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

 

October 12 - A Voice of the Working Class Emerges; The Price of Civilization; California's Cruel Prison System

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We begin with Jesse LaGreca who has been active with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement since the beginning. His confrontation with a Fox News producer went viral on the Internet, although predictably Fox News chose not to air Jesse’s eloquent response to the Fox propagandist’s dismissive questions. Jesse did appear last Sunday on ABC’s incestuous Beltway gabfest “This Week”, where he pointed out to the patronizing pundits that he was probably the first working class guest they had ever had on their program. Jesse LaGreca
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Then we speak with Jeffrey Sachs, the Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the author of “The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity”. With one political party embracing ignorance and denial and the other unsure of what it stands for, we will discuss Jeffrey Sach’s urgent call for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundation of a national prosperity. Jeffrey Sachs
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Then finally we speak with veteran political correspondent Bill Boyarsky about California’s cruel prison system and how the burgeoning prison population in the United States relates to unemployment, as millions of mostly minority young men are warehoused by the prison industrial complex that profits from laws like California’s Three Strikes that continues to feed inmates into the system. Bill Boyarsky

 

October 11 - A Bizarre and Brazen Plot; A Founder of Iran's I.R.G.C. on the Plot; Republican Bigotry Will Pay Off For Perry

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We begin in a moment and examine the explosive allegations leveled by Attorney General Holder at a press conference today, announcing the arrest of an Iranian/American involved in an alleged plot with Iran’s Al Quds force to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States. Dr Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council joins us to shed some light on this bizarre and reckless plot. trita parci

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Then we speak with a former founder of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps Moshen Sazagara to try to understand who authorized such a brazen assassination of a close confident of the Saudi king on American soil. We will discuss the reasons behind tensions between the Iranian regime and the Saudis as Iran suffers foreign policy setbacks in the region with the Syrian regime it supports teetering and rival Turkey assuming a more assertive and leading role in the region. moshen sazagara

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Then with the latest Republican presidential debate underway, we look into religious bigotry that may play a decisive role in whether Mitt Romney gets the nomination or not. A former insider in the right wing evangelical movement Frank Schaeffer joins us to discuss why Christian fundamentalists consider the Mormon Church a cult and why they will en masse vote for Governor Perry, who Mitt Romney has demanded should repudiate bigoted comments made by a pastor close to the Texas governor. Frank Schaefer