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Ralph Nader Radio Hour

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Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.

Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.

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United States

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Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.

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English


Episodes

Does Non-Violent Protest Work?

6/27/2020
Ralph reflects on the current unrest in the streets with Professor Michael G. Long, author of “We the Resistance: Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States.” Then, he welcomes Middle East scholar, Juan Cole, to speak about Netanyahu’s plan to annex 30% of the West Bank for Israel. Plus, Ralph addresses listener objections to his use of the term “Moscow Mitch.”

Duration:01:12:23

The Myth of the Warrior Cop

6/20/2020
Ralph welcomes back Glen Ford from Black Agenda Report to discuss the ongoing protests over police brutality and the myth of the “warrior cop.” Then Lisa Gilbert, executive vice-president of Public Citizen, tells us what they are fighting to get into the next stimulus package. Plus, Ralph updates us on the Boeing Max 8 issue.

Duration:01:14:49

What’s Wrong With the Biden’s Election Strategy?

6/13/2020
Ralph welcomes “the world’s greatest political adman,” Bill Hillsman, to discuss what Joe Biden and the Democrats need to do to beat Trump. And Susan Clark, author of “All Those In Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community” joins us to talk about the virtues of direct democracy.

Duration:01:16:02

Will We Be Able To Vote?

6/6/2020
Ari Berman, author of “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America” joins Ralph to discuss what needs to happen for Americans to be able to vote this November. Plus, Ralph talks about George Floyd, Boeing, and answers listener questions.

Duration:01:09:23

Aid to Yemen/Trump Above the Law?

5/30/2020
Ralph talks to Hassan El-Tayyab, from the Friends Committee on National Legislation, about how the US urgently needs to resume food and medical aid to Yemen in order to avert an even more serious humanitarian tragedy. And James Zirin, author of “Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits” comes back to update us on the status of Trump’s legal issues, and why they are taking so long to resolve.

Duration:01:07:29

The Tax Break Industrial Complex

5/23/2020
Ralph talks about how ending corporate tax giveaways and enacting a stock transfer tax can help the country recover from the recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic with first Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First and then New York State Assemblyman, Phil Steck. Plus, we pay tribute to a number of progressive activists and thinkers we’ve lost recently, including one of our favorite and frequent guests, the Green Cowboy, David Freeman.

Duration:01:14:14

Trump Death Clock/Saving the Post Office

5/16/2020
Award-winning filmmaker, Eugene Jarecki, joins Ralph to talk about the electronic billboard he put up in New York’s Times Square, the “Trump Death Clock.” And Mark Dimondstein, head of the American Postal Workers Union, reminds how the health and safety of postal workers as well as the preservation of the post office is essential for delivering medicines and other vital goods as well as protecting democracy. Plus, listener questions!

Duration:01:13:05

Crooked Prosecutors/AWOL Congress

5/9/2020
Former Governor of Alabama, Don Siegelman, who was convicted on dubious corruption charges and spent five years in prison joins us to talk about his chronicle of those events in his book “Stealing Democracy: How the Political Assassination of a Governor Threatens Our Nation.” And old friend and constitutional scholar, Bruce Fein, makes the case that Congress has once again abdicated its responsibility during the Covid-19 crisis.

Duration:00:57:27

Dr. Michael Osterholm on Covid-19

5/2/2020
Infectious disease expert, Dr. Michael Osterholm, comes back to update us on the latest in the battle against Covid-19. And Naila Bolus, president and CEO of “Jumpstart,” joins us to talk about how the money spent on early education gives society a tremendous return on investment.

Duration:01:09:42

Earth Day Turns Fifty!

4/25/2020
On the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, Ralph welcomes environmental historian, Adam Rome, author of “The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach- In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation.” And the Green Cowboy, S. David Freeman returns to talk about the state of the environment today. Plus, we debut a special song in honor of Earth Day.

Duration:00:57:59

Nurses on the Front Lines/Captain Bligh

4/18/2020
Jean Ross, president of the largest nurses’ union in the country, National Nurses United, joins Ralph to talk about how healthcare workers are not being protected from Covid-19. And Yale psychiatrist, Dr. Bandy Lee, comes back to update us on the Donald Trump’s mental pathology.

Duration:01:07:35

Big Tech, Bernie, and Benevolent Landlords

4/11/2020
Scholar and Bernie Sanders surrogate, Ramesh Srinivasan, joins us to talk about the need to regulate big tech while also sharing his thoughts about the end of the Sanders campaign. Then prominent Bay Area attorney, Joe Cotchett, explains why during the coronavirus lockdown, he has stopped collecting rent from the tenants in the commercial properties he owns.

Duration:01:14:02

Presidential Election Crisis

4/4/2020
Ralph welcomes Constitutional scholar Alan Hirsch to talk about how best - amid a pandemic - we can still conduct a legitimate presidential election. And labor writer, Steven Greenhouse, asks the question: Are our grocery deliveries worth a worker’s life?

Duration:01:03:43

Drugs in a Pandemic

3/28/2020
Ralph talks drugs with two experts, first Katherine Eban about how we can expect the coronavirus pandemic to affect the supply chain for every drug we import. And Jamie Love about how the government needs to keep pharmaceutical companies from gouging American taxpayers in a crisis, especially when the research and development of the drugs was done with taxpayer money. Plus, Ralph answers a question from a listener trapped in the credit economy.

Duration:01:00:17

Trump’s Lawsuits/Coronavirus Update

3/21/2020
Ralph speaks to James Zirin, former prosecutor and author of “Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3500 Lawsuits,” which chronicles how Trump throughout his life has weaponized the court system to his advantage. Plus, we welcome back the director of the Health Research Group for Public Citizen, Dr. Michael Carome, to give us an update on the coronavirus pandemic.

Duration:01:02:31

The End of Oil/Sanders vs. Biden

3/14/2020
Legendary water protector, Winona LaDuke, joins Ralph to talk about her vision for replacing the oil economy. And national correspondent for The Nation magazine, John Nichols, analyzes the latest in the battle between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders as they march toward the Democratic convention.

Duration:01:40:53

Voter Suppression

3/7/2020
Ralph invites filmmaker, Robert Greenwald, to talk about his new film, “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote,” about all the creative ways Republicans use to discourage people of color from voting. And the University of Redlands’, Shelli Stockton, joins us to promote the “tree plant-a-thon” organized in celebration of the 50 anniversary of Earth Day. Plus, Ralph talks Super Tuesday!

Duration:01:08:22

Lying About Science

2/29/2020
Ralph talks to the former head of OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, about how corporations pay scientists to do studies that deceive the public, chronicled in his book, “The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception.” Plus, David and Steve talk with Ralph about the coronavirus and the Democratic primary.

Duration:01:00:00

The Making of a Predator

2/22/2020
Ralph welcomes independent journalist, Monique El-Faizy, to talk about her book “All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator,” which chronicles 43 more women who have come forward with stories of the President’s sexual misconduct. Plus, Ralph, Steve, and David talk Trump’s pardons, Michael Bloomberg, electoral politics, and still have time to knock out some listener questions.

Duration:01:01:21

Maximum Wage/Universal Basic Income

2/15/2020
Ralph tackles the topic of income inequality from two angles. First, he talks to veteran labor journalist, Sam Pizzagati, about his book, “The Case for a Maximum Wage,” about a plan to link top wages to bottom wages. Then, Steven Shafarman returns to give us an update on the Universal Basic Income with his new book, “Our Future: The Basic Income Plan for Peace, Justice, Liberty, Democracy, and Personal Dignity.”

Duration:01:17:00