Lee C. Bollinger became the nineteenth President of Columbia University on June 1, 2002. A prominent advocate of affirmative action, he played a leading role in the twin Supreme Court cases-Grutter v Bollinger and Gratz v Bollinger-that upheld and clarified the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education. A leading First Amendment scholar, he is widely published on freedom of speech and press, and currently serves on the faculty of Columbia Law School. Bollinger and McChesney discuss Bollinger's new book, "Uninhibited, Robust and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century" www.columbia.edu/cu/president/docs/bio
Charlie Pierce may be a familiar name to NPR listeners from shows such as "Only a Game" and "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me." He joins Media Matters to discuss his new book "Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free."
Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts. Schor is currently working on issues of environmental sustainability and their relation to Americans' lifestyles and the economy and the emergence of a conscious consumption movement. She is a co-founder and co-chair of the Board of the Center for a New American Dream, a national sustainability organization.
Bob interviewed Howard Zinn in October 2008. Howard Zinn was the author of A People's History of the United States, among many works. Zinn was an acclaimed historian and political scientist, and was active in Civil Rights and anti-war movements in the United States for many years.
Pledge Drive Show with John Nichols and Terry Gross
Join Bob and John Nichols Sunday for our pledge drive edition of Media Matters.
Mark Weisbrot is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He has written numerous research papers on economic policy, especially on Latin America and international economic policy. He is also co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: The Phony Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2000). He writes a weekly column for The Guardian Unlimited (U.K.), and a regular column on economic and policy issues that is distributed to over 550 newspapers by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. He also writes a column for Brazil's largest newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and almost every major U.S. newspaper. He appears regularly on national and local television and radio programs. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy. Listen while he and Bob discuss Mark Weisbrot's collaboration with Oliver Stone on the film "South of the Border."
Stephen Kinzer and Bob discuss RESET: Iran, Turkey and America's Future
Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him "among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling. "RESET: Iran, Turkey,and America's Future" is his latest book. LIsten and join the conversation with Bob and Stephen Kinzer on Media Matters with Bob McChesney Sunday at 1pm.
Alex Gibney is the founder of Jigsaw Productions. An Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award-winning producer, he is well known for producing one of the top grossing documentaries of all time, "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room." In addition, Gibney is sought after for his experience in mounting large international productions, particularly multi-part series, such as Martin Scorsese's Emmy and Grammy award-winning "The Blues" and David Halberstam's "The Fifties." An accomplished writer and director in his own right, Gibney is the leading creative force behind many of Jigsaw's productions and is well known for crafting stories that take an unflinching look at the political landscape of America. His work as a writer/director includes: the 2008 Oscar-winning film "Taxi to the Dark Side," the 2006 Oscar-nominated film "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," and the current Magnolia Pictures release, "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson," featuring Johnny Depp. Call (800)244-9455 to join the conversation.
William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, teaches courses in interpretive and qualitative research, urban school change, and teaching and the modern predicament. A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Bank Street College of Education, Bennington College, and Teachers College, Columbia University, Ayers has written extensively about social justice, democracy and education, the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise. He is currently the vice-president of the curriculum division of the American Educational Research Association, and a member of the executive committee of the UIC Faculty Senate. Call in and join the conversation.
*Repeat program from January 31st, 2010*
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.
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