Paul Grussendorf My Trials: What I Learned In Immigration Court
Host Carlos Chavez interviews Paul Grussendorf next Wednesday, June 29th at 9-10am. They discuss his new book (e-book) My Trials: What I learned in Immigration Court. This will be a call in program, so we welcome your questions at (503) 231-8187.
Host Per Fagereng interviews Professor Zaher Wahab and journalist Gareth Porter about Afghanistan, Obama's announcement about troops there, and the future of the country.
Zaher Wahab is Professor of Education at Lewis and Clark College and a native of Afghanistan. Dr. Wahab served as senior advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan 2002-2006 and as a visiting researcher-professor in a masters degree program for teacher education faculty from Afghanistan’s 16 teacher training colleges 2007-2010. He has been spending about four months annually in that country since 2002. He just returned from three months in Afghanistan.
When we anthropomorphize nation-states and endow them with unmitigated self-expression we have a succinct definition of American exceptionalism, which is one part nationalism and another chauvanistic individualism. Tom Becker reads an article from Alter-Net that explores the history of national exceptionalism and how its American variant is, well, exceptional among them.
Robert Weissman points out it is still possible for government-owned companies like GM to be directed toward producing public goods, like mass-transit. Rob also suggests that there's no reason the government couldn't operate a publically-owned bank through Citi-group and not rip people off or use other predatory practices. If anything, this would, like unions, put pressure on the private sector to change. Then there is how the government could encourage sustainable development by investing in key industries for the public good (like green energy, high-speed rail and others). Rob points out how Texas is one of the leading producers of wind-power because of State-level investment.
Mr. President: With Joe on leave, Abe looks at the 7-decade growth of executive power in the U.S.
It's been nearly 70 years since the U.S. Congress has declared war. The current administration has enshrined anddeepened the surveillance state first ushered in under the auspices of the Cold War and the War on Drugs, and then imposed under G.W. Bush's War on Terror. Once-inviolable rights to counsel, swift trial, due process, security from search and seizure, and habeas corpus have been rendered insubstantial.
Bill and Brad discuss Ewan McColl, the radical folk-singer/song-writer from England and the impact of his ballads on raising political awareness around the world. Before that, Brad reflects on the last three years he's been doing these segments with the Old Mole and the importance of KBOO in general.