Norman Solomon wrote the nationally syndicated "Media Beat" weekly column from 1992 to 2009. His latest book, "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State," documents five decades of rising American militarism and the media’s all-too-frequent failure to challenge it. Solomon's unique weave of personal narrative and historical inquiry, Daniel Ellsberg notes in the foreword, “helps us understand where we are now and how we got here.” Solomon's book "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death," was the basis of a documentary of the same name released in 2007.
Solomon is the founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts. He is also the co-founder and Senior Fellow of RootsAction, an online initiative dedicated to galvanizing Americans who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection -- and defunding endless wars. He recently ran a 2012 congressional campaign for California's 6th congressional district.
Josh Silver, CEO of United Republic, is a veteran election and media reform executive. He was the campaign manager for the successful 1998 Arizona Clean Elections (public funding) ballot initiative campaign and is the cofounder along with Bob McChesney and John Nichols, and former CEO of Free Press, the nation’s leading media and technology reform advocacy organization. He was the director of development for the cultural arm of the Smithsonian Institution.
Josh has published widely on media, telecommunications, campaign finance and other public policy issues. Silver has been profiled the Wall Street Journal and featured in outlets including the New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Salon.com, C-SPAN, and NPR. He speaks regularly on media and technology issues and blogs at The Huffington Post.
Prolific writer and journalist Chris Hedges joins us this Sunday to discuss his newest book, "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt." In collaboration with graphic artist, Joe Stacco, Hedges investigates the impact of unfettered capitalism on American life. Part graphic novel, part journalistic narrative, "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt," offers a unique glimpse into the American experience living in the capitalist state.
Hedges, whose column is published Mondays on Truthdig, is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City and has taught at Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University. Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. He currently teaches inmates at a correctional facility in New Jersey.
Susan Saladoff (Producer, Director) spent twenty-five years practicing law in the civil justice system, representing injured victims of individual and corporate negligence. She stopped practicing law in 2009 to make the documentary, HOT COFFEE, her first feature-length film. She began her career as a public interest lawyer with the law firm of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, now known as Public Justice, an organization that, for the last 25 years, has been at the forefront of keeping America’s courthouse doors open to all. Susan was recognized by her peers as an Oregon Super Lawyer for five consecutive years from 2006 to 2010. She is a graduate of Cornell University and George Washington University Law School, and has frequently lectured at the state and national levels on the importance of the civil justice system. Copies of the DVD at hotcoffeethemovie.com or queue the film on Netflix.
This episode originally aired on October 9, 2011.