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

 

July 17 - Murdoch's Crumbling Empire; Elizabeth Warren Passed Over; A View from Cairo

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With the arrest of Rupert Murdoch’s protégé Rebecca Brooks, we begin with the unfolding scandal that appears to be tearing the News Corp Empire and the Murdoch family apart. Journalist, editor, and award winning author James Fallows joins us. He is the National correspondent of the Atlantic and we will discuss the apparent payback the political kingmaker is getting in England where the spell has been broken as politicians no longer fear Murdoch and his minions.

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We look into the non-appointment of Elizabeth Warren to head up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau she founded which opens on Tuesday with a new person in charge, former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.  With the Republicans apparently determined to scuttle the new bureau, we look into the battle shaping up next week in Congress with Jennifer Taub, professor at the Vermont Law School, whose forthcoming book is titled, The Great Betrayal: How Washington Bailed Out Wall Street and Left Main Street Under Water.

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Yasmine El Rashidi joins us. She has an article in the current edition of the New York Review of Books, “Egypt: The Victorious Islamists.” We will discuss the stalled revolution and as the ruling Egyptian Military Council maneuvers with the Muslim Brotherhood to deny the revolutionaries the fruits of their victory in Tahrir Square.

 

July 14 - Robert Reich on Blackmail and Brinkmanship with the Economy; Age of Greed; The 193rd Nation

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Robert Reich joins us to discuss the economic hostage crisis situation going on in Washington DC as the full faith and credit of the United States is subject to blackmail and reckless brinkmanship while economic recovery and creating jobs takes a back seat to the so-called deficit and debt crisis.

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Then Jeff Madrick, the author of a new book “Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of Americajoins us.  He is an Economic Policy consultant and analyst and who explains the dismal economic trajectory we are on and how we got there.

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Then with South Sudan now officially the world’s 193rd nation, we speak with author and journalist Rebecca Hamilton who has just returned from the war front at the dividing line between north and south Sudan. She gives us an update on the reality on the ground, far from the lofty pronouncements in the UN Security Council, as this new nation, born out of war, faces an uncertain future

 

 

July 13 - Hezbollah and the Lebanese Tinderbox; AIPAC and a War with Iran; Government's Revolving Door

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We go to Cairo, Egypt to speak with Thanassis Cambanis, the author of A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel.  With a tense situation in Lebanon following the U.N. indictments of four members of Hizbollah accused of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri, we will talk about the wider regional implications of this explosive situation that is akin to the “guns of August” tinderbox that preceded World War 1.

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We examine further the scenario, based on warnings from senior Israeli Intelligence Officials that Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu will launch a war against Iran as early as September. M J Rosenberg joins us. He is a Senior Fellow at Media Matters focusing on Foreign Policy and Middle East affairs. We discuss the domestic political implication on the forthcoming elections should such a scenario unfold.

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We speak with David Levinthal, the editor of a new report by the non-partisan Center For Responsive Politics - “From Hired Guns to Hired Hands.” We will discuss the apparent lack of shame is Washington, DC where it is becoming more and more “business as usual” to trade public service for private gain, as the revolving door between lobbyists and Congressional staffers spins faster and faster.

 

July 12 - Robert Baer: War with Iran?; Afghanistan After the Assassination of Walid Karzai; A New Plantation Economy?

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Robert Baer, a veteran CIA operations officer who served in the Middle East, analyzes the hopeful changes underway as the Arab Spring has the Assad regime in Syria teetering and the Revolutionary Guards regime in Iran alarmed by events in Syria and increasingly paranoid about their own restive population. However, all hope for change could be dashed if, as senior Israeli Intelligence officials warn, the Netanyahu Government will likely attack Iran, leaving the compliant and supine superpower, the United States on the wrong side of history. Robert Baer

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Roger Morris continues the conversation about hopeful change amid the death rattle of empire. He served on the Senior Staff of the National Security Council and has just completed a history of U.S./ Afghan relations and covert activity in South Asia, Between The Graves. He will also discuss the assassination of Karzai’s brother Walid, the governor of Kandahar, who was monumentally corrupt and widely despised, may he rest in peace. Roger Morris

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We examine the real state of the American economy overshadowed by political gamesmanship between one party that apparently will be rewarded for wrecking the economy, and the other that will be punished at the polls for the resulting wreckage. David Ruccio, professor of Economics at Notre Dame University, will sort through this train wreck and assess how fast the United States is becoming a plantation economy. David Ruccio