October 19 - When Scandal Replaced Substance in our Politics; The Mother of all Political Scandals

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We begin with the extent to which scandal dominates politics today and how every political incident nowadays ends up with a “Gate” attached to it, the latest of which is the recent so-called Secret Service scandal which has yet to be branded Secret Service Gate, but stayed tuned. Matt Bai, the national political columnist at Yahoo News and a former chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine joins us to discuss his new book “All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid”, which traces the current fusion of news and infotainment to the scandal that erupted around Senator Gary Hart back in 1987 when he was the front-runner to be the next president of the United States, way ahead of George H.W. Bush in the polls, only to become the laughing stock of late night television and a footnote in history. We examine what happened to break the tradition of silence about the private lives of politicians, in particular presidents like FDR, JFK and Lyndon Johnson, who the press knew were engaged in extra-marital affairs but never went public with the information.

 

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Then we hear from John Dean in an interview I did with him back on August the 7th when his new book came out “The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It”. We discuss the mother of all political scandals Watergate and its legacy on journalism and in politics as the reforms that took place in the wake of Watergate are being rolled back and all political scandals since, whether large or small, have been given the “Gate” label whether they deserve it or not.

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October 16 - Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust ; The Star of Inequality for All

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We begin with a broad national and international perspective on the growing disparity of wealth and income gaps between the rich and the poor and speak with the Vice President for Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution Darrell West, the author of a new book “Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust”. He joins us to discuss the 1,645 men and women who control a massive share of global assets worth $6.5 trillion and what that means for the other 99.99998% of us and what we can do to reverse the capture of our politics by the super-rich as American democracy becomes more and more of a political game-show orchestrated by oligarchs who in turn work with an oligarch-controlled press to perpetuate the myth of an American dream and a meritocracy.

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Then we hear from Robert Reich who I spoke with back on February the 10th when the new documentary feature starring him “Inequality For All” was released. He was the former Secretary of Labor during the Clinton Administration and has since become a leading voice for the voiceless as he tries to lead a popular revolt against the domination of our economy and politics by a handful of plutocrats and giant corporations who have purchased the best government that money can buy.

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October 15 - Jessica Levinson sits in for Ian Masters

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We begin today’s show with Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School, discussing Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent, an organization dedicated to the exoneration of the wrongfully convicted.

 

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Then we are joined by Fran Seegull, the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Impact Assets. She helps shed light on the growing field of impact investing and creative ways to incentivize philanthropy.   

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Our last guest is Carla Marinucci, the Senior Political Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, who joins us to discuss the upcoming elections in California where we are seeing too little engagement from both the public and the candidates.

 

 

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October 14 - Jonathan Taplin sits in for Ian Masters

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With the 2014 Nobel Prize in economics just being awarded to Jean Tirole for his work studying monopolies, today we look into the rise of digital monopoly capitalism in the media industries. We begin and speak with Bob Kohn, a technology lawyer, entrepreneur and investor, about Amazon's domination of the book bussiness.   bob kohn

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Then we are joined by John Bergmayer, a senior staff attourney at Public Interest, to discuss the upcoming Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger and net neutrality.  ethan zuckerman

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Finally, we speak with Ethan Zuckerman about the role of Google and the ad-centered web economy. Ethan directs MIT's Media Lab and is the author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection ethan

 

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October 12 – Racial Politics in America; Keeping Racism Alive in Our Politics

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With the midterm election three weeks away, we will begin with the underlying issues of race in our politics following consistent and blatant efforts by Republicans in states like Texas, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin to restrict minority turnout at the polls in November in the name of protecting the sanctity of the vote. Doug McAdam, Professor of Sociology at Stanford University and a former Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences joins us to discuss his new book “Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America”. We look into how President Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 led to a break-up of the Democratic Party’s coalition of northern liberals and southern Dixiecrats, and the southern takeover of the Republican Party by these same Dixiecrats whose dominance of the GOP today has led to something of a civil war within the party between the insurgent Tea Party wing who represent the endangered white man in America and traditional conservatives who recognized that race-based voter suppression is alienating the fastest-growing constituency, the Latino vote, and that is not a winning strategy for the GOP over the long term.

 

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Then we look further into the politics of race and race-baiting with Ian Haney Lopez, a Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class”. I spoke with Ian Haney Lopez back on February 19thwhen we discussed his analysis of our divided politics in which the younger generation are leading us into a post-racial and post-sexual America, while the current Republican Party is heading in the opposite, keeping racism alive to rile up their voters and drive them to the polls.

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