April 27, 2008

Patrick Cockburn, journalist

This week our guest is journalist Patrick Cockburn. He has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979, previously for the Financial Times and currently for The Independent. Cockburn has written four books on Iraq. Two, Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein and Saddam Hussein: An American Obsession, were written with his brother Andrew Cockburn prior to the war in Iraq. Two more were written by Patrick alone after the U.S. invasion, following his award- winning reporting from Iraq.

His most recent book is Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival,and the Struggle for Iraq.


April 20, 2008

Norman Solomon, author

This week our guest is Norman Solomon, author of Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State (October 2007).

A familiar voice for Media Matters listeners, Solomon is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics. He is founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts, and has been writing the weekly Media Beat column since 1992.

Solomon's book War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death was published in 2005. The Los Angeles Times called the book "brutally persuasive" and "a must-read for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee, or to arm themselves for the debates about Iraq that are still to come." A documentary based on the book was released in 2007.


April 13, 2008

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate

This week our guest is Professor Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel medal winning economist, and former vice-President and chief economist of the World Bank. He is the author, most recently, of The Three-Trillion Dollar War.



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