January 29, 2006

Salim Muwakkil, editor of In These Times

Our guest this week is Salim Muwakkil, a senior editor of In These Times, where he has worked since 1983, and an op-ed columnist for the Chicago Tribune. He is currently a Crime and Communities Media Fellow of the Open Society Institute, examining the impact of ex-inmates and gang leaders in leadership positions in the black community.

January 22, 2006

David Sirota, co-chairperson of the Progressive Legislative Action Network

Our guest this week is David Sirota. Sirota is the co-chairperson of the Progressive Legislative Action Network (PLAN) - a position he took after finishing a stint as a fellow at the Center for American Progress. He is also a Senior Editor at the In These Times magazine, and a writer for Working Assets, and a twice-a-week guest on the Al Franken Show. His recently completed book, Hostile Takeover, will be released later this Spring.

January 08, 2006

Kembrew McLeod, professor

Our guest this week is Kembrew McLeod. A journalist, activist, artist, and professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, McLeod is the author of Freedom of Expression: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity (Doubleday/Random House, 2005) and Owning Culture: Authorship, Ownership, and Intellectual Property Law (Peter Lang, 2001) and has written music criticism for Rolling Stone, TheVillage Voice, Spin, and Mojo. In 1998 McLeod trademarked the phrase "Freedom of Expression" as a way to comment on how intellectual property law is increasingly being used to fence off the culture and restrict the way we're allowed to express ideas. He is also the coproducer of a 2001 documentary on the music industry, Money for Nothing: Behind the Business of Pop Music, and a documentary on intellectual property law, Copyright Criminals (2005).