Cenk Uygur is host of The Young Turks, the first ever live, daily web television talk show. The show has partnership deals on the web with You Tube, AOL, Airamerica.com and TidalTV.com. The Young Turks is one of the Top 100 You Tube Partners, with over 8 million views a month on their You Tube Channel. The Young Turks premiered on Sirius Satellite Radio in the first quarter of 2002 as the platform's first original program before moving to XM Satellite Radio in 2006. Cenk Uygur is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Business and Columbia University Law School. He worked as a lawyer, television writer and television host before starting The Young Turks. Cenk also blogs on Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Politico, AirAmerica.com and AOL's Hot Seat. Cenk has appeared on CNN dozens of times and also had numerous appearances on MSNBC Live, CNN Headline News, E! Entertainment Channel, Al Jazeera, ABC News, Voice of America, NPR and even Fox News Channel. www.theyoungturks.com
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Robert Scheer, editor in chief of Truthdig, has built a reputation for strong social and political writing over his 30 years as a journalist. His columns appear in newspapers across the country, and his in-depth interviews have made headlines. He conducted the famous Playboy magazine interview in which Jimmy Carter confessed to the lust in his heart and he went on to do many interviews for the Los Angeles Times with Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and many other prominent political and cultural figures. Scheer can be heard on the political radio program "Left, Right and Center" on KCRW, the National Public Radio affiliate in Santa Monica, Calif. He is currently a clinical professor of communications at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Scheer has written nine books, including "Thinking Tuna Fish, Talking Death: Essays on the Pornography of Power"; "With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush and Nuclear War"; "America After Nixon: The Age of Multinationals"; with his son Christopher and Lakshmi Chaudhry, "The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us about Iraq"; "Playing President: "My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I and Clinton-and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush"; and "The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America." Scheer's latest book, "The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street" (Nation Books), was released on September 7, 2010. http://www.truthdig.com/robert_scheer#bio
Siva Vaidhyanathan is a cultural historian and media scholar, and is currently a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. From 1999 through the summer of 2007 he worked in the Department of Culture and Communication at New York University. Vaidhyanathan is a frequent contributor on media and cultural issues in various periodicals including The Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and Salon.com, and he maintains a blog, www.googlizationofeverything.com. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio and to MSNBC.COM and has appeared on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart. Vaidhyanathan is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and the Institute for the Future of the Book. http://www.law.virginia.edu/lawweb/faculty.nsf/prfhpbw/sv2r
Anya Schiffrin is the director of the media and communications program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where she has been teaching since 2003. Schiffrin worked as a financial and business journalist for eight years. A former Knight-Bagehot Fellow, she was a bureau chief at Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi and has worked as a reporter in Turkey, Pakistan, Spain and the U.K. She is the editor of several journalism manuals and textbooks. Her most recent book is on the media and the financial crisis. BAD NEWS: How America's Business Press Missed the Story of the Century was published by the New Press in February 2011. http://conference.freepress.net/node/342
Juan Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and he also authored Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
Malkia Cyril is the Executive Director and founder of the Center for Media Justice. With more than 15 years' experience as an award-winning organizer and communications leader, Malkia has helped to build dozens of local and national alliances, and is the author of numerous essays and articles on media, marginalization, and movement building. Malkia has appeared in award-winning documentaries such as Outfoxed, Broadcast Blues, and MissRepresentation, and spends an inordinate amount of time writing fiction and poetry when she should be sleeping.
Patrick Butler, public TV's new chief lobbyist, wrote speeches for President Gerald Ford, was a founder of the Pew Research Center, and helped provide Ken Burns with funding for his acclaimed Civil War documentary series. Butler started work as president of the Association of Public Television Stations Jan. 1 . The APTS leader has represented major media firms in Washington - the Washington Post Co. for 18 years, and before that Times Mirror Co. and RCA. Join Bob and Director of Created Content for Illinois Public Media, WILL Radio and TV Online as they discuss the role of federal funding in Public Broadcasting.
Mary Bottari previously served as a Senior Analyst for the Washington, D.C.-based consumer group Public Citizen in its Global Trade Watch division. She and Bob discuss BanksterUSA.
Michael Copps joined the FCC on May 31, 2001 and was sworn in for his second term in December 2005.
Copps served until January 2001 as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he was previously Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Basic Industries. Copps came to Washington in 1970, joining the staff of Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC) and serving for over a dozen years as Chief of Staff. He has also held positions at a Fortune 500 company and at a major trade association. Before coming to Washington, Copps was a professor of U.S. History at Loyola University of the South. Copps received a B.A. from Wofford College and earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.