Peter Richardson writes about himself. "I teach California Culture at San Francisco State University and chair the California Studies Association. My new book is "A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America." It's about the San Francisco muckraker and premier leftist magazine of its day. I also wrote "American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams" about the man Kevin Starr has called "the single finest nonfiction writer on California--ever." By day I'm editorial director at PoliPointPress, which publishes trade books on politics and current affairs.
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of NYT's bestseller Nickel and Dimed and Bob talk about her new book, Bright-Sided, How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America. Barbara has written 16 other books, including Bait and Switch. She contributes to Harper's and The Nation, and has been a columnist with New York Times and Time magazine.
Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and blogger whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. He is a senior writer for The Daily Beast and a writing fellow for the Nation Institute. Bob and Mr. Blumenthal discuss his book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party.
Mark Contreras joined The E.W. Scripps Company in January, 2005 as vice president newspaper operations. He was promoted to his current position of Senior Vice President/Newspapers in March, 2006. Mark oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of the Scripps newspaper division, which includes daily and community newspapers in 13 markets, innovative Web-based information services and other related businesses. Mark is a member of the Executive Committee of the Newspaper Association of America and serves as its vice chairman. He is a board member of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts as well as Cincinnati Public Radio, a trustee of the Scripps Howard Foundation, and a member of the National Association of Multicultural Media Executives. He is former board chairman of the American Press Institute, as well as The Cabot Westside Clinic (Kansas City, MO), former trustee and executive committee member of the College Misericordia (Dallas, PA), former board member, Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association (Harrisburg, PA), and in 1996 was selected by Presstime magazine as one of the "20 under 40".
Robert Greenwald is a producer, director and political activist. Greenwald is the founder and president of Brave New Films. Under Greenwald's direction, Brave New Films has produced a series of short political videos, including the Fox Attacks and Real McCain campaigns. Robert Greenwald's Brave New Foundation is currently producing Rethink Afghanistan, a groundbreaking documentary being released online in real-time; the film features experts from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S. discussing the United States' flawed strategy in Afghanista