Steve Early was a Boston-based international representative or organizer for the Communications Workers of America for 27 years. Prior to working for CWA, he served as a headquarters staffer for the United Mine Workers and staff attorney and newspaper editor for the Professional Drivers Council (merged in 1979 into Teamsters for a Democratic Union). As a free-lance labor journalist, he has written for The Nation, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, and various other publications. A collection of Early's "participatory labor journalism" was published in May, 2009, by Monthly Review Press. It's called Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home.
Replay of Bob's conversation with Eric Boehlert
Allen D. Kanner is a Berkeley child, family, couples, and adult psychologist and a co-founder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. His work includes consulting with parents on how to counter the harmful effects of advertising on their children. Allen has co-edited two books, Psychology and Consumer Culture and Ecopsychology. In 1997, Utne Reader chose him as one of the nation's ten leading psychotherapist activists. Currently, he appears in the DVD Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood.
Mr. Lloyd was most recently the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/ Education Fund, where he oversaw media and telecom initiatives. Mr. Lloyd was also an adjunct professor of public policy at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, and from 2002-2004 a visiting scholar at MIT where he conducted research and taught communications policy. Previously Mr. Lloyd has been a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, the General Counsel of the Benton Foundation, and an attorney at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson. Before becoming a communications lawyer, Mr. Lloyd had a distinguished career as a broadcast journalist, including work at NBC and CNN.
Peter Richardson writes about himself. "I teach California Culture at San Francisco State University and chair the California Studies Association. My new book is "A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America." It's about the San Francisco muckraker and premier leftist magazine of its day. I also wrote "American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams" about the man Kevin Starr has called "the single finest nonfiction writer on California--ever." By day I'm editorial director at PoliPointPress, which publishes trade books on politics and current affairs.
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of NYT's bestseller Nickel and Dimed and Bob talk about her new book, Bright-Sided, How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America. Barbara has written 16 other books, including Bait and Switch. She contributes to Harper's and The Nation, and has been a columnist with New York Times and Time magazine.
Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and blogger whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. He is a senior writer for The Daily Beast and a writing fellow for the Nation Institute. Bob and Mr. Blumenthal discuss his book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party.
Mark Contreras joined The E.W. Scripps Company in January, 2005 as vice president newspaper operations. He was promoted to his current position of Senior Vice President/Newspapers in March, 2006. Mark oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of the Scripps newspaper division, which includes daily and community newspapers in 13 markets, innovative Web-based information services and other related businesses. Mark is a member of the Executive Committee of the Newspaper Association of America and serves as its vice chairman. He is a board member of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts as well as Cincinnati Public Radio, a trustee of the Scripps Howard Foundation, and a member of the National Association of Multicultural Media Executives. He is former board chairman of the American Press Institute, as well as The Cabot Westside Clinic (Kansas City, MO), former trustee and executive committee member of the College Misericordia (Dallas, PA), former board member, Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association (Harrisburg, PA), and in 1996 was selected by Presstime magazine as one of the "20 under 40".
Robert Greenwald is a producer, director and political activist. Greenwald is the founder and president of Brave New Films. Under Greenwald's direction, Brave New Films has produced a series of short political videos, including the Fox Attacks and Real McCain campaigns. Robert Greenwald's Brave New Foundation is currently producing Rethink Afghanistan, a groundbreaking documentary being released online in real-time; the film features experts from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S. discussing the United States' flawed strategy in Afghanista
Bob talks with Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Michael Albert, longtime activists, authors and bloggers for the Huffington Post and ZMagazine.