November 07, 2012

Post-Election Analysis

We'll discuss the outcome and ramifications of the 2012 election, from the President to local races. Our guests are John S. Jackson, Visiting Professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University; and Brian Gaines, professor in the department of Political Science and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.


August 28, 2012

Why the Constitution Matters

Mark Tushnet, J.D., William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard University

Host: David Inge

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, July 30, 2010, 10 am


July 11, 2012

America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, & Our Democracy

Gar Alperovitz, Ph.D., the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy, University of Maryland

Host: David Inge

Back in 2005, economist Gar Alperovitz said the time was ripe for a popular movement focused on inequality. Today’s “occupy” movements have proven him right. And, he argues, this kind of activism happening at the local level has the potential to change the entire country in some very big ways. Gar Alperovitz talks about his book "America Beyond Capitalism." The book profiles citizen experiments now underway that go beyond traditional economic models to democratize wealth and empower communities.

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, January 13, 2012, 11 am


May 30, 2012

Current Events in Egypt

Last week, people in Egypt went to the polls to cast votes in the country’s first free presidential elections. Of the 13 candidates competing in the first round, two will contend in a runoff next month. One is the candidate of the Muslim brotherhood; the other served as Prime Minister under the old regime of Hosni Mubarak. We welcome back Ken Cuno, associate professor of History at the University of Illinois for another conversation about Egyptian politics. We’ll talk about the recent elections and try to get a better understanding of those competing for power.


May 25, 2012

Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military Industrial Complex

Dwight Eisenhower’s most famous speech was his last as president. We look back to that speech warning of the power of the military industrial complex.  The guest in this program from the archives is James Ledbetter, author of "Unwarranted Influence." His book charts the connections between the government, military contractors and the overall economy. While military spending may have brought some benefits, there are also questions. Does our massive military establishment really make us safer?

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, January 24, 2011, 10 am


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