January 27, 2008

David Sirota, author of The Uprising

This week our guest is David Sirota. Sirota is a political journalist, nationally syndicated weekly newspaper columnist and bestselling author living in Denver. He is widely known for his reporting on political corruption, globalization and working-class economic issues often ignored by both of America's political parties.

January 20, 2008

Kathryn Montgomery, professor at American University

This week our guest is Kathryn Montgomery. Montgomery is a professor in the Public Communication division of the School of Communication at American University in Washington DC and heads the Center's Youth, Media and Democracy project. For 12 years, she was President of the DC-based Center for Media Education (CME), which she co-founded in 1991. During her tenure at CME, Montgomery's research, publications, and testimony helped frame the national public policy debate on a range of critical media issues. She led a coalition of child advocacy, health, and education groups in a series of successful advocacy campaigns, leaving behind a legacy of policies on behalf of children and families. They include: a Federal Communications Commission rule requiring a minimum of three hours per week of educational/informational television programming for children; a content-based ratings system for TV programs; and the first federal legislation to protect children's privacy on the Internet. Montgomery is the author of Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet, available from MIT Press.

January 06, 2008

Sut Jhally, Professor at University of Massachusetts

This week our guest is Sut Jhally. Jhally is Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts and founder and Executive Director of the Media Education Foundation. He is one of the world's leading scholars looking at the role played by advertising and popular culture in the processes of social control and identity construction. The author of numerous books and articles on media(including The Codes of Advertising and Enlightened Racism) he is also an award-winning teacher.

He is best known as the producer and director of a number of films and videos (including Dreamworlds: Desire/Sex/Power in Music Video; Tough Guise: Media, Violence and the Crisis of Masculinity; and Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire) that deal with issues ranging from gender, sexuality and race to commercialism, violence and politics. Born in Kenya, raised in England, educated in graduate studies in Canada, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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