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On the Program - May 27th 2008

Hour One - Michael Ledeen www.aei.org Topic: Iran - Why don't Neocons trust democracy?

Hour Two - Carrie Lukas www.iwf.org Topic: Should the government offer incentives or other encouragement to get more women participating in science/math/engineering/technology college courses?

Hour Three - Philippe Sands www.pict-pcti.org Topic: His new book "Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values"

Guest: Al Franken www.alfranken.com Topic: Senate campaign against republican Norm Coleman

Coming Up…May 29th – Join me and our friends at Green 960 KKGN for "A Night of Unity"…featuring Thom Thom Hartmann, Angie Coiro, John Scott and Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton delegates…Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay at 223 Twin Dolphin Drive in Redwood City…tickets are $10 and a portion of the proceeds goes directly to the California Democratic Party…

May 23 2008 show notes

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May 22 2008 show notes

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A Culture of Cooperation

About a decade ago I was in the far, far north of Eastern Australia, at a remote public school serving the Aboriginal village of Lockhart River. All the students were black/Aboriginal and all but one of the teachers was white, all from other parts of Australia. I interviewed several of them, and one made the most interesting observation.

"These kids are from a cooperator culture, not a competitor culture," he said, pointing out that cooperation was what kept Aboriginal society intact and functioning for tens of thousands of years. "When we taught them to play soccer, they changed the rules so that they play until both teams have the same score. That is when they end the game."

We need more cooperation in the world. Consider this example (with special thanks to my old friend and editor Dave deBronkart for the tip on this):

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May 21 2008 show notes

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May 20 2008 show notes

  • How long has the government been lying to us in order to impoverish the middle class?
  • Kentucky and Oregon voting today.
  • Guest: Hank Stern, managing news editor, Willamette Week. Oregon is one of the most normal states.
  • Guest: Mark Dice, founder of the Christian Group "The Resistance". Why is he boycotting the Starbucks' logo... does it really offend him or is he just looking for attention?
  • Guest: Jeff Sharlet, the Revealer, author of "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power".
  • "Full Monty Alert": Guest: Jennifer Moss. Naked activism.

Topics, guests, upcoming events, quotes, links to articles, audio clips, books & bumper music.

Obama vs. Hillary: Punishment or Healing?

Last Sunday I wrote a short blog suggesting that Obama should consider Hillary Clinton as his VP www.dailykos.com/story/2008/5/22/8163/74523/400/520298.

What has startled me even more than the roughly 30/70 "good idea"/"are you nuts?" emails I've gotten in response is the ten percent or so (on both sides, but mostly the latter) who expressed concern that with Clinton (or any "establishment/machine" candidate) on the ticket (a'la LBJ) that Barack Obama would face a fate identical to that of JFK.

On the Program - May 23 2008

Hour One: Guest: U.S. Senator (I-VT) Bernie Sanders www.sanders.senate.gov

"Anything Goes Friday"


On the Program - May 22 2008

Hour One - Timothy Lee www.cfif.org Topic: Why is American industry spending big bucks to kill unions?
Hour Two - William Yeatman www.cei.org Topic: What should we save - the polar bear or Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson's 16.7 million compensation package? It's up 28% from the year before.
Hour Three - Obama - Ask Hillary First
Guest: Christy Harvey www.americanprogress.org Topic: News Under the Radar

Obama - Is Oregon the Bellwether for the Nation or just a Bunch of Latte Liberals?

By Thom Hartmann

Last night I found myself screaming at the television. What the commentators seemed to be saying was "Well, yeah, those folks out in Oregon, those mostly white folks out in Oregon, they did vote for Barack Obama, but, you know, they're the exception in this country because they're just so weird. They are so liberal out there in Oregon. You can't use them as any kind of barometer or metric for anything about what could happen in the real election."

Not true.

I wanted to do a reality check. So, I checked in with Kari Chisholm of www.BlueOregon.com, which is the premier political blog in this state, the state of Oregon.

Obama - ask Hillary first

by Thom Hartmann

The issue at hand for the Democratic Party for winning in ‘08 is not losing to McCain but losing to a divided Democratic party. The first thing Obama should do if nominated is put Hillary on the ticket. Will the Republicans have a field day with her on the ticket? Yes! Is their some bad blood in the water due to some negative campaign strategies on the part of the Clintons? Probably. Can Hillary be a tough fighter able to play tough allowing Obama to stay higher above the fray? Yes!

On the Program - May 21 2008

Hour One - Kari Chisomm www.blueoregon.com Topic: Does Oregon Put Obama's White Working Class Problem To Rest?

Hour Two - Fred Lucas www.cnsnews.com Topic: Election results through the lens of both conservative and liberal ...now what?

Hour Three "Everything You Know is Wrong" Dr. Stephen Frye www.25reasons.org Topic:"Twenty-Five Reasons to Legalize Drugs - We Really Lost This War"

May 19 2008 show notes

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On the Program - May 20th 2008

Hour One - Topic: How long has the government been lying to us in order to impoverish the middle class?

Hour Two - Guest: Mark Zussman, Editor in Chief, Willamette Week www.wweek.com  Topic: If Obama clinches the nomination today, where do we go from here?

Guest: Mark Dice Founder of the Christian Group "The Resistance" www.theresistancemanifesto.com Topic: Why are you boycotting the Starbucks' logo...does it really offend you or are you just looking for attention?

Hour Three - Guest: Jeff Sharlet www.therevealer.org Topic: His new book "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power"

Guest: "Full Monty Alert" Jennifer Moss Topic: naked activism

May 16 2008 show notes

  • Show live from WCPT, Chicago.
  • "Brunch with Bernie" with Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont.
  • President Bush's address to the Knesset. Appeasement. Negotiation.
  • 'Anything Goes' friday.
  • Mystic books.

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