Media Matters - June 29, 2008

David Sirota

This week our guest is David Sirota. Sirota is a political journalist, New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist living in Denver. He is a senior fellow at the Campaign for America's Future and a board member of the Progressive States Network. He writes a weekly, nationally syndicated column for Creators Syndicate which was launched in the Fall of 2007 and which now appears in newspapers with a combined daily circulation of more than 1.6 million readers.

Media Matters - June 22, 2008

Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason

This week our guest is Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason. Jacoby is the author of seven previous books, most recently Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, which was named a Notable Book of 2004 by the Washington Post and The Times Literary Supplement.

Media Matters - June 08, 2008

Noam Chomsky

This week our guest is Noam Chomsky, the linguist, philosopher, political activist, author and lecturer. Chomsky is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The originator of the Theory of Generative Grammar, which revolutionized the study of linguistics, Chomsky is equally - if not more - well known for his work as a social activist and critic. His work with Edward Herman, Manufacturing Consent, provides an analysis of news media coverage of international affairs, resulting in a five-filter model to explain the deficienices and shortcomings of the US news media.

Among his political writings are American Power and the New Mandarins (1969), Peace in the Middle East? (1974, Profit over People (1998), and Rogue States (2000). Chomsky's bestseller 9-11 (2002) is an analysis of the World Trade Center attack that, while denouncing the atrocity of the event, traces its origins to the actions and power of the United States, which he calls "a leading terrorist state.

Media Matters - June 01, 2008

Jim Hightower

This week our guest is Jim Hightower. National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the new book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Hightower has spent three decades "battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks."

Twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Hightower broadcasts daily radio commentaries that are carried in more than 150 commercial and public stations, on the web, on Armed Forces Radio, and on Radio for Peace International. He also does a weekly video blog that is carried on many popular websites.

In the Urbana-Champaign area, Hightower's daily commentary is broadcast on WEFT 90.1 FM.

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