May 30, 2010

William Ayers, author of “To Teach”

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.

May 23, 2010

Janine Jackson

*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.

May 16, 2010

Laura Flanders of GRITtv

Laura Flanders is the host of "GRITtv"* the new, daily, news-discussion and take action program seen on Free Speech TV and online at the popular blog site as wel as at She also serves as the host of RadioNation, the nationally-syndicated weekly radio program of the Nation Magazine. Flanders is also the author of Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Books, 2007), an investigation into what people at the grassroots know that Democratic party leaders could learn, and BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004), an expose of women in George W. Bush's Cabinet. Publisher's Weekly called Flanders' New York Times best-seller, "fierce, funny and intelligent." She wrote on Hillary Clinton in The Contenders (Seven Stories Press, 2007) and edited The W Effect: Sexual Politics in the Age of Bush, in 2004 for the Feminist Press. Let Bob and Laura do the work as you sit back and listen to their conversation.

May 02, 2010

Author Susan Douglas

Susan J. Douglas is a prize-winning author, columnist, and cultural critic, and the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Michigan. Her current book is Enlightened Sexism. She is also the author of The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Undermines Women (with Meredith Michaels, The Free Press, 2004); Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination (Times Books, 1999), which won the Hacker Prize in 2000 for the best popular book about technology and culture, and Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922 (Johns Hopkins, 1987). Douglas has written for The Nation, In These Times, The Village Voice, Ms., The Washington Post and TV Guide, and was media critic for The Progressive from 1992-1998. Her column "Back Talk" appears monthly in In These Times. Call and comment as Ms. Douglas and Bob will be live this Sunday

April 25, 2010

Noam Chomsky

Chomsky has been awarded an amazing number of Honorary Doctorate degrees by universities around the world, which include the University of London and the University of Chicago. He delivered the Beckman Lectures at the University of California at Berkeley in 1967 and in 1969 presented the John Locke Lectures at the University of Oxford and Sherman Memorial Lectures at the University of London. Noam Chomsky is currently the Institute Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Noam Chomsky may be most widely known for his work in the field of linguistics but he is also known for his activism and outspoken criticism of United States policies, especially foreign policy. Chomsky is also said to be "the most often cited living author" and "one of the most respected and influential intellectuals in the world."

April 18, 2010

Jeremy Scahill on Media Matters with Bob McChesney

Jeremy Scahill is a Polk Award-winning investigative journalist. He is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine, where he reports on Iraq war contractors. His New York Times best-selling book Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army was published in 2007 by Nation Books. AlterNet named it best progressive book of the year. Blackwater was recently released in a thoroughly revised and updated paperback edition.

March 28, 2010

“You Are Not a Gadget” author Jaron Lanier

Lanier is a well-known author and speaker. His book "You are not a Gadget" was released in early 2010 by Knopf in the USA and Penguin in the UK. "Jaron's World" is his monthly column in Discover Magazine, currently on hiatus, and devoted to his own wide ranging ideas and research. He writes and speaks on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technological practices, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism. His lecture client list has included most of the well-known high technology firms as well as many others in the energy, automotive, and financial services industries. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Discover, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Harpers Magazine, The Sciences, Wired Magazine (where he was a founding contributing editor), and Scientific American. He has edited special "future" issues of SPIN and Civilization magazines. He is one of the 100 "remarkable people" of the Global Business Network. Call and Comment!

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