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January 08 2009 show notes


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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 www.businessandmedia.org Topic: Thom and Dan debate - The Great Media Depression?
Hour Three - Larry Beinhart www.larrybeinhart.com Topic: Why You Should Be Screaming for Higher Taxes?

January 07 2009 show notes


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On the Program - Jan 12th 2009

Hour One - Robert Moffit www.heritage.org 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 www.iwf.org 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 www.seiu.org 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.

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Transcript: Bill McKibben, 06 January 2009

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. 350.org.

Thom Hartmann interviews Bill McKibben, 06 January 2009

On the Program - Jan 9th 2009

"AnythingGoes Friday"

Hour One "BrunchWith Bernie" Senator Bernie Sanders www.sanders.senate.gov

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

Transcript: Obama's economic speech and the Two Santa Claus Theory rant, 08 January 2009

Thom comments on Barack Obama's economic speech today and explains how the Republicans deliberately have played the Two Santa Claus Theory - spending government money and giving away tax cuts, bankrupting the country in the process.

Thom Hartmann on Obama's Economic Speech and the Two Santa Claus Theory, 08 January 2009

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 www.thedailybeast.com 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 www.regnery.com Topic: Will Western Capitalism survive? 3 choices for the future: autocracy, democracy or theocracy (his new book is Shadow World)

Guest: Christy Harvey www.americanprogress.org 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.

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On the Program - Jan 7th 2009

Hour One - The Best of the the Rest of the News - Thom's Take
Hour Two - Adam Michaelson www.us.penguingroup.com Topic: the real story of what happened with the implosion of Countrywide
Hour Three "Everything You Know is Wrong" Jim Rubens www.oversuccess.com 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 www.familyofsecrets.com 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 www.350.org Topic: Why is "350: the most important number on earth"?

January 02 2009 show notes


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On the Program - Jan 5 2009

Quote:"It's not too late to seek a newer world."- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Hour One - Executive Director JStreet Jeremy Ben-Ami www.jstreet.org & Palestinian Journalist Ray Hanania www.themediaoasis.com Topic: Gaza...Israeli ground attacks

Hour Two - Carrie Lukas www.iwf.org Topic:Thom and Carrie debate - What should be included in the '09 economic stimuluspackage?

Hour Three - Karina Vanden Huevel www.thenation.org Topic: newbook "The Nation Guide to The Nation"

Guest: Bill Samuel www.aflcio.org Topic: AFL-CIO and the new Administration

December 31 2008 show notes


  • New Year's Eve.

  • Gaza.

  • 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.

  • Guest: Former U.S.Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, American Enterprise Institute.

  • Guest: Gerald Celente, Director of the Trends Research Institute. Trends Journal: Top Trends 2009.

  • Guest: "Everything You Know is Wrong": Kat Tansey. Author, "Choosing to Be: Lessons in Living from a Feline Zen Master".

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