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A Lifeline for Homeowners? Not Really

John Dunbar of the Center for Public Integrity has analyzed the Obama administration’s home loan modification program, which aims to keep troubled borrowers in their homes, and finds it “highly problematic.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges on Health Care, War and the New Racism

Chris Hedges talks about the illusion of health care reform, the war in Afghanistan, and what he calls the “new racism” in the age of Obama.

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE



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Thom Hartmann on ‘Threshold’

The Truthdig panel talks to radio host and author Thom Hartmann about his new book, “Threshold,” the need for serious financial regulation and his trip to Darfur.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE



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Inside the Gates Arrest, Plus ‘Hurt Locker’ Review

This week the Truthdig panel talks about the racial politics behind the arrest of high-profile Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., who himself said, “I was cast by him [the policeman] in a narrative and he didn’t know how to get out of it.” Also, pop culture critic Sheerly Avni gives a big thumbs up to a new and telling film about the Iraq war, “The Hurt Locker.”

Posted on Jul 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Dennis vs. Goliath

Rep. Dennis Kucinich talks about winning a big victory for health care reform, grilling Hank Paulson over the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch merger, and the battle against crony capitalism.

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 READ MORE


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The Internet as a Media-Altering Force and the Facebook Addiction

We talk with UC Santa Cruz history professor Matthew Lassar about the FCC, how Internet has altered the media, and why college kids can’t stop checking their Facebook accounts during classroom lectures.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Illuminating the Connection Between Money and Politics

In this episode, we talk with Maplight.org’s executive director, Dan Newman. Maplight, which lobbies for greater transparency in government, is a nonprofit group dedicated to illuminating the connection between money and politics. Its data reveals which politicians are on the take and the source of questionable political contributions.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 READ MORE


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A Dramatic Rethinking of Geographic Boundaries and Economic Responsibility

Paul Starobin, author of the new book “After America: Narratives for the Next Global Age,” says a dramatic rethinking of geographic boundaries and economic responsibility would greatly improve the U.S. and states like California.

Starobin suggests that America’s broke, ill-governed and way-too-big nationlike state, California, might be saved, truly saved, not by an emergency federal bailout, but by a merciful carve-up into three republics that would rely on their own ingenuity in making their connections to the wider world.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Fighting Crime by Reforming Juvenile Hall

This week on the podcast: Sheerly Avni and Omar Turcios from The Beat Within, a magazine written by and for the troubled kids in juvenile prisons. Such facilities could be “recruiting grounds for crime fighting,” argues Avni, and that’s in our self-interest. “If you want to stop crime—very simple. You look at a bunch of 5-year-old kids in the ghetto. Ask yourself: ‘Do I want them to be criminals or not in 10 years? What’s that going to do to the value of my home?’ ”

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE



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Breadline USA

Sasha Abramsky discusses his new solution-oriented book about the millions of Americans who work 40 hours a week and still go hungry, “these forgotten communities and these forgotten families who are doing everything they’ve been told they need to do to survive and ... they’re still being pushed backward by economic forces that they really don’t control.”

Posted on May 29, 2009 READ MORE


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