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  • Thom Hartmann's photo of the Obamas at the inauguration ball. 1.

    inaugural photo 1 by you.

  • January 16 2009 show notes

    • "Brunch with Bernie" with Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont.

    • Guest: Ravi Batra, professor of economics at Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

    • 'Anything Goes' Friday.

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


  • On the Program - Jan 20th 2009 - Inauguration Day - President Barack Obama

    Quote: "We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861.

    "Live" coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama w/Thom who will be broadcasting from the platform where President Barack Obama is giving his inaugural address - plus Ron Reagan is in the studio and joining Thom.

  • On the Program - Jan 19th 2009

     Quote: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in momentsof comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge andcontroversy." -- MartinLuther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963


    Former DeputyCampaign Manager to the Hillary Clinton campaign, Bob Nash

    Executive Directorof "Rock The Vote," Heather Smith 

    President,International Machinists Union, Tom Buffenbarger

    Founder ofProgressive Strategies Inc, Mike Lux

    Former LieutenantGovernor, State of Maryland, Kathleen KennedyTownsend

    Mayor of Miami,Florida, Manny Diaz

    Californiarepresentative to the NAACP, Willis Edwards 

    President,Arab-American Institute, James Zogby 

    Former PrimeMinister of Ireland and current Ambassador to the United States representingthe European Union, Ambassador John Bruton 

  • On the Program - Jan 16th 2009

    Quote:  "Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few."  President James Madison
     "Anything Goes Friday"

    Hour One - "Brunch With Bernie" Senator Bernie Sanders
    Hour Two - Dr. Ravi Batra Topic: Economy: TARP, Stimulus, Citibank break-up, B of A asking for another serving, etc...

  • January 15 2009 show notes

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


  • On the Program - Jan 15th 2009

    Quote:  "There is no such thing as a "self-made" man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts." — George Matthew Adams

    Hour One - The Best of the Rest of the News - Thom's take

    Hour Two  -  Douglas Schoen Topic: "The Threat Closer to Home: Hugo Chavez and the War Against America"

    Hour Three - Mark Green Topic: "Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President"
    Topic: Geeky Science Rocks!
    Guest: Christy Harvey Topic: News Under the Radar

  • January 09 2009 show notes

    • "Brunch with Bernie" with Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont.

    • 'Anything Goes' Friday

    • Guest: "Taking Our Country Back": Tom Geoghegan, running for Congress in the Fifth District of Illinois.

    • Geek science rocks.

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


  • On the Program - Jan 14th 2009

    Hour One - The Best of the Rest of the News - Thom's Take

    Hour Two - Richard Perle Topic: Is it true that you have now washed your hands of Iraq & deny being "the architect of that war?

    Hour Three  "Everything You Know is Wrong" Jill Brooke Topic: Why divorce rate spikes in January

    Guest:  Larry Scott: Topic: Vets issues

  • January 08 2009 show notes

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


  • On the Program - Jan 13th 2009

    Quote:  "Those who have changed the universe have never done it by changing officials, but always by inspiring the people" -- Napoleon Bonaparte
    Hour One - Best of the rest of the News - Thom's take on the Top stories of the day.
    Hour Two - Dan Gainor Topic: Thom and Dan debate - The Great Media Depression?
    Hour Three - Larry Beinhart Topic: Why You Should Be Screaming for Higher Taxes?

  • January 07 2009 show notes

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


  • On the Program - Jan 12th 2009

    Hour One - Robert Moffit Topic: Thom is asking “free marketer” Robert Moffit - Why shouldn't we drive a stake through the heart of William McGuire's United Health Care? Moffit believes that public/private “competition” is unfair because it pits for-profit private insurers against a government program that need not turn a profit. The government will institute lower rates, taxpayers will assume liability, and private insurers, Moffit warns, will simply go out of business. Thom will be asking – isn’t that a good idea? Healthcare should be part of the “commons” like all other industrialized countries. In Hour Two - Carrie Lukas is dropping by. Topic: Thomis asking Carrie - Why do you think cutting taxes on rich people will help the county when it never has before? Joining Thom in Hour Three – US Chamber of Commerce Spokesperson TBA Topic: Thom is asking "Why does business oppose the Employee Free Choice Act - "Democracy in the Workplace?"in the Labor Segment" Jon Youngdahl is here. Topic: Change that Works Campaign and Employee Free Choice Act 

    Thom’s blog today…

    Obama -Don’t Repeat Jerry Ford’s Big Mistake

    If Barack Obama intends to prosecute crimes committed in the Bush White House, he’s probably wise to be cagey about it before his Attorney General is confirmed.  On the other hand, if he’s going to follow in Bill Clinton’s footsteps and “look forward” instead of“backward” when it comes to crimes of previous administrations, he may well harm this nation far worse than Bush did by establishing Bush/Cheney/Rove as the “new normal” for future administrations.

    Gerald Ford set a terrible precedent for the nation when he pardoned Richard Nixon, and Democrats went along with it when they decided not to continue their investigations into the many criminal acts committed in the Nixon White House.  Similarly, Bill Clinton did our nation a terrible disservice when he and the Democrats, upon assuming control of the Justice Department in 1992, decided not to pursue criminal investigations into the entire scope of Iran-Contra, from Bill Casey’s alleged 1980 contacts with the Iranians about holding hostages to sink the Carter candidacy to running drugs and weapons years later with money from those same Iranians.

    We can’t afford to let another organized crime operation run out of the White House under the cover of “official business” to go uninvestigated (at the very least) and punished (ideally).

    If the incoming Congress and/or the Obama administration fail to thoroughly investigate all the crimes of the Bush administration – even if such an investigation will bring discomfort to complicit Democrats – it will certify that forty years of lawlessness in the White House has become the new norm.  No matter how ethical and transparent and aboveboard the Obama administration may be, future administrations will believe they can break the law and cover it up as a normal part of presidential politics.

    America is watching the unfolding melodrama in Illinois with a morbid fascination, shaking our collective heads at how corrupt the Blagojavich administration has been and how long they’ve gotten away withit.  But at least they’re now being brought to justice, and Illinois andthe political process as a whole will be better for it.  Our nation deserves no less.

  • January 06 2009 show notes

    • The economy.

    • Best of the rest of the news.

    • Guest: Ron Reagan, supporting chimps in spite of the fact that a chimp peed on him when he was on the Air America Cruise. "Chimp Haven".

    • Guest: Russ Baker, Author of "Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America".

    • Guest: Bill McKibben, environmentalist, author of "Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future" explains how we have passed the safe limit of 350 ppm CO2 in the atmosphere, which means a freaking emergency.

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


  • On the Program - Jan 9th 2009

    "AnythingGoes Friday"

    Hour One  "BrunchWith Bernie" Senator Bernie Sanders

    Hour Two "TakingOur Country Back" Tom Geoghegan Topic: Running for Rahm Emanuel's House Seat  (specialelection  3/3/09)

  • On the Program - Jan 8th 2009

    Quote:  "Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship." - Patrick Henry

    Hour One - The Best of the Rest of the News

    Hour Two - Tina Brown Topic: Her new venture "The Daily Beast" website...rethinking the competition, the launch, how it's doing and the future...

    Hour Three - Former CIA strategist Retired Air Force Colonel Robert Chandle Topic: Will Western Capitalism survive? 3 choices for the future: autocracy, democracy or theocracy (his new book is Shadow World)

    Guest:  Christy Harvey Topic: News Under the Radar

  • January 05 2009 show notes

      • Guest: Jeremy Ben-Ami, Executive Director, J Street, the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement.
      • Guest: Ray Hanania. Award winning journalist, stand up comedian & author (hosts a daily radio show on Chicago's WJJG 1530AM). A Palestinian American "Defining the moderate Palestinian Arab voice, offering reason to the American, Israeli and Arab publics. He has been a participant in peace talks in the past, meeting Yasser Arafat.

      • Guest: Carrie Lukas, Vice President for Policy and Economics, Independent Women's Forum. What should be included in the '09 economic stimulus package?

      • Guest: Andy Barr, Communications Director for Al Franken. Not one bit of effort was wasted, it is so close. The board will meet in hour and half, and is expected to declare Al the winner.

      • Guest: Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation magazine. New book, "The Nation Guide to The Nation.

      • Guest: Bill Samuel. AFL-CIO and the new Administration. They are launching a green jobs for America programme. 

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


  • On the Program - Jan 7th 2009

    Hour One - The Best of the the Rest of the News - Thom's Take
    Hour Two - Adam Michaelson Topic: the real story of what happened with the implosion of Countrywide
    Hour Three  "Everything You Know is Wrong" Jim Rubens Topic: Is there an epidemic with wealth, fame, and power in America?

  • on the Program - Jan 6th 2009

    Quote:  "Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gogh

    Hour One - The Best of the Rest of the News....Thom's take on the news.

    Hour Two - Russ Baker Topic: "Family of Secrets" (how we got Bush in the first place and how can we make sure we don't end up with another one in the White House?!)

    Hour Three - Bill McKibben Topic: Why is "350: the most important number on earth"? 

  • January 02 2009 show notes

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


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