Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews journalist and social chameleon Harmon Leon, who is known for infiltrating and exposing the weird and wonderful subcultures of America. His most recent book is The American Dream, based on his roadtrip to uncover the humorous and contradictory ways in which people from all walks of life define themselves in relation to their country. Leon's pursuit takes him from the pot fields of Northern California to reality T.V. shows in Culver City and from swinging parties in the suburbs to Christian protests against fornicators in Kansas, offering a funny, satirical and poignant take on what it means to live in twenty-first century America.
We hear from the series Law and Disorder. Jonathan Hafetz, staff attorney of the ACLU, discusses the case of Ali Al-Marri and whether the President can declare legal residents, including American citizens, enemy combatants. And journalist Jeremy Scahill talks about "20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama's White House."
Hosts Cecil and Celeste lead a discussion of the question, "In the wake of Barack Obama's election as President, is racism suddenly becoming a thing of the past." Their guest is Barbara Smith, author of "The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom" and other books.
Professor and author Robert Jensen on How We Talk about the Vision for an Alternative and What Is Our Strategy for Getting There In an Era of a Democratic Party President. Produced by Global Voices for Justice.
Dennis Bernstein speaks with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern about Obama's decision to keep Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense and with Project Censored's Peter Phillips about his recent trip to Venezuela for the elections there.
President-elect Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has apologized for a racial slur made by his father Benjamin.
Last week the father of Rahm Emanuel stated in an interview with an Israeli paper, “Obviously he’ll influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn’t he? What is he, an Arab? He’s not going to be mopping floors at the White House.”
The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination called for Emanuel to renounce his father's statement, which he has now done.
Ibrahim Hooper, with the Council on American Islamic Relations, spoke with KBOO's Jenka Soderberg on the issue.
This morning US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced that some of the massive bailout package could be used to help consumers.
In his remarks, Paulson acknowledged that the bailout hasn’t delivered what he promised, when he asked Congress for the money last month.
He tried to make the case for the continuation of bank buyouts, but decided against the government buying devalued mortgages.
Dedrick Muhammed, with the Institute for Policy Studies, believes that what Paulson proposes is just more of the same.