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WILL - Media Matters - October 02, 2011

Mark Weisbrot from the Center for Economic Policy and Research

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Mark Weisbrot is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He has written numerous research papers on economic policy, especially on Latin America and international economic policy. He is also co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: The Phony Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2000). He writes a weekly column for The Guardian Unlimited (U.K.), and a regular column on economic and policy issues that is distributed to over 550 newspapers by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. He also writes a bi-weekly column for Brazil's largest newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and almost every major U.S. newspaper. He appears regularly on national and local television and radio programs. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy. www.cepr.net


WILL - Media Matters - September 25, 2011

Lisa Graves from the Center for Media and Democracy

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Lisa Graves is the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, the publisher of PR Watch, SourceWatch, and BanksterUSA. She previously served as a senior advisor in all three branches of the federal government, as a leading strategist on civil liberties advocacy, and as an adjunct law professor at one of the top law schools in the country. Her former leadership posts include:

Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy/Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Justice (serving under both Attorneys General Janet Reno and John Ashcroft)

Chief Counsel for Nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

Senior Legislative Strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union (on national security and surveillance policies)

Deputy Director of the Center for National Security Studies

Deputy Chief of the Article III Judges Division of the U.S. Courts (including oversight of the Financial Disclosure Office for judicial ethics)

Graves has testified as an expert witness before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. She has also appeared as an expert on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, C-SPAN, and other news programs and on numerous radio shows, including National Public Radio, Democracy Now!, Air America, and Pacifica Radio. Her analysis has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today, The Nation, Vanity Fair, Congressional Quarterly, Roll Call, National Journal, Legal Times, Newsday, Wired, and Mother Jones, among others, as well as online in The Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, and other blogs. Call and Comment!


WILL - Media Matters - September 18, 2011

Salim Muwakkil, senior editor of In These Times

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Salim Muwakkil is a senior editor of In These Times, where he has worked since 1983. He is the host of "The Salim Muwakkil" show on WVON, Chicago's historic black radio station, and he wrote the text for the book HAROLD: Photographs from the Harold Washington Years. As an editor for In These Times for more than 25 years, Salim Muwakkil has forged a reputation as one of the country's most insightful writers on issues of African-American culture and politics. Muwakkil started his journalism career as reporter for the Associated Press in Newark, New Jersey shortly before graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Political Science. He soon moved on to become a copy editor and then managing editor at Muhammad Speaks-Bilalian News, the largest black-owned publication in the country. Upon moving to Chicago, Muwakkil joined In These Times' staff and became a contributing columnist to both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. Muwakkil has also written for the Washington Post, Chicago Reader, The Progressive, Newsday, Cineaste, Chicago Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, Z Magazine, the Toronto Star, Emerge Magazine, The Black Scholar, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Utne Reader. Muwakkil is a frequent contributor to "Chicago Tonight" and "Beyond the Beltway," two Chicago-based public affairs programs. Muwakkil has won a variety of journalism awards including the "Top Ten Media Heroes of 1994," from the Institute of Alternative Journalism, the "Black Rose Achievement Award for 1997," from the League of Black Women, the 2001 Studs Terkel Award for Journalistic Excellence from the Chicago-based Community Media Workshop and the 2004 Lillian Award for Excellence in Journalism, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. He was also a Crime and Communities Media Fellow of the Open Society Institute. In his spare time, Muwakkil serves as a board member for the Progressive Media Project and the Chicago-based Public Square. He has been a faculty member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest's Urban Studies Program, and an adjunct professor at Columbia College, Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. www.inthesetimes.com



WILL - Media Matters - September 04, 2011

Robert Reich

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Robert Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written thirteen books, including The Work of Nations, Locked in the Cabinet, Supercapitalism, and his most recent book, Aftershock. His "Marketplace" commentaries can be found on publicradio.com and iTunes. This is a recorded program, so sit back and enjoy this Labor Day weekend program with Robert Reich and Bob McChesney. robertreich.org


WILL - Media Matters - August 28, 2011

John K. Wilson, author of “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh’s Assault on Reason”

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Author of the new book on Rush Limbaugh, "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason," (limbaughbook.com). Also the author of "Barack Obama: This Improbable Quest" and "President Barack Obama: A More Perfect Union (www.obamapolitics.com), along with "Patriotic Correctness: Academic Freedom and Its Enemies" (www.collegefreedom.org).


WILL - Media Matters - August 21, 2011

Eli Pariser from MoveOn.org and the author of The Filter Bubble

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Eli Pariser is an online organizer and disorganizer, the former Executive Director of MoveOn (and now the board president), a co-founder of Avaaz.org, and as of May 2011 the author of The Filter Bubble. Eli has appeared as a commentator on "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight," the Colbert Report, and all of the major cable news channels except Fox News. His Op-Eds have appeared in the Washington Post, LA Times, and other periodicals. Call and speak with Pariser and McChesney during this live program. www.thefilterbubble.com


WILL - Media Matters - August 14, 2011

Jacob Hacker, author of Winner-Take-All Politics

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Jacob Hacker, PhD, is a Professor of Political Science at Yale University and the author of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Richer Richer--and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. He is the author of The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream, The Divided Welfare State, and, with Paul Pierson, Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy. Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley.


WILL - Media Matters - August 07, 2011

John Bellamy Foster of the Monthly Review

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John Bellamy Foster is Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he teaches environmental sociology, social theory, Marxism and political economy. Foster is editor of Monthly Review. He became a director of the Monthly Review Foundation Board and a member of the Monthly Review editorial committee in 1989. He became a co-editor in 2000, and president of the Monthly Review Foundation in 2002. Foster was active in the anti-war and environmental movements from a young age. His early research centred on political economy and theories of capitalist development. In the late 1980s, he turned toward issues of ecology, focusing on the relationship between the global environmental crisis and the crisis in the capitalist economy, stressing the imperative for a sustainable, socialist alternative. Foster has written numerous books, including: - The Ecological Rift: Capitalism's War on the Earth (2010) - The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet (2009) - The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (with Fred Magdoff, 2009) - Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present (with Brett Clark and Richard York, 2008) - Naked Imperialism: The U.S. Pursuit of Global Dominance (2006) - Pox Americana: Exposing the American Empire (co-edited with Robert McChesney, 2004) - Ecology Against Capitalism (2002) - Marx's Ecology: Materialism and Nature (2000) - Hungry For Profit: The Agribusiness Threat to Farmers, Food, and the Environment (1999, co-edited with Fred Magdoff and Frederick Buttel) - The Vulnerable Planet: A Short Economic History of the Environment (1999, 2nd Ed.) In Naked Imperialism, Foster explains the growing U.S. military role in the world and the shift toward a more overt, brutal imperial project. In Critique of Intelligent Design, Foster draws on his ecological work to defend historical materialism as fundamental to a rational, scientific worldview, against proponents of "intelligent design" and other superstitious ideologies. The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences explores the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. Foster argues that the crisis must be understood in the context of a broader crisis of monopoly-finance capitalism. The only real solution, Foster argues, is a radical restructuring of the entire economy to meet the needs of the vast majority, a reorientation toward production for social use as opposed to private gain. Foster's most recent book, The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet, includes essays on global warming, peak oil, species extinction, world water shortages, global hunger, alternative energy sources, sustainable development and environmental justice. He argues that we have reached a turning point in human relations with the earth, and that any attempt to solve our problems merely by technological, industrial or free market means, divorced from fundamental social relations, cannot succeed.


WILL - Media Matters - July 31, 2011

Amy Goodman, Host of Democracy Now!

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(Duration: 59:44)

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 900 television and radio stations in North America. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its "Pick of the Podcasts," along with NBC's Meet the Press. Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' for "developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media." She is also one of the the first recipients, along with Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald, of the Park Center for Independent Media's Izzy Award, named for the great muckraking journalist I.F. Stone. The Independent of London called Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! "an inspiration"; PULSE named her one of the 20 Top Global Media Figures of 2009. Goodman is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. Her latest book, Breaking the Sound Barrier, proves the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world. Enjoy this recently recorded program. www.democracynow.org


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