Highlights...April 19 - April 23, 2010

Monday - Hour Two: Defending the KKK...really? Thom challenges their attorney www.aclu-em.org

Hour Three: "Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet" Award winning Environmentalist/Educator/Author Bill McKibben www.billmckibben.com

Tuesday - Hour Two: "Earth Day in the Classroom...beware the hidden liberal agenda!" Thom has a rumble with Carrie Lukas of the Independent Women's Forum www.iwf.org

Hour Three: " Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What To Do About It" Thom talks with Richard Clarke, former counter terrorism czar under Presidents Clinton & Bush www.harpercollins.com

Wednesday - Hour Two: Would you put this in your mouth?! Writer Brian Merchant reports on "The 5 Grossest American Fast Food Ideas" www.alternet.org; plus, Thom debates Dan Gainor "Do we need tougher regulations for the fast food industry? You betcha!" www.businessandmedia.org

Thursday - Hour Two: "Everything You Know is Wrong...about backyard farming" Thom talks with Manny Howard who went from suburbanite to farmer in his big city back yard http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Manny-Howard;

Hour Three: Will a new gas tax help the environment or hurt the economy? Thom confronts Mike Carey, President of the American Council for Affordable and Reliable Energy www.ACAREnow.org

Friday - Hour One: "Brunch With Bernie" Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spends the hour with Thom discussing the issues and answering listener questions www.sanders.senate.gov

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How did Big Finance grow so powerful that its hijinks nearly brought down the global economy – and what hope is there for real reform with Washington politicians on Wall Street's payroll? Bill Moyers talks with authors Simon Johnson and James Kwak, two of the nation's most respected economic experts and authors of the new book 13 BANKERS: THE WALL STREET TAKEOVER AND THE NEXT FINANCIAL MELTDOWN.http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/04162010/watch.htmlIt's a Shame to think that there are only 2 more Bill Moyers Journal episodes ever. This is a great hour long discussion where they basically say, in a nutshell, everything we already know from listening to Thom. - MP

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