"Tom Engelhardt, who founded and runs the popular website TomDispatch, is a politician's worst nightmare. In his new book, The United States of Fear, Engelhardt criticizes the right and the left in equal measure, challenging both former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama for the wars they have engaged in and the costs associated with those wars. Engelhardt's popular columns... and his own site was borne out of the post-9/11 haze. That's according to Engelhardt himself, who told fellow TomDispatch writer Nick Turse in 2006: 'It was more an endless moment—those couple of months after 9/11 when, for a guy who was supposedly politically sophisticated, my reactions were naive as hell. I had this feeling that the horror of the event might somehow open us up to the world. It was dismaying to discover that, with the Bush administration's help, we shut the world out instead.' "
- Hamed Aleaziz, Mother Jones, February 2012
Noam Chomsky is a US political theorist and activist, and institute professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Besides his work in linguistics, Chomsky is internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today. Chomsky continues to be an unapologetic critic of both American foreign policy and its ambitions for geopolitical hegemony and the neoliberal turn of global capitalism, which he identifies in terms of class warfare waged from above against the needs and interests of the great majority.
Chomsky is also an incisive critic of the ideological role of the mainstream corporate mass media, which, he maintains, "manufactures consent" toward the desirability of capitalism and the political powers supportive of it. On the role of the mass media, Chomsky argues that the vested corporate interests controlling newspapers, television, and radio, no less than the content of what these outlets offer, form what he and Edward Hermann in their seminal study Manufacturing Consent call a "propaganda model" supine in the service of power.
Chomsky's bibliography consists of over one hundred titles, spanning over sixty year's worth of work and research, vastly contributing to the public dialogue of both linguistics and politics. Prof. Chomsky's most recent publications include ponderings on anarchy, international politics, human rights, and the Occupy movement
"Someone once said that people should never go into the kitchen of a restaurant where they enjoy eating. Toby Miller and Richard Maxwell take us into the electronic media's kitchen, and the food will never taste the same again. In a brilliant, even stunning, expose of the environmental practices and impact of media corporations, Greening the Media is one of the most important media books in years. Extremely readable and entertaining, this highly original and well-researched book should be mandatory reading for everyone with a cell phone or a flat-screen television." --Robert W. McChesney, coauthor of The Death and Life of American Journalism
Richard Maxwell is Professor and Chair of Media Studies at Queens College, City University of New York. Toby Miller is Distinguished Professor of Media & Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.
Local activist and organizer, Danielle Chynoweth joins Bob this Sunday to discuss the Grassroots Radio Conference, to be held this year in Champaign-Urbana, in addition to her work as both a politician and a political activist. Danielle facilitates strategic planning for the Prometheus Radio Project, a not-for-profit association dedicated to the democratization of the airwaves through the proliferation of non-commercial, community based, micropower radio stations. Co-founder of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, Danielle currently serves on the Board of the UC-IMC.
Danielle has presented on independent media and arts at the National Conference for Media Reform, Allied Media Conference, Midwest Social Forum, Creative Media Workshops in Thailand, and as part of the School for Designing a Society in Italy and Evergreen State College. She holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the New School for Social Research.
Over the past decade, John Nichols has co-authored with Bob It's the Media, Stupid!, Our Media, Not Theirs, Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy and, most recently, The Death and Life of American Journalism. McChesney and Nichols are the co-founders of Free Press, the nation's media-reform network, which organizes the National Conference for Media Reform.
This will be a pre-recorded show so sit back and relax while Bob and John talk shop and please, if you value Media Matters as a locally sourced avenue for national figures to discuss media and politics, please consider a gift to Media Matters and Illinois Public Media. To those who have already given this year, THANK YOU! We are over 89% of the way towards our bi-annual fundraising goal, and could not have done it without you! To those who need a little extra nudge, we are offering both John Nichols' most recent book, Uprising, and Glenn Greenwald's And Liberty and Justice for Some as another way to say thank you to our financial supporters.
Michael Perelman teaches economics at California State University, Chico. He has published 19 books, including, The Confiscation of American Prosperity, Railroading Economics, Manufacturing Discontent, The Perverse Economy, and The Invention of Capitalism. Prof. Perelman's most recent book, The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers, challenges mainstream economic thought to acknowledge how the capitalist context of labor, assumed as default, limits the breadth of economic inquiry, dialogue and evolution.
Prof. Perelman's is currently working on a new book entitled, Sex, Lies, and Economics: The Amazing Story of Economics and Economists Before Adam Smith, of which selected portions are available on his actively maintained blog, unsettling economics: A Progressive Look At Economics and the Rest of the Screwed Up World.
The Great Recession is more than four years old—and counting. Yet, as Paul Krugman points out in his new book, End This Depression Now!, "Nations rich in resources, talent, and knowledge—all the ingredients for prosperity and a decent standard of living for all—remain in a state of intense pain."
How bad have things gotten? How did we get stuck in what now can only be called a depression? And above all, how do we free ourselves? Krugman pursues these questions with his characteristic lucidity and insight. He has a powerful message for anyone who has suffered over these past four years—a quick, strong recovery is just one step away, if our leaders can find the "intellectual clarity and political will" to end this depression now.
Paul Krugman is professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics, and, perhaps, his best-known job, as an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. In recognition of his influence The Washington Monthly called him "the most important political columnist in America."
As Wall Street rose to dominate the U.S. economy, income and pay inequalities in America came to dance to the tune of the credit cycle. As the reach of financial markets extended across the globe, interest rates, debt, and debt crises became the dominant forces driving the rise of economic inequality almost everywhere. Author James Galbraith, in his new book, Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis, challenges the standard economic notions on both the right and the left. Providing rigorous, historic evidence, Galbraith "demonstrates that finance is the driveshaft that links inequality to economic instability."
James K. Galbraith is professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations. He is a leading economist whose books include The Predator State, Inequality and Industrial Change, and Created Unequal.
University of Illinois Professor Dan Schiller, joins Bob this Sunday to discuss the history of communication and the Internet. UI Professor of Library & Information Science, Dan's most recent project is The Hidden History of Telecommunications, described as "an archivally grounded research project on telecom system development between the 1870s and the 1950s."
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Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, from which he earned a Ph.D. in 1993, and in African American Studies. He previously taught in the History department and directed the Black Studies Program at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and taught history at Pennsylvania State University and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Dr. Cha-Jua received Advanced Certificates in Black Studies from Northeastern University in 1992 and from the National Council for Black Studies, Director’s Institute in 1992.
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