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Who is really behind ISIS (or ISIL) and who is actually fighting them? It’s not who you’d expect. In this revealing interview, the co-founder of Gulf State Analytics Giorgio Cafiero  explains what’s really going on in Yemen. And you can’t

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It’s been with us since before America’s founding. Now, as more and more of us demand a direction different from rule by the wealthiest few, the word populism is coming back into vogue. As Campaign for America’s Future’s Isaiah Poole

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You may not love tax day, but for America’s few billionaires, it’s like Christmas and you are Santa Claus. Billionaire Warren Buffett knows it’s wrong that his secretary pays a much higher share of her income than he does. And

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No question, Netanyahu skillfully used American fear tactics and political operatives to win re-election. In this highly informative discussion with Michael Winship, senior writer for Moyers & Company, it’s clear the same divide and conquer techniques used by the American

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Generally it seems that people’s eyes glaze over when the subject is the federal budget.  This years it’s different. The Republicans are now in control of both the House and the Senate. Their PR machine is calling it “A balanced

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Though it’s dropped out of the headlines recently, the situation in Ukraine and Russia is remarkably dangerous for the west. And according to our guest, Patrick L Smith, columnist for Salon and a veteran of the International Herald Tribune, most of the…

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Talk about making history! On Thursday September 18, Scotland votes on whether or not to declare independence from the United Kingdom. My guest is Bob Campbell, a Scot who is in the north of England. He doesn’t want a Yes vote because Campbell figures …

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The presidency of Bill Clinton was, on the domestic side, “just as damaging to the nation as George W Bush’s was on the foreign policy side.” This according to today’s guest Dr. Steven Jonas author and co-author of many books and former insider on the …

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Though American history is full of left-leaning populist movements, for the last few years, the only populism has been on the far right. That may be changing, so argues Elias Isquith, assistant editor at Salon.com.

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A new progressive populist movement is gaining momentum. More and more every day, people are realizing that we are not powerless, that we can successfully take on the moneyed elite that has been manipulating the national economy for their own financial…

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What do you know about the Federal Reserve Bank? Most people assume it is a government institution. It is not. What it is is the bankers’ bank, serving the interests of the big banks as it great affects our whole economy. On this show attorney Ellen Br…

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The personal is political. On part one, Dr Asoka Banderage delves into changes needed for sustainability at both the psychological and the political level. Her new book is Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the …

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The Tea Partiers represent an enraged class of white men that feel like they are seeing society change in ways they don’t like. We’ve seen this before, at the end of the Civil War and in the 1950s Jim Crow South. Now investigative reporter Robert Parry…

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Who serves whom? Should the big Wall Street financial houses dictate our future? Right now it seems we, the people, are made to serve the big banks. But is that the only way? Marc Armstrong, executive director of the Public Banks Institute tals about a…

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Judy Wicks’ new book is Good Morning Beautiful Business; The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer. It’s a new 21st century way of doing business. And in this discussion she describes a model both left and right can a…

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It seems they exist in a world above everyone else. The big banks play by their own rules, which certainly appears to be greed pure and simple. Of course the rest of us pay the price. Dearly at that. Senior Fellow at the Campagin for America’s Future R…

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The wealthiest Americans in the country have disproportionate influence over our nation’s leaders. Problem is, as F Scott Fitzgerald noted, the rich are different. Today’s guest, Professor Benjamin Page, is co-author of a new study of th…

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It may sound fair, but in reality, “Fix the Debt” is the same folks as the bogus No Labels group. Depite the title, it’s not about cutting the deficit and reducing the debt, it’s really about rich people staying rich and siphoning all the public money …

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Most economists recognize the “fiscal cliff” as an invented crisis. High unemployment is the real problem, yet where is the political pressure on this? Today’s guest is Robert Pollin, professor of economics at UMAss Amherst and founding co-director of its hgily regarded Political Economy Research Institute (PERI). In his new book Back to Full Employment, Pollin argues our current preoccupation with the fiscal cliff is all wrong, and that our real national security requres a new focus on federal stimulation of  job growth. Let’s do what works!

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My intended guest unintendingly created a surprise opportunity for a monologue on the Newtown massacre and what might be done now. Guest Bill Shireman, CEO of Future500, finally reached the radio studio halfway through this show. He proposes a six pron…

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Ever since Henry Ford, the work pace has been speeding up. Fewer people are working a greater percentage of their lives, and there’s more economic instability and less personal satisfaction. A hundred years ago, women strikers at the Lawrewnce Mills de…

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High speed massive stock trades are something relatively new but are now pervasive on Wall Street. What do they mean for the larger economy? To control any dangerous volatility, Europe is moving quickly to institute a miniscule financial transactions t…

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It could not be more significant. On Sunday June 17th, with a second election in as many months. the people of Greece will have a major say regarding the future of their economy as well as that of all Europe, and that of the US for that matter. The up …

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One of the worlds top writers, researchers, and speakers on the subject of the rise of wealth inequality, Chuck Collins talks about his new book. Burt and Chuck talk about how and when the rules changed to benefit the top few, and what precedence there…

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The big banks, together with the privately run Federal Reserve, are strangling our economy. Nearly half the money we pay when we buy virtually anything is for interest payments. But there’s no reason why states, regions, or municipalities can’t start t…

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On November 3rd, Ben Bernanke’s Federal Reserve Bank announced it would print another 600 billion dollars. What’s the goal, what does it mean for our economy? Listen in as Burt and University of Montreal Economic Profressor Rod Tremlay discuss the matt…

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In this revealing interview, author David Rosen looks at what really drives the Tea Party. It’s not just the fiscal insurrectionists, angry formerly middle class Americans. And it’s not just the oligarchs who fund the movement for their own benefit eit…

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What would happen to our economy if the Republicans actually passed their new “Pledge to America?” UMass economics professor Richard Wolff dissects the facts.

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In economically difficult times, the pressure is on to cut public services in favor of economic development. But according to a new non-partisan study by the Political Economy Research Institute, that’s precisely the wrong approach. For both the short …

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