Peter and Mickey spend the hour in conversation with Elliot D. Cohen. In his latest book, "The Technology of Oppression," Cohen explores the many ways that federal agencies are spying on Americans, and offers proposals to rein in these invasions of privacy.
Elliot D. Cohen writes about information technology, as well as mass-media ethics and other philosophical issues.
Despite its clean environment and health-concious residents, California's Marin County has been called the breast-cancer capital of the world. But is the seemingly high incidence of the disease actually the result of high rates of screening, and tests that often yield false positives? And did some health officials allow the dubious reputation to continue, to keep research dollars flowing? Mickey Huff interviews Independent journalist Peter Byrne on the conclusions of his years-long investigation, and its implications about the workings of the health-care system.
What role can civil disobedience play in the stuggle for social change? Peter explores this question with two guests: First, environmental organizer Tim DeChristopher recounts his experience interfering with a federal oil and gas lease auction, and how the legal doctrine of "necessity" can be used in environmental campaigns.
Then Sunsara Taylor discusses the right-wing effort to supress womens' option of abortion, and the countercampaign
to protect reproductive choice.
Tim DeChristopher is a climate campaigner, and the founder of two climate-action organizations. He spent 21 months in prison for submitting a false bid at a federal oil and gas auction in Utah in 2008. www.timdechristopher.org
Sunsara Taylor is with StopPatriarchy.org, and also is a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (www.revcom.us.)
Peter and Mickey spend the hour in conversation with historian Laurence Shoup. Shoup's new book, Wall Street's Think Tank, is a study of the Council on Foreign Relations; Shoup describes the CFRas "the most influential private organization in the country," and traces how it connects major U.S.corporations with government, academia, and media.
Linda Sartor speaks about her experiences as an 'unarmed peacekeeper' in conflict zones,
including Occupied Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Her new book is "Turning Fear Into Power: One Woman's Journey Confronting the War on Terror." www.lindasartor.info
At the end of the program, Anthony Montero discusses the the Black Radical Tradition Conference taking place in Philadelphia January 8 - 10. Anthony Montero is an organizer of the conference, and taught African-AmericanStudies at Temple University. www.theblackradicaltradition.org
Independent journalist Ann Garrison hosts the program this week. She is a radio, print and online reporter who specializes in the Great Lakes region of Africa. She is a recipient of the Victoire Ingabire Democracy and Peace Prize.
Her first guest, author Edward Herman, discusses his recent book, "Enduring Lies," examining the falsehoods circulated by Western governments about the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and the ongoing use of that event as an excuse for military intervention around the world. Then Willy Nyamitwe speaks about the efforts by world and regional powers to oust Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, who was elected to a third term last summer.
Edward Herman is professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania; he writes about politics and media, and is best known as the co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of "Manufacturing Consent." Willy Nyamitwe is communications director for Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Peter and Mickey spend the hour with author and theologian Matthew Fox, who explains his ideas of 'creation spirituality' and the 'cosmic Christ.' Fox also discusses his conflicts with the Vatican ("John Paul II and Benedict restarted the Inquisition"), the significance of non-Christian faiths such as Bhuddhism and Native American religions, the respect that religion should hold for science, and more.
Scientists' reports about global warming are becoming more and more pessimistic. Will rising sea levels, drought, crop failure and water wars become so severe that humanity's existence itself is threatened? Peter Phillips and Julie Andrzejewski speak first with David Ray Griffin, author of the new book, "Unprecedented." Then Dahr Jamail, climate writer at Truthout, joins the discussion.
David Talbot's latest book, The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government, examines the post-WWII U.S. intelligence sector and the power it wields, by following the career of Wall Street lawyer, diplomat and spymaster Allen Dulles. Talbot discussed his new book with fellow author Peter Dale Scott, in a public event at the Mechanics' Institute Library in San Francisco on December 2, 2015. Talbot says he believes CIA assassins were responsible for the death of John F. Kennedy.
David Talbot founded the website Salon.com He was an editor at Mother Jones magazine, and he's written for Rolling Stone, the New Yorker and other publications. His earlier books include Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.
Peter Dale Scott is a retired Canadian diplomat, professor emeritus of English at UC Berkeley, and a prolific author. His most recent book is The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy. He writes extensively about the “deep state,” a de facto government that exists beneath the elected one.
Peter and Mickey spend the hour in conversation with political author Chris Hedges; his latest book is "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt." The discussion covers issues from freedom of information to U.S. Middle East interventions, and the ideas of intellectuals from W.E.B. Dubois to Cornel West to Sheldon Wolin.