This week our guest is Lance Bennett. Bennett is a Professor of Communication at the University of Washington. He is also founder and director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement. The Center is dedicated to understanding how communication processes and technologies can enhance citizen engagement with social life, politics, and global affairs.
Bennett is author or editor of ten books, including News: The Politics of Illusion, (Longman, 7th ed.). His most recent book is When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (Chicago, with Regina Lawrence and Steven Livingston).
This week our guest is Naomi Klein. Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestseller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. Her latest book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, is an international bestseller and was published worldwide in September 2007.
This week our guest is Tariq Ali. Ali is a novelist, historian, political campaigner and one of New Left Review's editors. He is the author of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Axis Of Hope (2006), Conversations with Edward Said (2005), Bush in Babylon (2003), and Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2002).
Rob Richie, executive director of FairVote
This week our guest is Rob Richie, executive director of FairVote, a non-profit organization acting to transform American elections to achieve equal access to participation, a full spectrum of meaningful choices and majority rule with fair representation and a voice for all. He is co-author of Every Vote Equal about establishing a national popular vote for president and Whose Votes Count, about proportional voting for American elections.