July 24 - Tragedy in Norway - Tone Bringa; Thomas Hegghammer; The Economic Hostage Crisis - Alan Grayson

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We speak with a Norwegian cultural Anthropologist Dr. Tone Bringa, to try to find an explanation for how such callous and methodical mayhem could occur in a country famous for its tolerance, social peace and cohesion. Tune Bringa

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Dr. Thomas Hegghammer, a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment, joins us to help explain how the mass murderer was able to kill so many young people for so long, how he got his weapons and explosives and what motivated the killer. Dr Hegghammer is quoted in Sunday’s New York Times pointing out the irony that the killer’s manifesto is an exact mirror image of Al Qaeda’s declarations and manifestos.

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Congressman Alan Grayson joins us to try to make sense of the economic hostage crisis in Washington DC that has the president being whipsawed by Republican walkouts and blackmail to extract concessions by threatening to crash the economy. We will talk about Congressman Grayson’s nationwide petition at No-cuts.com demanding that there be no cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

 

July 21 - Anxiety in Kabul as U.S. Begins Withdrawal; Grover Norquist the No-Tax Eminence Grise ; The Triple Agent

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We begin with long-time Afghan observer Thomas Barfield, the author of “Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History.” He is in Kabul where there is growing apprehension as the withdrawal of US and NATO troops begins, that the Taliban will take over.  We discuss the possible scenarios that might follow and the regional players who could fill the vacuum.

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Then we examine the power of Grover Norquist who has 95% of Republican lawmakers signed on to his no-tax pledge and when he even suggested that not extending the Bush tax cuts might not be a tax increase, he set of a firestorm forcing a quick retraction. Michael Ettlinger, who is Vice President for Economic Policy at the Center For American Progress joins us. We try to find out why this obscure Washington power player has so much influence and who his financial backers are.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joby Warrick who covers national security for the Washington Post joins us. He is the author of a new book, “The Triple Agent: The Al Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA.”  We look into the shocking story he has uncovered that led to one of the greatest disasters in the CIA’s history.

 

July 20 - The Greek Debt Crisis; Selling out Medicare?; The Too Big to Fail Media Tycoon.

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Matias Vernengo, a professor of Economics at the University of Utah, who is in Geneva working with the United Nations Development Program, joins us to talk about the Greek debt crisis that has the leaders of France and Germany huddled in Berlin trying to avert a default that is all but inevitable. We discuss whether it will be an orderly default or a disorderly one that could drag down the Eurozone with it. 

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We talk about the fate of Medicare that is apparently a key part of the President’s compromise with the Republicans in both the big 4 trillion dollar deal he wants and the 3.7 trillion deal the so-called "Gang of Six" Senators are calling for. Ethan Rome joins us.  He is the Executive Director of Healthcare For America Now, a public interest group defending the much maligned Healthcare Reform bill that is supposed to reduce out-of-control heathcare costs that are the biggest contributors to the deficit.

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Former Federal Communications Commission commissioner Nicholas Johnson talks about how citizens in a democracy can take back the public airwaves media tycoons like Rupert Murdoch have been allowed to take over and not just increasingly control news and information, but own our politicians and decide who gets elected and who does not.

 

July 19 - Rupert Murdoch Called on the Carpet

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First we went to London and spoke with the Deputy Editor of the British satirical magazine Private Eye, Francis Wheen. We looked into the testimony of Rupert and James Murdoch and Rebecca Brooks before the U.K. House of Commons Culture Committee which went from humble to pie in as much as Rupert Murdoch went out of his way to express humility and say how he was humbled by the hacking scandal. Then later in the hearing, one Johnnie Marbles attacked him with a pie made of shaving cream.

 

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We examine further the inquiry into the activities of News International and the Murdoch media empire with media critic Robert McChesney, the author of “The Death And Life of American Journalism” and “Will The Last Reporter Turn out The Lights: The Collapse of Journalism and What we can do about it”. We not just discussed the events in London, but the influence here in the United States of Rupert Murdoch on journalism and the media.

 

July 18 - Robert Kuttner: Save Obama from Himself; Afghanistan Now; Slowness as a Virtue

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We begin with the economic hostage crisis situation in Washington, DC where Republicans are using the threat of economic collapse to extort concessions from a President who has to run for re-election on a weak economy they are weakening further. Former chief investigator for the US Senate Banking Committee and a 20 year columnist for Business Week, Robert Kuttner, joins us to discuss his latest article in the Huffington Post, “The End Game: Saving Obama From Himself.” Robert Kuttner

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With General Petraeus’ departure of from Afghanistan to head up the CIA, we look into whether or not the Petraeus surge was a success, since it depends on political stability and the quality of the Afghan army. Former Afghan Analyst at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Marvin Weinbaum, joins us to discuss the recent series of assassinations including Karzai’s brother Wali, that indicate less stability and more success for the Taliban, as a drawdown of U.S. troops begins. Marvin Weinbaum

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We talk about the unexpected and unintended consequence of the so-called “Carmageddon” hysteria that predicted gridlock, but instead delivered a calm and clean Los Angeles, where you could hear the birds and not the traffic, where you could breathe fresh air and where Angelenos relaxed at home with their families. Maybe we should demolish freeway bridges more often. The godfather of the slow movement, Carl Honore', joins us. He is the author of In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed. Carl Honore