Journalist John Nichols
Long time friend and colleague of Bob, John Nichols joins Bob this Sunday.His most recent book, Uprising, captures the protest movement that captivated the nation and paved the path for Occupy Wall Street. More than 100,000 public employees, teachers, students, and their allies descended on the capital in Madison, Wisconsin after Governor Scott Walker announced his plan to eliminate the right of public sector employees to unionize. Uprising provides an anatomy of the event and its...
American journalist, media critic, Norman Solomon
Norman Solomon wrote the nationally syndicated "Media Beat" weekly column from 1992 to 2009. His latest book, "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State," documents five decades of rising American militarism and the media's all-too-frequent failure to challenge it. Solomon's unique weave of personal narrative and historical inquiry, Daniel Ellsberg notes in the foreword, "helps us understand where we are now and how we got here." Solomon's book "War Made Easy: How...
Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist and syndicated columnist, author and host of the daily, independent global news hour, Democracy Now!, which airs on more than 1,070 public television and radio stations worldwide. A driving force in the movement to rebuild the public media landscape, Democracy Now! presents people and perspectives rarely heard in the corporate media.Goodman's fifth book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope,...
Sportswriter Dave Zirin on the Olympics
Named one of UTNE Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World", Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine. He is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Winner of Sport in Society and Northeastern University School of Journalism's 2011 'Excellence in Sports Journalism' Award, Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM Radio's popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. He has been called "the best sportswriter in the United States," by Robert...
Award Winning Journalist Glenn Greenwald
Glenn Greenwald is a former Constitutional and civil rights litigator and is the author of three New York Times Bestselling books: two on the Bush administration's executive power and foreign policy abuses, and his latest book, With Liberty and Justice for Some, an indictment of America's two-tiered system of justice. Greenwald was named by The Atlantic as one of the 25 most influential political commentators in the nation. He is the recipient of the first annual I.F. Stone Award for...
Tom Engelhardt on The United States of Fear
"Tom Engelhardt, who founded and runs the popular website TomDispatch, is a politician's worst nightmare. In his new book, The United States of Fear, Engelhardt criticizes the right and the left in equal measure, challenging both former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama for the wars they have engaged in and the costs associated with those wars. Engelhardt's popular columns... and his own site was borne out of the post-9/11 haze. That's according to Engelhardt himself, who...
Noam Chomsky joins Bob this Sunday
Noam Chomsky is a US political theorist and activist, and institute professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Besides his work in linguistics, Chomsky is internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today. Chomsky continues to be an unapologetic critic of both American foreign policy and its ambitions for geopolitical hegemony and the neoliberal turn of global capitalism, which he identifies in terms of class...
Richard Maxwell & Toby Miller on Greening the Media
"Someone once said that people should never go into the kitchen of a restaurant where they enjoy eating. Toby Miller and Richard Maxwell take us into the electronic media's kitchen, and the food will never taste the same again. In a brilliant, even stunning, expose of the environmental practices and impact of media corporations, Greening the Media is one of the most important media books in years. Extremely readable and entertaining, this highly original and well-researched book should be...
Danielle Chynoweth on the 2012 Grassroots Radio Conference and her politica
Local activist and organizer, Danielle Chynoweth joins Bob this Sunday to discuss the Grassroots Radio Conference, to be held this year in Champaign-Urbana, in addition to her work as both a politician and a political activist. Danielle facilitates strategic planning for the Prometheus Radio Project, a not-for-profit association dedicated to the democratization of the airwaves through the proliferation of non-commercial, community based, micropower radio stations. Co-founder of the...
Long time friend and colleague, John Nichols joins us in our summer pledge
Over the past decade, John Nichols has co-authored with Bob It's the Media, Stupid!, Our Media, Not Theirs, Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy and, most recently, The Death and Life of American Journalism. McChesney and Nichols are the co-founders of Free Press, the nation's media-reform network, which organizes the National Conference for Media Reform.This will be a pre-recorded show so sit back and relax while Bob and John talk shop...
Michael Perelman and Bob talk economics
Michael Perelman teaches economics at California State University, Chico. He has published 19 books, including, The Confiscation of American Prosperity, Railroading Economics, Manufacturing Discontent, The Perverse Economy, and The Invention of Capitalism. Prof. Perelman's most recent book, The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers, challenges mainstream economic thought to acknowledge how the capitalist context of labor, assumed as...
New York Times op-ed columnist, Paul Krugman, on his new book, End This Dep
The Great Recession is more than four years old--and counting. Yet, as Paul Krugman points out in his new book, End This Depression Now!, "Nations rich in resources, talent, and knowledge--all the ingredients for prosperity and a decent standard of living for all--remain in a state of intense pain."How bad have things gotten? How did we get stuck in what now can only be called a depression? And above all, how do we free ourselves? Krugman pursues these questions with his characteristic...
James Galbraith discusses inequality and economic instability.
As Wall Street rose to dominate the U.S. economy, income and pay inequalities in America came to dance to the tune of the credit cycle. As the reach of financial markets extended across the globe, interest rates, debt, and debt crises became the dominant forces driving the rise of economic inequality almost everywhere. Author James Galbraith, in his new book, Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis, challenges the standard economic notions on...
Dan Schiller discusses Communication history and the Internet.
University of Illinois Professor Dan Schiller, joins Bob this Sunday to discuss the history of communication and the Internet. UI Professor of Library & Information Science, Dan's most recent project is The Hidden History of Telecommunications, described as "an archivally grounded research project on telecom system development between the 1870s and the 1950s."This is a prerecorded show. We will return to live programming Sunday, June 3, 2012.
Professor Sundiata Cha-Jua discusses African-American history and recent bl
Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, from which he earned a Ph.D. in 1993, and in African American Studies. He previously taught in the History department and directed the Black Studies Program at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and taught history at Pennsylvania State University and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Dr. Cha-Jua received Advanced Certificates in Black Studies from...
"Leaks are not the problem; they are the symptom." -Heather Brooke
Heather Brooke is an American journalist and freedom of information campaigner. She's written three books including Your Right to Know, a vital guide to requesting information and documents under the Freedom of Information Act. Brooke, in assisting The Guardian, helped to edit and publish excerpts of the Wikileaks' US diplomacy cable leaks in 2010. Her most recent book, The Revolution Will Be Digitised, Brooke examines the struggle of governments and individuals alike to balance freedom and...
FAIR's Janine Jackson joins Bob this Sunday
Janine Jackson is program director of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) and producer/co-host of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. She contributes frequently to FAIR's magazine, Extra! and co-edited The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s (Westview Press).She has appeared on ABC's Nightline and CNN Headline News, among other outlets, and has testified to the Senate Communications Subcommittee on budget reauthorization for the Corporation for Public...
Linda McQuaig discusses Billionaire's Ball.
Linda McQuaig is a Canadian journalist, columnist and non-fiction author. She is author of nine books on politics and economics. Her most recent book, Billionaires' Ball, brings perspective to the notion of what it means to be a billionaire and how social norms and public policy have shifted to embrace an economic reality that was, at one time, considered monetarily impossible.
What do Condoleezza Rice, Rachel Maddow, and Gloria Steinem all have in com
When Jennifer Siebel Newsom's film Miss Representation premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, audiences were riveted, and Oprah Winfrey acquired its broadcast rights. Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom interwove stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from the likes of Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Lisa Ling, Geena Davis, Jane Fonda, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem to give us an inside look at...
Media Matters Celebrates Ten Years
Long time friend and colleague of Bob, John Nichols joins us in commemorating ten years of being on the air.His most recent book, Uprising, captures the protest movement that captivated the nation and paved the path for Occupy Wall Street. More than 100,000 public employees, teachers, students, and their allies descended on the capital in Madison, Wisconsin after Governor Scott Walker announced his plan to eliminate the right of public sector employees to unionize. Uprising provides an...