January 18, 2011 - NBC-Comcast; China's Hu Jintao in Washington; Haiti and Duvalier

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Craig Aaron, Managing Director of Free Press, discusses the FCC's approval of the NBC-Comcast deal. [See Free Press's statement on the merger.] Craig Aaron

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Gordon Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China, analyzes Hu Jintao's visit with Barack Obama. Gordon Chang

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Amy Wilentz, wrote about post-Duvalier Haiti in her books,The Rainy Season and Rainy Season: Haiti - Then and Now, comes to the studio to talk about her recent trip to Haiti and the situation there. Amy Wilentz

January 17, 2011 - "State of the Dream," Afghanistan, Lobbying in Congress

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Mazher Ali, of United for a Fair Economy, talks about the new report, "State of the Dream 2011: Austerity for Whom?" Mazher Ali

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Roger Morris, author of the forthcoming book, Shadows of the Eagle, examines US policy in Afghanistan. Roger Morris
Hear Part 3 Francis Megahy, writer and director of The Best Government Money Can Buy?, discusses prospects for the new Congress. Francis Megahy

January 16, 2011 - Tunisia; Banks and Foreclosures; MLK Day; Prophets of War

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Part 1 Blake Hounshell, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, talks from Qatar abut the situation in Tunisia. Blake Hounshell

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Michael W. Hudson, staff writer at the Center for Public Integrity and author of The Monster, talks about foreclosures and the potential crisis of municipal bond failures. Michael Hudson
Part 3 Gerald Horne, author of Fire This Time and The Final Victim of the Blacklist, puts Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy into broader context. Gerald Horne
Part 4 William Hartung talks about his book, Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex, on the eve of the anniversary of Eisenhower's "Military-Industrial Complex" speech. William Hartung

January 13, 2011 - Obama's Speech and American Politics; Lebanon and Hezbollah

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Congressman Bob Filner discusses the current political climate.

A 1961 Freedom Rider who confronted angry Tea Party mobs on election night 2010, Filner has had long experience with the effects of vitriolic speech.

Bob Filner

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Common Cause President and former Congressman Bob Edgar analyzes the state of poltical discourse and the continuing power of monied interest in politics. Bob Edgar

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Presidential historian Allan Lichtman, author of The Keys to the White House, places Obama's Tucson speech into context. Allan Lichtman

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Thanassis Cambanis, author of A Privilege to Die, talks with Ian about the current situation in Lebanon and Hezbollah's role in the fall fo the government. Thanassis Cambanis