Live Chat Podcast: Robert Scheer on the Election
In this live chat session, Robert Scheer responded to readers’ questions and comments about his latest column, “Payback at the Polls,” dealing with the 2010 midterm election.
Wendell Potter on ‘Deadly Spin’
The health industry spinmaster-turned-whistle-blower says the consumer is funding the industry’s smear campaigns: “A big portion of what we spend or pay in premiums is skimmed off to operate and conduct these fear-mongering and anger-mongering campaigns.”
Truthdig Radio: Hedges, Scheer, Shockley and Prins
Truthdig editors discuss WikiLeaks with Chris Hedges, the pope with the Rev. Madison Shockley and Fed revelations with Nomi Prins in this radio special for Pacifica’s KPFK.
Slate Magazine Daily Podcast
Manners for the Digital Age #1: Missed Call Etiquette
Slate’s tech columnist Farhad Manjoo and Dear Prudence advice columnist Emily Yoffe debate social dilemmas caused by new technology. Today, do you have an obligation to return a missed call from a friend, even when the friend doesn’t leave a message?
Slate: The Consenting Adults Gabfest
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Emily Bazelon. This week: The Congressional tax cut battle, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and developments with California’s Prop 8
PBS News Hour
Shields and Brooks on Realities of Spending Cuts, Obama’s Need for a ‘Win’
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks analyze the week’s top headlines including the realities of dealing with the federal deficit and earmarks, debate over passing the New START treaty and how Obama shouldn’t come back empty-handed from the NATO Summit.
The Confab — Jan. 21, 2011
This week on the Confab: Obama’s report card and the downside of instant fame.
The Progressive Radio Show
My guest this week is Sami Rasouli, the director of the Muslim Peacemakers Team in Iraq. MP3 Download Visit http://www.progressive.org
Progressive Point of View
Blackwater’s Secret War in Pakistan
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President Obama’s Weekly Address
Weekly Address: Traveling Abroad for Our Economy at Home
In an address recorded in Seoul, South Korea, the President discusses his trip to Asia. He talks about his push to stop nuclear proliferation in North Korea, Iran, and around the world. He talks about promoting America’s principles for an open society in China while making progress on joint efforts to combet climate change. And talks in-depth about the primary objective of his trip: engaging in new markets that hold tremendous potential to spur job creation here at home. November 21, 2009.
President Obama’s Weekly Address (video)
Weekly Address: Help for Vets with PTSD
President Obama announces that the Department of Veterans Affairs, led by Secretary Shinseki, will begin making it easier for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to receive the benefits and treatment they need.
On Point Radio
Tariq Ramadan: Islam and the West
Tariq Ramadan talks about Muslims, America, and the future. Plus, hear from the scene of Chile’s dramatic mining rescue. His new books are “The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism” and “What I Believe.”
KCRW’s To the Point
The Gulf Oil Spill and the Blame Game
At a Senate hearing in Washington today, three companies pointed fingers at one another for what?s shaping up as a world-class disaster. Democrats, as well as Republicans, said offshore oil drilling still makes sense?if it?s made safer. Forensic investigators now report there were warnings of trouble and arguments over how to proceed before the deadly explosions 3 weeks ago. In the Gulf itself, the oil slick continues to grow as changing winds are pushing it west toward Louisiana. And on Reporter’s Notebook…. will other states follow Arizona’s example?
A Supreme Court Without a WASP: Good or Bad for American Values?
If Elena Kagan?s nomination is confirmed, it?ll be the first time in history there?s no white, Anglo-Saxon protestant on the US Supreme Court. There will be 6 Catholics and 3 Jews and nobody who did not go to law school at Harvard or Yale. Do religious background and education determine how a judge sees the law? What about ideology, legal philosophy, and sexual orientation? Does the high court’s changing makeup mark the end of white, Anglo-Saxon protestant domination of a country founded by WASP’s? Lastly, what happened to LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers?
Gadhafi Facing Setbacks at Home and Abroad
Moammar Gadhafi continues his holdout in Libya, as upheaval continues in the Middle East. Will Iran be affected by the rage for freedom or has it gained new influence in the region, without doing a thing? Also, President Obama meets with state governors.
Republicans Slash at State Budgets
Republican Governors are challenging the benefits won by public-sector unions, but a poll out today suggests a possible backlash. What would that mean for Governors like New Jersey’s Chris Christie, who’s made national headlines by vilifying teachers’ unions. Also, rebels appear to hold off pro-Gadhafi forces near Tripoli. On Reporter’s Notebook, the Wall Street meltdown? and the Oscars.
KRCW’s Left, Right & Center
Libya Showdown; Japan Fallout; Budget Ideologies
Libya is forced to call for a cease-fire, Japan battles to prevent a nuclear disaster, and politicians duke it out over the budget on Capitol Hill.
Libya; Nuclear’s Future; Michele Bachmann; Plunging Home Sales
What’s the US’ endgame in Libya? What’s next for nuclear energy in the US? Michele Bachmann, GOP presidential contender? And new housing sales hit record lows.
Any Clearer on Libya?; Budget Battle Heats Up; 2012 GOP Jockeying
Has President Obama clarified US doctrine in Libya? Also, continuing budget battles on Capitol Hill, and emerging GOP contenders for the 2012 presidential race.
Is America Ungovernable? History, Men and Women
Is America ungovernable? Are moneyed and special interests so entrenched that we cannot govern of, for and by the people? Also, is history made by great men and women? Or does the moment make the man/woman?
Obama’s Nobel Speech; Bank Bonuses; Healthcare; Blackwater/CIA
LRC weighs in on Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Also, Goldman Sachs says its top 30 or 40 execs won’t be getting bonuses this year. Is it just PR and another accounting trick? On healthcare, the Senate keeps throwing spaghetti against the wall. Will Anything stick? And Blackwater and CA in bed together — who’s surprised?
Governor Jan Brewer
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer discusses her budget recommendations and other priorities for the legislative session.
Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small provides a mid-week update on legislative news.
Payday Loan Reform
The merits of House Bill 2161, which seeks to reform the payday loan industry, are debated.
A look at best practices in juvenile justice with Beth Rosenburg of Children’s Action Alliance and Elisabeth Donahue, Executive Director of “The Future of the Children, a joint project of the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution.
Clean Elections Debate – Democratic Candidates for Corporation Commission
Meet the Democratic Candidates for Corporation Commission and find out where they stand on the issues. Invited to attend: David Bradley, Jorge Luis Garcia and Renz Jennings.
Local reporters review the week’s top stories
Primary Election Debate – Democratic Candidates for U.S. Senate
Meet the Democratic Candidates for U.S. Senate and find out where they stand on the issues. Invited to attend: John Dougherty, Cathy Eden, Rodney Glassman, and Randy Parraz.
HORIZON Special coverage of SB1070
Guests include: Paul Babeu, Pinal County Sheriff; Lydia Guzman, political activist; Carissa Hessick, ASU law professor; David Lujan, State Representative (Dem.); Stephen Montoya, attorney; Rick Murphy, State Representative (Rep.).
PRN – Greg Palast Investigates 1/22/09
ActionPoint – The Palast Report 1/23/09
Free Speech Radio News
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Sebastian Jones on Media-Lobbying Complex, Ibrahim Hooper on Islamville TV report
This week on CounterSpin: Paid-for pundits. If you’ve ever wondered who the so-called experts pontificating on cable news channels really are, a new investigation published in the Nation magazine gives you some answers. Reporter Sebastian Jones will join us to talk about the secret corporate PR sinners and lobbyists who pose as pundits — without viewers knowing who they’re actually working for. Also on CounterSpin today: Did a local Nashville TV newscast, which featured extremist anti-Muslim propaganda and warnings about the terrorist among us, spark a vandalism attack on an area mosque? Many Nashvillians, including many in the city’s Muslim community think so. We’ll talk with CAIR’s Ibrahim Cooper about anti-Muslim attacks and media responsibility.
Cyrus Safdari on Iran, Robert Alvarez on nuclear power
LINKS: — Iranaffairs.com –”Nukes Aren’t the Answer,” by Robert Alvarez (Commondreams.org, 2/15/10)
Mary Bottari on financial reform, Raed Jarrar on Iraq
This week on CounterSpin: A recent NBC-Wall Street Journal poll showed 74 percent of Americans believed not enough had been done to regulate the banking industry. But is the legislation the Senate is now considering anything like what those people has in mind? We’ll get an update on financial reform from Mary Bottari, director of the Real Economy Project at the Center for Media & Democracy. Also on CounterSpin today: Parliamentary elections in Iraq are generating some mixed messages in the corporate press — Victory At Last declares the cover of Newsweek, while newspaper accounts hint at, or even outright suggest, that plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq are going to need to re-evaluated. What should we make of the election, and the media’s off-again, on-again interest in Iraq? We’ll talk to Raed Jarrar.
Lynn Paltrow on Utah miscarriage law, Susan Linn on Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
This week on CounterSpin: A new law in Utah says women who miscarry, in some cases, should go to jail. You may have seen some coverage, but are journalists asking the right questions about the law’s implications, and is there a bigger story here that’s being missed? We’ll hear from executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Lynn Paltrow. Also on CounterSpin today, with a name like the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, you’d expect such a group is going to upset some big corporations. And they have, including launching a very successful campaign against media giant Disney. Well, maybe a little too successful; the group itself evicted from its headquarters after Disney complained. We’ll talk to Dr. Susan Linn from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood about that story.
Best of the Left Podcast
(2010/11/02) Big Elections Show (Elections)
Edition #424 Big Elections Show
Act 1: Midterm erections – Colbert Report
Song 1: I’m Not the Man – MTV Unplugged: 10,000 Maniacs
Act 2: The donor Party – Rachel Maddow
Song 2: When I was a baby – The New Pornographers
Act 3: The argument for public financing of elections – MSNBC
Song 3: Everybody Wants to Rule the World – 20th Century Master – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tears for Fears
Act 4: The genesis of corporate personhood – Thom Hartmann
Song 4: Undone (The Sweater Song) – Weezer
Act 5: Left Behind – Paul Begala – Colbert Report
Song 5: Don’t Let It Bring You Down – Medusa
Act 6: Mcacca moments – Rachel Maddow
Song 6: Vote – Roots, Rock & Revolution
Act 7: Palin Envy – The Progressive
Song 7: Fool – Laundry Service
Act 8: Crazy to vote for GOP in 2010 – Young Turks
Song 8: Don’t Dream It’s Over – Smallville: The Talon Mix
Act 9: Extreme candidates – Rachel Maddow
Song 9: Strange Bath – I Heart Huckabees
Act 10: Commentary on extreme candidates – Countdown
(2010/11/04) Muslims are scary (Religious Tolerance)
Edition #425 Muslims are scary
Act 1: Applause for Bloomberg – The Progressive
Song 1: Falling Down – Falling Down
Act 2: The Parent Company Trap – Daily Show
Song 2: What I Am – Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars
Act 3: Images of N.Y. Islamic Center ment to “educate” – NPR
Song 3: Close Your Eyes – Too Young to Fight It
Act 4: Iran’s crisis of modernity – Daily Show
Song 4: Modern Way – Employment
Act 5: Juan Williams, religious conflict and war – Thom Hartmann
Song 5: I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Plans
Act 6: Of course we all feel that way – Citizen Radio
Song 6: Just a Ride – Finally Woken
Act 7: Threatdown, Muslim Edition – Colbert Report
Song 7: Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) – Lungs
Act 8: Religious and ethnic intolerance in the election – Rachel Maddow
Song 8: Creature Fear – For Emma, Forever Ago
Act 9: It’s a small minded world – Colbert Report
(2011/01/15) Health Care Debate Past and Present (Health Care)
(2011/01/23) The United States of America has gone mad (Foreign Policy)