Our guest this week is Matt Taibbi, the journalist and political writer. Taibbi currently works at Rolling Stone where he authors a column called "Road Rage" for the print version, and an additional weekly online-only column called "The Low Post". He is best known for his coverage of the 2004 US presidential election, and for his former editorial positions at newspapers the eXile, the New York Press, and the Beast. Recently, Taibbi has been a regular contributor to Real Time with Bill Maher.
Our guest this week is Matthew Rothschild. Rothschild is the editor of The Progressive magazine, which is one of the leading voices for peace and social justice in this country. Rothschild has appeared on Nightline, C-SPAN, The O'Reilly Factor, and NPR, and his newspaper commentaries have run in the Chicago Tribune, the L.A. Times, the Miami Herald, and a host of other newspapers.
Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research
Our guest this week is Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. His blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting. He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Michigan.
He has written numerous books and articles, including Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy (2009), The United States Since 1980 (2007) and The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer.
Susan Douglas, Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan
Our guest this week is Susan Douglas, Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. Her two broad areas of interest are the history of broadcasting, especially radio, and the representation of gender in the media.
Professor Douglas has written many books including The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it has Undermined Women (with Meredith Michaels); Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media; Inventing American Broadcasting; and Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination, which won the 2000 Sally Hacker Popular Book Prize from the Society for the History of Technology. Her column "Back Talk" appears in In These Times every month.