William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, teaches courses in interpretive and qualitative research, urban school change, and teaching and the modern predicament. A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Bank Street College of Education, Bennington College, and Teachers College, Columbia University, Ayers has written extensively about social justice, democracy and education, the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise. He is currently the vice-president of the curriculum division of the American Educational Research Association, and a member of the executive committee of the UIC Faculty Senate. Call in and join the conversation.
*Repeat program from January 31st, 2010*
Janine Jackson is FAIR's program director and a frequent contributor to FAIR's magazine, Extra!. She co-edited The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s (Westview Press). And she co-hosts and produces FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin--a weekly program of media criticism airing on more than 150 stations around the country.
Jackson has testified to the Senate Communications Subcommittee on budget reauthorization for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She has appeared on ABC's Nightline, CNBC's Inside Business and CNN Headline News, among other outlets. This is a pre-recorded program.
Laura Flanders is the host of "GRITtv"* the new, daily, news-discussion and take action program seen on Free Speech TV and online at the popular blog site Firedoglake.com as wel as at GRITtv.org. She also serves as the host of RadioNation, the nationally-syndicated weekly radio program of the Nation Magazine. Flanders is also the author of Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Books, 2007), an investigation into what people at the grassroots know that Democratic party leaders could learn, and BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004), an expose of women in George W. Bush's Cabinet. Publisher's Weekly called Flanders' New York Times best-seller, "fierce, funny and intelligent." She wrote on Hillary Clinton in The Contenders (Seven Stories Press, 2007) and edited The W Effect: Sexual Politics in the Age of Bush, in 2004 for the Feminist Press. Let Bob and Laura do the work as you sit back and listen to their conversation.
Jessica Clark and Tracy Van Slyke coauthored Beyond the Echo Chamber - Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media.
Susan J. Douglas is a prize-winning author, columnist, and cultural critic, and the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Michigan. Her current book is Enlightened Sexism. She is also the author of The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Undermines Women (with Meredith Michaels, The Free Press, 2004); Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination (Times Books, 1999), which won the Hacker Prize in 2000 for the best popular book about technology and culture, and Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922 (Johns Hopkins, 1987). Douglas has written for The Nation, In These Times, The Village Voice, Ms., The Washington Post and TV Guide, and was media critic for The Progressive from 1992-1998. Her column "Back Talk" appears monthly in In These Times. Call and comment as Ms. Douglas and Bob will be live this Sunday