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 Firedoglake.com as wel as at GRITtv.org. 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.
Jessica Clark and Tracy Van Slyke coauthored Beyond the Echo Chamber - Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media.
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
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."
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.
Janine Jackson and Norman Solomon will be joining Bob and guest host John Nichols during the Media Matters pledge drive.
Noted economist and author Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Bob discuss "Freefall: America, Free Markets and the Sinking of the World's Economy" on Sunday. Because this is a pre-recorded program, calls were not taken.
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!
Dean Baker is the co-director of the Center for Economic Policy and Research in Washington DC. A columnist for the Guardian, The American Prospect, and Truthout.org, Baker writes regularly for the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and the Financial Times, and appears frequently on National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, and PBS's NewsHour. His latest book is False Profits - Recovering from the Bubble Economy.
CHALMERS JOHNSON is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a non-profit research and public affairs organization devoted to public education concerning Japan and international relations in the Pacific. He was chairman of the academic advisory committee for the PBS television series "The Pacific Century," and he played a prominent role in the PBS "Frontline" documentary "Losing the War with Japan." Both won Emmy awards. His most recent books are Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2000); The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2004); and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2007). Join the conversation.
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