September 25, 2011

Lisa Graves from the Center for Media and Democracy

Lisa Graves is the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, the publisher of PR Watch, SourceWatch, and BanksterUSA. She previously served as a senior advisor in all three branches of the federal government, as a leading strategist on civil liberties advocacy, and as an adjunct law professor at one of the top law schools in the country. Her former leadership posts include:

Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy/Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Justice (serving under both Attorneys General Janet Reno and John Ashcroft)

Chief Counsel for Nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

Senior Legislative Strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union (on national security and surveillance policies)

Deputy Director of the Center for National Security Studies

Deputy Chief of the Article III Judges Division of the U.S. Courts (including oversight of the Financial Disclosure Office for judicial ethics)

Graves has testified as an expert witness before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. She has also appeared as an expert on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, C-SPAN, and other news programs and on numerous radio shows, including National Public Radio, Democracy Now!, Air America, and Pacifica Radio. Her analysis has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today, The Nation, Vanity Fair, Congressional Quarterly, Roll Call, National Journal, Legal Times, Newsday, Wired, and Mother Jones, among others, as well as online in The Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, and other blogs. Call and Comment!


September 18, 2011

Salim Muwakkil, senior editor of In These Times

Salim Muwakkil is a senior editor of In These Times, where he has worked since 1983. He is the host of "The Salim Muwakkil" show on WVON, Chicago's historic black radio station, and he wrote the text for the book HAROLD: Photographs from the Harold Washington Years. As an editor for In These Times for more than 25 years, Salim Muwakkil has forged a reputation as one of the country's most insightful writers on issues of African-American culture and politics. Muwakkil started his journalism career as reporter for the Associated Press in Newark, New Jersey shortly before graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Political Science. He soon moved on to become a copy editor and then managing editor at Muhammad Speaks-Bilalian News, the largest black-owned publication in the country. Upon moving to Chicago, Muwakkil joined In These Times' staff and became a contributing columnist to both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. Muwakkil has also written for the Washington Post, Chicago Reader, The Progressive, Newsday, Cineaste, Chicago Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, Z Magazine, the Toronto Star, Emerge Magazine, The Black Scholar, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Utne Reader. Muwakkil is a frequent contributor to "Chicago Tonight" and "Beyond the Beltway," two Chicago-based public affairs programs. Muwakkil has won a variety of journalism awards including the "Top Ten Media Heroes of 1994," from the Institute of Alternative Journalism, the "Black Rose Achievement Award for 1997," from the League of Black Women, the 2001 Studs Terkel Award for Journalistic Excellence from the Chicago-based Community Media Workshop and the 2004 Lillian Award for Excellence in Journalism, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. He was also a Crime and Communities Media Fellow of the Open Society Institute. In his spare time, Muwakkil serves as a board member for the Progressive Media Project and the Chicago-based Public Square. He has been a faculty member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest's Urban Studies Program, and an adjunct professor at Columbia College, Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. www.inthesetimes.com


September 04, 2011

Robert Reich

Robert Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written thirteen books, including The Work of Nations, Locked in the Cabinet, Supercapitalism, and his most recent book, Aftershock. His "Marketplace" commentaries can be found on publicradio.com and iTunes. This is a recorded program, so sit back and enjoy this Labor Day weekend program with Robert Reich and Bob McChesney. robertreich.org



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