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

 

October 10 - How Wall Street Sees the Protests; Egypt's Sectarian Tinderbox; A Confab of Washington Insiders

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We begin with a Wall Street insider who was a former managing director at Goldman Sachs, to get a reading on how Wall Streeters are reacting to the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations.  Nomi Prins joins us to explain how the demonstrators on the street have little to no effect on those inside the tall buildings, 62% of whom are expecting higher bonuses this year, while much of the rest of working America is being downsized or terminated. Nomi Prins

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Then we go to Cairo, Egypt to find out who is behind the violent assault on Coptic Christian demonstrators that left 25 dead and more than 270 wounded. A former Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal Yasmine El Rashidi joins us to explain what happened and why, as the Copts, who make up over 10% of the Egyptian population, feel more and more helpless and threatened by Islamists and the army, who instead of protecting them from sectarian violence, mowed them down with tanks. Yasmine El Rashidi

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Finally we hear from Steve Clemons, the Washington Editor-at-large for the Atlantic, who organized a forum last week in Washington that featured top Obama Administration officials Joe Biden, Bill Daley, Valerie Jarrett and Tim Geitner etc., along with the likes of Antonin Scalia, Marco Rubio and Dick Cheney. We find out what transpired and what was learned from this conclave of Beltway titans. Steve Clemons

 

October 9 - Something's Happening in the Streets; America's Decade in the Graveyard of Empires; An Update From the D.C. Demonstrations

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We begin with Todd Gitlin, a former president of Students for a Democratic Society who helped organize the first national demonstration against the Vietnam war.  Now a Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, he has a recent article in the New York Times “The Left Declares its Independence” and we discuss the emerging “Occupy Wall Street” movement in terms of populist movements of the past and try to determine its political direction as we head towards a crucial election year. Todd Gitlin

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Then, on the tenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, we speak with Thomas Barfield, an anthropologist who has been visiting and studying Afghanistan for fifty years. As we continue to spend eight billion a month in a war-torn land of mud brick villages, he provides a perspective on the American decade, in a country often described as the graveyard of empires. Thomas Barfield

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Then finally we go to the on-going demonstrations in Washington DC against the war in Afghanistan and speak with one of the protest organizers Kevin Zeese of October2011.org, an organization which seeks to end corporatism and militarism. He served as Ralph Nader’s press secretary and spokesman in 2004 and has been a political activist since graduating from George Washington Law School in 1980. Kevin Zeese

 

October 6 - Live from Occupy LA

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First, we talk with one of the people who helped inspired the movement, Micah White, the Senior Editor of Adbusters, who in their 97th issue of the Adbusters magazine, called for the occupation of Wall Street. Micah White

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Then we speak with some of the protesters here beside city hall to get a sense of who they are, what they want, and how long they intend to stay here. And also try and find out what they hope and expect this spontaneous grassroots movement will achieve in restoring American democracy, economic opportunity and social justice for the 99% who feel abandoned by their government that is increasingly owned and controlled by the 1%. occupy la

 

October 5 - Occupy K Street and Main Street Too; Unions and Progressive Organizations Catching Up; Taking Up Arms Against The Assad Regime

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We first go to the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations in New York’s Zuccotti Park and speak with the author of a new book “Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress – And a Plan to Stop it”. Lawrence Lessig the director of the Edmond J Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, where he also is a professor of law at Harvard Law School, joins us from the demonstrations to discuss whether, as he hopes, the movement spreads to Occupy K Street, the lair of the lobbyists in our nation’s capitol, and Main Street. Lawrence Lessig

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Then we look into how unions and other progressive organizations are joining in with the spontaneous and grassroots, “Occupy Wall Street” protest movement. Les Leopold, a strategic consultant to the Blue/Green Alliance, that brings together trade unions and environmental organizations, joins us to discuss whether an authentic non-hierarchical populist movement is forming to counter the Tea Party an Astroturf repackaging of America's right wing. Les Leopold

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Then finally we talk with a Syrian Human Rights activist about the Russian and Chinese veto in the UN Security Council of tougher sanctions against the murderous Assad regime. Radwan Ziadeh, the founder and director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies, joins us to discuss the increasing likelihood that the Syrian opposition will take up arms and fight back against the regime from sanctuaries in Iraq and Turkey. Radwan Ziadeh