In the first hour, PLANET ERSTWILD host James Moore speaks with investigative journalist/best-selling author Greg Palast about his piece THE WORST TEACHER IN CHICAGO highlighting the dynamics at work in the teacher strike underway in Chicago, the biggest in 26 years, especially with Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel now mayor. Palast also discusses his newest book Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, on sale now. Author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Armed Madhouse. Palast may be best known for uncovering Katherine Harris' purge of blacks from Florida's voter rolls in the 2000 presidential election.
At 3pm, James speaks with Jeremiah Goulka, a DC-based journalist who penned an essay this week WHY I LEFT THE GOP for TomDispatch that was picked up by Salon, Mother Jones, The Nation & others. Formerly an analyst at the RAND Corporation, a recovery worker in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Goulka was raised in Chicago in the Rockefeller Republican tradition with dreams of becoming involved in Republican politics. He talks about his personal transformation stirred by a visit to Iraq and a stark confrontation with poverty in Hurricane Katrina-stricken New Orleans.
A short trailer for the film REEL BAD ARABS will air toward the end of the hour. Documenting the dismissive way Hollywood treats Arab characters and characterizations, it will air in its entirety next week.
At 4pm, we go "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile, Oakland-based Emmy-award winning journalist & filmmaker who spent 10 years working in DC. This week's categories include Implausible Deniability (Take Two Drones and Call Me in the Morning), The Economy Doesn't suck--It Just Sucks for You (Record Poverty Rate Persists in U.S.), and Calling Dr. Dolittle (Birds Hold Funerals for Their Dead), as well as Good News and Odds & Ends. For a complete list of headlines with links, click "Read more" below.
1. Implausible Deniability
How the Gov’t Talks About a Drone Program it Won’t Acknowledge Exists
Drone Killing of Civilians Sparks Outrage in Yemen...Apathy in U.S.
Dead After 11 Years of Despair: A Prisoner Who Proved Gitmo Is Immoral
A Classified CIA Mea Culpa on Iraq
Bush Administration Kidnapped Gaddafi Opponents and Returned them to Libya to be Tortured
Former CIA Chief: Obama’s War on Terror Same as Bush’s, But With More Killing
Take Two Drones and Call Me in the Morning
2. The Economy Doesn't Suck. It Just Sucks For You.
Fed launches big stimulus, to buy bonds until jobs rebound
As Low Rates Depress Savers, Governments Reap Benefits
Equity Firms Like Bain Are Depicted as Colluding
Well-to-do get mortgage help from Uncle Sam
Record Poverty Rate Persists in U.S.
A Third of Americans Now Say They Are in the Lower Classes
3. Calling Dr. Dolittle
Rabbits Show their Pain: The extension of 'grimace scales' highlights their growing role in research
Lemon sharks 'learn' skills by watching each other
Chimp 'Secret Handshakes' May Be Cultural
Birds Hold Funerals for Their Dead
Animal-assisted therapy dogs work medical wonders
Zoos - species protection or animal abuse?
THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!
Obama's NDAA Law Allowing Indefinite Military Detention of Citizens Ruled Unconstitutional
High-Power Microwave Weapons Start to Look Like Dead End
U.S. Solar Installs More Than Doubled in Second Quarter
Walmart is Biggest Corporate User of Solar
How to clean up oil spills: A simple but effective method for magnetically separating oil and water
ODDS & ENDS:
Jobs for Military Vets to Rebuild Fisheries
America's refusal to extradite Bolivia's ex-president to face genocide charges
East Timor visit a 'message on US power'
Gaza Strip: Children hurt as Israel strikes tunnels
Tracking School Children With RFID Tags? It’s All About the Benjamins
Big Sugar's 'price supports' leave a sour taste for consumers
Kazakhstan Is Accused of Abusing Oil Workers
Iraq execution spree under the spotlight
“Legal Issues Related to the Lethal Targeting of U.S. Citizens Suspected of Terrorist Activities”
Exorcism boom in Poland sees magazine launch
5 of the most expensive paper bags
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