Daily Briefing - Monday, October 25, 2010

Jay Rosen is a professor of journalism at New York University. His award-winning blog, PressThink, pressthink.org, puts forward critical analyses of journalism and the press. He is the author of the book, What Are Journalists For? and numerous articles for The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and others. He serves as a member of Wikipedia’s advisory board.

Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. He has written extensively about American politics, foreign policy and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Editor & Publisher and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, C-Span and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics was released in October 2010.

Jere Van Dyk is the author of In Afghanistan: An American Odyssey, an account of his travels with the mujahideen in the 1980s, during their struggle against the Soviet Union. Since then, he has covered stories all over the world, for The New York Times, CBS News, National Geographic, and others. His recent book Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban, is a chilling account of being kidnapped, imprisoned, and mysteriously released by the Taliban in the no-man's-land between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Background Briefing - Sunday, October 24, 2010

Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and former dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He founded the Saguaro Seminar, a program dedicated to fostering civic engagement in America. He is the author or coauthor of a dozen books including Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, Better Together: Restoring the American Community, and Making Democracy Work. His latest book, with David Campbell, is American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, which examines the complex interaction of religion and politics over the last 50 years and assesses how religion both contributes and detracts from the vibrancy and stability of American democracy.

Francis Megahy is a veteran TV and film writer, director, and producer. He joins us in the studio today to talk about his new documentary "The Best Government Money Can Buy?," a behind-the-scenes, comprehensive, and non-partisan examination of the system of lobbying in Washington, DC.

Daily Briefing - Thursday, October 21, 2010

Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding dean and distinguished professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science. Prior to joining UC Irvine, he taught law at Duke University and the University of Southern California, among others. His books include Interpreting the Constitution, Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies, Enhancing Government: Federalism for the 21st Century, and a brand new book called, The Conservative Assault on the Constitution. He frequently argues cases before the highest courts, including the Supreme Court.

Julia Bacha is an award-winning filmmaker who directed "Budrus" about a Palestinian village's sustained nonviolent struggle to save their land from the route of the Separation Barrier. Budrus won the second prize Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Previously, Julia wrote and co-directed the documentary Encounter Point which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, and received the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the San Francisco Film Festival. Julia co-wrote and edited Jehane Noujaim’s documentary, "Control Room" which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and for which she was nominated to the Writer’s Guild of America Award. She is Senior Producer and Media Director at Just Vision which supports Israelis and Palestinians who are working towards nonviolent solutions to the conflict.

Daily Briefing - Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Reverend Billy is an anti-corporate activist who takes the role of a revivalist minister with his Church of Life After Shopping. The Reverend and his gospel choir exhort consumers to abandon the products of large corporations and mass media. He also preaches a broader message of economic justice, environmental protection, and anti-militarism, protesting sweatshops and illegal and unnecessary wars. He is currently involved in a successful campaign to shame Wall Street banks into defunding coal companies involved in mountaintop removal.

Also joining us today is the Director and Choreographer of the Church of Life After Shopping, Savitri D.

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Daily Briefing - Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Robert Reich is Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written twelve books, including The Work of Nations, Locked in the Cabinet, Supercapitalism, and his most recent, Aftershock. The Next Economy and America's Future. His "Marketplace" commentaries can be found on publicradio.com and iTunes, and he blogs at http://robertreich.org

FROM THE INTRO: I'm Ian Masters and today we will look into one subject in the news and that is our economy, and how it is benefiting only a few while abandoning most of us, and ironically as a result of the economic stress caused by a few oligarchs on Wall Street, the billionaires are about to pull of an electoral coup and benefit further from their greed by helping elect right wing populist shills for corporate America who ironically were originally propelled by anger at the Wall Street bailout but will end up rewarding the Wall Street oligarchs. Go figure…

Joining us to discuss the economy and how it will effect the upcoming election is someone who will provide us with a much more tempered, elegant and incisive analysis of our predicament, Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor and the author of a brand new book we are offering up here today in support of The Daily Briefing and KPFK, Aftershock: The Next Economy And America’s Future

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