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WILL - Media Matters - July 08, 2012

Richard Maxwell & Toby Miller on Greening the Media

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"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.


WILL - Media Matters - July 01, 2012

Danielle Chynoweth on the 2012 Grassroots Radio Conference and her political work

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(Duration: 53:01)

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.


WILL - Media Matters - June 24, 2012

John Nichols joins us in our summer pledge drive

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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.


WILL - Media Matters - June 17, 2012

Michael Perelman and Bob talk economics

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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.


WILL - Media Matters - June 10, 2012

Paul Krugman, on his new book, End This Depression Now!

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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."


WILL - Media Matters - June 03, 2012

James Galbraith discusses inequality and economic instability

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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.


WILL - Media Matters - May 27, 2012

Dan Schiller discusses Communication history and the Internet

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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."

This is a prerecorded show.


WILL - Media Matters - May 20, 2012

Professor Sundiata Cha-Jua discusses African-American history and recent black politics

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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.


WILL - Media Matters - May 13, 2012

American journalist and freedom of information campaigner Heather Brooke

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Heather Brooke is an American journalist and freedom of information campaigner. She's written three books including Your Right to Know, a vital guide to requesting information and documents under the Freedom of Information Act. Brooke, in assisting The Guardian, helped to edit and publish excerpts of the Wikileaks' US diplomacy cable leaks in 2010. Her most recent book, The Revolution Will Be Digitised, Brooke examines the struggle of governments and individuals alike to balance freedom and security, exploring the emerging faces of privacy, censorship, surveillance and oppression in the digital age.


WILL - Media Matters - May 06, 2012

FAIR’s Janine Jackson joins Bob this Sunday

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Janine Jackson is program director of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) and producer/co-host of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. She contributes frequently to FAIR's magazine, Extra! and co-edited The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s (Westview Press).

She has appeared on ABC's Nightline and CNN Headline News, among other outlets, and has testified to the Senate Communications Subcommittee on budget reauthorization for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Her articles have appeared in various publications, including In These Times and the UAW’s Solidarity, and in books including Civil Rights Since 1787 (New York University Press) and Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism (New World Library).

Jackson is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and has an M.A. in sociology from the New School for Social Research. Janine was one of Media Matters' first guests ten years ago.


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