Howard Zinn compares the economic crisis of today with the Great Depression
In our current economic meltdown, pundents rush to compare our present-day situation to the Great Depression. We talk with historian, author, playwright, and social activist, Howard Zinn, to explore the truth in the comparisons, and where they fall short.
We also feature Oral Histories from the Library of Congress.
Guests include journalist Mark Danner, who was for many years a staff writer at The New Yorker and contributes frequently to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine and other publications. He discusses how the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report that the Bush administration's treatment of Al Qaeda captives in CIA prisons "constituted torture."
"Four Health Care Advocates Talk about the Oregon State Legislature." Roberta Hall moderates a discussion with Joe Zaerr representing the Archimedes Movement, Betty Johnson representing Health Care for All Oregon and Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates, and Mike Huntington representing Physicians for a National Health Program.
Host Per Fagereng speaks with Pepe Escobar, reporter for "The Asia Times" about Afghanistan.
An extreme traveler, Pepe's nose for news takes him to all corners of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination (Masoud: From warrior to statesman, Sept 11, 2001). Two weeks before September 11, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, "The Asia Times" published his prophetic piece, Get Osama! Now! Or else . (Aug 30, 2001).
Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban's retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from "Axis of Evil" countries Iraq and Iran.
Hosts Northwest Vets for Peace focus on the issues of women veterans of the war in Iraq. Hosts Marvin, Bill, and J.T. speak with Nancy Sloan, program manager of the Veterans Health Services for Women at the Portland VA Medical Center. For information call 503 220-8262, ext 55595 or ext 54838. Their next focus group meeting is on March 31st from 12 to 1 at 8383 NE Sandy Blvd at the Vet's Center.
The show also mentioned the National Womens History Project, 3343 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa, California 95403.
Analysis of the victory of the party of the Salvadoran revolutionary movement in elections in El Salvadore; a report on the RNC 8, activists and anarchists facing major terrorism charges; and an update on the situation in the West Bank where Israeli troops shot 3 young Palestinians.
Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown
Richard Wolff has been a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts since 1981. Dr. Wolff's major interests include the critical comparison of alternative economic theories (neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian), the application of advanced class analysis to contemporary global capitalism, and new developments in Marxian economics. He is a member of the editorial board of several academic journals including Rethinking Marxism. He also publishes regular analyses of current economic events on the websites www.globalmacroscope.com and www.monthlyreview.org/mrzine. He has co-authored several books with Stephen Resnick, including The Economics of Colonialism: Britain and Kenya; Rethinking Marxism: Struggles in Marxist Theory; Knowledge and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy and Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical. He also co-authored Bringing it all Back Home: Class and Gender in the Modern Household with Harriet Fraad and Stephen Resnick.
"Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown" is a new DVD from the Media Education Foundation.