a regime that is prepared to cling to power at any cost.

James Gelvin

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Then we are joined by former constitutional and civil rights litigator and contributing writer to Salon, Glenn Greenwald, the author of “With Liberty and Justice for Some; How the Law is Used to Destroy and Protect the Powerful”.  We discuss the two-tiered system of justice in this country that protects the powerful and punishes the powerless, and how the uprising by the 99% is the first step in reversing a complete takeover of America by oligarchs.

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  Music: Syrian Protesters - Bashar Must Go; Built to Spill - Stab; Modest Mouse - Beach Side Property; Shabazz Palaces - Yeah You  

 

October 27 - It's Official From the CBO - The 1% Have Won; The New Frontier of Crime and Your Computer

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We begin with an analysis of the recent report by the CBO, the Congressional Budget Office that finds the income of America’s top 1% more than tripled in the last few decades while middle class incomes grew by less than 40%. Harvard Economist Richard Parker, author of “The Myth of the Middle Class” joins us to explain how these latest figures confirm what a lot of Americans already knew, while validating the Occupy Wall Street Movement’s stark comparison of the 1% at the top versus the 99% at the bottom. Richard Parker

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Then we look into the rise and fall of a criminal website “Darkmarket”, the title of a new book by BBC investigative journalist Misha Glenny, “Darkmarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You”.  The author of the bestseller “McMafia” that explored global multinational networks of organized crime, Misha Glenny turns his attention to this new frontier of crime and warfare that is essential reading for anyone who owns a computer. Misha Glenny
  Music: Fionn Regan - Campaign Button, Arcade Fire - Intervention, Yacht - We Have All We Ever Wanted, Aphex Twin - Flim  

 

October 26 - War Without Boots on the Ground; The Return of "It Can't Happen Here"; Inside the Saudi Gerontocracy

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We begin with what appears to be a new Obama military/intelligence doctrine emerging that builds upon the Libyan example of intervention without boots on the ground. The founder and editor of Somaliareport.com, Robert Young Pelton joins us to discuss a new war going on in Somalia that employs U.S. naval and air assets, including drones, but uses Kenyan and Ugandan boots on the ground to fight the Islamist al Shebab militia.

Robert Pelton

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Then we talk about the national revival of Sinclair Lewis’ novel and play “It Can’t Happen Here”, a prophetic warning from the 1930’s of how fascism could take over in the United States, opening now in performances and readings across the country. The organizer of this political and literary awakening, author, actor and comedian Darryl Henriques joins us along with Professor Joel Schechter who teaches dramatic literature, criticism and theatre history. We discuss similarities between today’s economic hard times and political extremism, and the era in which “It Can’t Happen Here” was written and performed by actors who actually worked for the United States Government under the WPA, the Works Progress Administration.

 

Joel Schechter

Darryl Henriques

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Then finally we speak with British historian and author Robert Lacey, the author of “Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia”.  As the Cold War between the Saudis and the Iranians heats up, we discuss the paradox that as rebellious Arab youth drive the region towards liberalism and reform, the ruling gerentocracy in Saudi Arabia appear to be heading in the opposite direction. Robert Lacey
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October 25 - The Arab Spring Bears Fruit in Tunisia; Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency

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We begin with the elections in Tunisia that could be a harbinger of democratic change as the Arab Spring bears fruit in the country where the revolutions sweeping the Middle East began. Veteran BBC journalist Roger Hardy joins us. He has been a Middle East and Islamic Affairs analyst with the BBC World Service for 20 years and is the author of “The Muslim Revolt; a Journey Through Political Islam”.  As well as the regional implications, we discuss the victory of the Islamists in Tunisia and whether they will keep their promise to respect the secular traditions of this comparatively liberal North African country. Roger Hardy

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Then we talk about our neighbor to the south, Mexico, with Ioan Grillo, the author of a new book “El Narco; Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency”.  We discuss the increasingly violent and grisly criminal insurgency that poses the greatest armed threat to Mexico since the 1910 revolution, an insurgency which so far has resulted in 40,000 murders south of the border in a failed war on drugs that is fueled by money and guns from the U.S.

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