July 31, 2011

Amy Goodman, Host of Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 900 television and radio stations in North America. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its "Pick of the Podcasts," along with NBC's Meet the Press. Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' for "developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media." She is also one of the the first recipients, along with Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald, of the Park Center for Independent Media's Izzy Award, named for the great muckraking journalist I.F. Stone. The Independent of London called Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! "an inspiration"; PULSE named her one of the 20 Top Global Media Figures of 2009. Goodman is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. Her latest book, Breaking the Sound Barrier, proves the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world. Enjoy this recently recorded program. www.democracynow.org


July 24, 2011

Dave Zirin, the politics of sports

Named of the UTNE Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World", Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine. He is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM Radio's popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. He has been called "the best sportswriter in the United States," by Robert Lipsyte. Dave Zirin is, in addition, a columnist for SLAM Magazine and the Progressive. His most recent book is Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love (Scribner).


July 17, 2011

Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow”

A longtime civil rights advocate and litigator, Michelle Alexander won a 2005 Soros Justice Fellowship and now holds a joint appointment at the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University. Alexander served for several years as the director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, which spearheaded the national campaign against racial profiling. At the beginning of her career she served as a law clerk on the United States Supreme Court for Justice Harry Blackmun.


July 03, 2011

Jeremy Holden, Media Matters for America

Jeremy Holden is a Deputy Research Director at Media Matters for America. He previously covered state government for The Daily Reporter in Columbus, Ohio, before moving to Washington, D.C., to study the effects of media frames on public policy and opinion. He earned a Master of Arts degree from the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, with an emphasis on researching the role of mass media in global governance. His master's thesis measured the role of media framing on shaping elite reaction to U.S. Supreme Court decisions.



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