July 31 - Did The Economic Hostage-takers Win?; Democracy and the Corporate Duopoly; Would Jesus Crash the Economy?

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An expert on government, Paul Light joins us to discuss how the Republicans seem to have won in spite of having manufactured this crisis to achieve their policy goals through extortion, by threatening to damage an already weak economy which the Democrats will be running on next year.

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The Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute Jeffrey Sachs joins us to assess what seems to be a suicide pact that President Obama is expected to sign, an austerity package that will kill our faltering economic recovery and undermine the foundation of the Democratic Party, leading to the likelihood of third parties and primary challenges emerging next year.

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We look at the moral questions raised by the actions of a few wealthy white men who call themselves Christians, who are about to unnecessarily impoverish millions of their fellow Americans in order to form a more perfect disunion. Jim Wallis, the CEO of Sojourners and author of Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street and Your Street joins us to shine a light on this hypocrisy, meanness and ideological cruelty.

 

July 28 - Iran Shoring Up Syria; Reviving a Israeli/Palestinian Peace; Who is Killing America's Economic Recovery

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We begin with some foreign policy issues that have been overshadowed by the economic hostage crisis on Capitol Hill. Ambassador Marc Ginsberg joins us to talk about Iran’s role in shoring up the murderous Assad clan in Syria, with both money and Iranian Revolutionary Guards thugs who have honed their skills beating, jailing and murdering Iranian protesters during the Green revolution.

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We speak with an Israeli Air Force veteran, Brigadier General Nehemiah Dagan, who is currently touring the U.S. sponsored by J Street, the dovish alternative to AIPAC, promoting a two-state solution. We discuss the absence of peace, and even a peace process, between the Israelis and Palestinians and what can be done to bring the parties back to the table.

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Given the high stakes in the current economic hostage crisis brought on by those who created the deficit that all except the wealthiest Americans are expected to pay down at the cost of killing economic recovery, we get an update on the latest insanity on Capitol Hill. Thomas Ferguson, professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts and a member of the advisory board of the Institute For New Economic Thinking, joins us.

 

July 27 - Who is Winning the Debt Debate?; American Plutocracy; Not Reporting Antiwar Dissent; "Salvation Boulevard"

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Lawrence Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota joins us to assess who is winning from the political brinkmanship in Washington that has our already weak economy held hostage to a threat of economic collapse unless political demands are Lawrence Jacobs

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We examine further the two America’s, the 99% majority of us who are trying to get by, and the 1% of millionaires and billionaires whose privileges the Republicans are prepared to fight to the bitter end to protect, even if it means destroying the economy. Sam Pizzigati joins us to talk about whether our democracy has become a plutocracy. He is the editor of the online newsletter “Too Much” and has and article at Alternet.com, “Plutocracy; If Corporations and the Rich Paid 1960’s-level Taxes, the Debt Would Vanish.”

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We hear from John Hanrahan, the former Executive Director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. With an environmental activist just being sentenced to two years in jail for protesting global warming, we discuss John’s article on Neiman Watchdog “At Least 1,400 arrests for anti-war dissent, but who’s counting? Not The Press John Hanrahan

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Larry Beinhart joins us. He wrote “Wag The Dog” that became a classic movie, and “Salvation Boulevard” just out in paperback with a movie version of it in the theatres. We talk about religious intolerance that leads to violence, a subject in the news and the subtext of “Salvation Boulevard”, a thriller in which a born-again Christian private eye’s faith is shaken to the core when he takes the case of a Muslin student suspected of killing his atheist professor.

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July 26 - The Economic Hostage Crisis Face-Off; Tea Party Tempests; White House Debt-Ceiling Strategy?

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We begin with the big story in the news and that is the economic hostage crisis, with an analysis of dueling speeches at the eleventh hour, the President’s and John Boehner’s. They were afforded equal time in the press, even though only one side is threatening to destroy the full faith and credit of the United States if they don’t get 100% of what they want. Jonathan Cohn, a senior editor at The New Republic joins us to discuss who is really responsible for the deficit and the debt.

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We talk to a presidential historian who studies both the American Right and the presidency. Allan Lichtman, the author of White Protestant Nation: The Rise Of The American Conservative Movement. He assesses the role of the Tea Party in preventing compromise as the American ship of state heads for the abyss.

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Then, in light of criticism from James Carville and others who faced a similar situation during the Clinton Administration when Newt Gingrich threatened to shut down the government, which he did, we talk strategy, which according to many is sorely lacking in the Obama White House.  Karl Agne, a campaign strategist joins us to explain whether Obama’s latest speech is too little too late, and what moves might be left for him before the economy is destroyed and his election chances end up as collateral damage.

 

July 25 - Rise of the Radical Right; A Christian Jihad in the US?; Pakistan: Playing with Fire

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In the wake of the targeted massacre in Norway, we begin with an analysis of the relationship between the resurgence of far-right extremism and political violence. Jonathan Birdwell, a researcher on the Violence and Extremism Program at Demos in London, joins us to discuss how the extreme right in Europe has not only become more palatable, but they have already exerted a gravitational pull on the center, with British Prime Minister Cameron and German Chancellor Merkel both recently proclaiming the death of multiculturalism.

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We examine further the rise of the radical right and Christian fundamentalism here in the United States with Frank Schaeffer, the son of one of the founders of the religious right.  He discusses the dangerous notion pervasive on the religious right amongst Christian fundamentalist and some Tea Party activists, that equates godliness with a hatred of government.

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We talk about a nuclear-armed country at war with itself, Pakistan. Washington Post correspondent Pamela Constable, the author of a new book Playing With Fire, joins us to explain a country she has reported on extensively, one that is riddled with corruption, devastated by natural disasters and terrorized by Islamic extremists.