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The Bob & Chez Show Podcast: Trump Hires Breitbart Stooge, Plus Roger Ailes Is Taking Over Trump’s Debate Prep

Today’s topics include: Let Trump Be Trump; Trump Hires Breitbart Stooge to Run His Campaign; Roger Ailes Taking Over Trump’s Debate Prep; Who is Steve Bannon; Trump’s Lawyer Denies the Polls on CNN; Screw Intelligence; Trump is Mr.Show More Summary

"The New Trump"? Or is Character Destiny? (See "The New Nixon")

LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Trump begins the week with the WSJ urging the RNC to cut him loose if he can't turn around his floundering campaign by Labor Day...and ends it with the Bannon-Manafort shuffle. Cooke & Lamarche laugh off the chance he can stop scratching his attention-getting-disorder itch. Show More Summary

‘If You’re So Proud of This Technology, Put It on the Label’ - CounterSpin interview with Patty Lovera about GMO labeling

"If we’re going to tell people that they are voting with their dollars and they're making decisions, you have to give them all the information. And when we came to that line, the industry wasn’t willing to do that."

Felicia Kornbluh on the Politics of Welfare

we're told we're in a moment of reconsideration, perhaps, of the notion that depriving needy people of assistance would lead to their gainful employment and well-being. A true reconsideration of the 1990s welfare overhaul would require a so-far invisible recentering of the people in its crosshairs: low-income women, particularly mothers raising children on their own.

Is Trump In A Summer Slump Or Spiral?

LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Shrum and Christie largely agree on Trump's trajectory -- almost no chance to win POTUS because "gaffes" that didn't sink him among only GOP voters are now revealing him as temperamentally unfit to be president. Show More Summary

‘We’re Trying to Transform How Policy Looks in the 21st Century’ - CounterSpin interview with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson on 'A Vision for Black Lives'

"This very platform is a manifestation of ongoing work that’s been happening in the black radical tradition, in the black liberation struggle, before many of us were even born."

Donna Murch on For-Profit Punishment, Patty Lovera on GMO Labeling

One of the legacies of Michael Brown's killing, two years ago this week, was the exposure of police departments like Ferguson, Missouri's, that have a system for profiting from fines and fees for low-level infractions that targets African-Americans disproportionately.

Season 2, Episode 07: How Book Publishing Has Changed and What it Means for You [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the changing world of book publishing. If you are an author—or an aspiring author—this episode is for you. I am always surprised by how many people have either written or want to write […]

‘The Real Battle Is, Who’s Going to Own the Energy Supply?’ - CounterSpin interview with Harvey Wasserman on renewables and nuclear energy

"These guys running around defending nuclear power aren’t just defending nuclear power. What they’re really about is protecting the grid, which is corporate-owned and corporate-controlled."

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson on A Vision for Black Lives, William Hartung on US Arms Trade

The Movement for Black Lives has never relied on corporate media to get their message out. But the coalition's newly released policy platform does provide an opportunity for journalists—sometimes given to ponder what black activists are for—to engage those ideas.

‘We Have to Have Disability as Part of Our Discussion’ - CounterSpin interview with David Perry on disability and police violence

"The media will talk about someone with mental illness, but it’s often in a way that blames the mental illness for the eventual force used against them."

‘These Agreements Depend on Secrecy in Order to Pass’ - CounterSpin interviews with Lori Wallach, Peter Maybarduk and Karen Hansen-Kuhn on trade pacts and corporate globalization

"These are specific choices. Interests that wanted to pursue certain strategies for their maximizing of profits got their protections to help them offshore, put in specific instruments called NAFTA, WTO, that deliver a specific version of globalization."

David Perry on Disabilities and Police Violence, Harvey Wasserman on Nuclear vs. Renewables

The disability community is routinely marginalized in the media, making hard to address the frequency with which law enforcement's use of force involves people with disabilities.

The Bob & Chez Show Podcast: The Dem Convention Is Underway, Plus The Trump-Putin Link Threatens The Election

Today’s topics include: Putin and the Russians Behind the DNC Leak Story; The Story of the Year; Bernie or Bust People Aren’t Seeing the Big Picture; Sarah Silverman Nails Busters; The Progressive Party Platform; Bernie Sanders and The...Show More Summary

Trump's Weak: Four Days from "Mad Max" and "Network"

LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green When you combine a Putin personality (says Kasparov) with a sociopath (says author of Art of The Deal), you get a Convention that wants to jail Hillary Clinton. Stuart Stevens and Ron Reagan agree that he's...Show More Summary

‘The Impact That It Had on People Was Not Really Covered’

"So for Democrats and Republicans, the stake is the vote, and they are both in the battle to keep power or to gain power, but for communities like the ones United We Dream works with, which we work largely with Latino and immigrant communities in over 25 states, what is at stake is really an existential threat for us."

‘The Public Is Viewed Not as Someone to Be Helped, but as an Enemy to Be Contained’

"What’s needed is something that really asks, why have we so dramatically expanded the role for police, and why are we so heavily targeting poor and minority communities for this kind of intensive and invasive policing?"

Lori Wallach, Peter Maybarduk and Karen Hansen-Kuhn on Corporate Globalization

Few ideas are as hard-wired into current corporate media as the notion that so-called "free trade" agreements of the sort we have are best for everyone. Given that the deals are not primarily about trade, and that what freedom they entail accrues to corporations and not people, you could say the very use of the term "free trade" implies a bias,

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