Amy Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist and syndicated columnist, author and the host of Democracy Now! airing on more than 800 public television/radio stations worldwide. 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." The Independent newspaper in Britain named Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! "an inspiration"; pulsemedia.org placed Goodman at the top of their 20 Top Global Media Figures. 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. Call and speak with Amy and Bob.
Join Bob McChesney and John Nichols for a live show on Feb. 21st at the Siebel Center in Urbana. Admission is free. http://will.illinois.edu/site/headline/come-to-media-matters-live-event/
Barry C. Lynn is director of the Markets, Enterprise, and Resiliency Initiative, and a senior fellow in the New America Foundation's Economic Growth Program. He is author of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction (Wiley 2009) and End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation (Doubleday 2005). This is a live show - call and comment!
Sut Jhally is Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Founder and Executive Director of the Media Education Foundation (MEF). He is one of the world's leading scholars looking at the role played by advertising and popular culture in the processes of social control and identity construction. The author of numerous books and articles on media(including The Codes of Advertising and Enlightened Racism) he is also an award-winning teacher (a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Massachusetts, where the student newspaper has also voted him "Best professor"). In addition, he has been awarded the Distinguished Outreach Award, and was selected to deliver a Distinguished Faculty Lecture in 2007. Call and comment!
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. www.fair.org
Richard Benjamin's background is in academia, politics, and media. From 2001-2, he was Visiting Scholar at Columbia University School of Law. His scholarship has also earned professional support from Brown University and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He lectures on contemporary American politics and culture in the US and Europe. His social and political commentary is featured in newspapers nationwide, on NPR and Fox Radio, in the blogosphere, and in many scholarly venues. www.richbenjamin.com
Professor Robin Kelley is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the author of a number of prize-winning books with topics ranging widely, including but not limited to history of black radical movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa. He has written widely for publications such as The Nation, Monthly Review, The Voice Literary Supplement, New York Times (Arts and Leisure), New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone magazine. This is a pre-recorded program, so no calls will be taken.
Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols will be appearing on PBS's NOW. Information about this program can be found at will.illinois.edu/tv
Tom Englehardt is creator of Tomdispatch.com. Designed for readers seeking a deeper understanding of our post-9/11 world and a clear sense of how our imperial globe actually works. Tom Englehardt is the author and editor of numerous books, including the books The End of Victory Culture and The Last Days of Publishing.
John Cassidy is a journalist at The New Yorker and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. He is the author of Dot.con: How America Lost Its Mind and Money in the Internet Era and lives in New York City.