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Burt Cohen

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Under Vermont law  the nuclear plant at Vernon was to close March 21 2012. And even though the owners had agreed to abide by that law, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission trumped that law, and today the plant still runs. The debate over stat…

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Drones are not just for Pakistan anymore, they are coming soon to a neighborhood near you. There is now a large supply, and thanks to grants from Homeland Security, there’s also a growing demand for the domestic use of small, weaponless surveillance ai…

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On one hand, it’s an increasingly valuable commodity. On the other hand, it’s necessary for all life. We’re talking about water. While some countries are selling their water assets to private interests, there are also cities taking over private water c…

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Fear replaces rational thinking; FDR knew this. Most Americans don’t personally know any Muslims but we do know that those who caused 9/11 claimed to be Muslim. So today in 2012, we are in the grips of Islamophobia. The Institute for Policy Stu…

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In exchange for giving up their rights to water in 1969, the Navajo and Hopi were promised they’d be returned to them in fifty years. As we approach that deadline, Arizona Senators Kyl and McCain are rushing a bill through the senate to keep control in…

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One the first half hour, Professor Noam Chomsky discusses his area of expertise,  the situation in the Middle East. As you might expect, he’s not real optimisitic for avoiding war against Iran. And on the second half hour, 1972 presidential nomine…

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Americans cheered last spring as the people of Egypt overthrew the dictator Hosni Mubarak. Temporary military rule was accepted by all as a way to ensure stability until democratic elections could be held. However now the military is ruling with a heav…

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The beginning of the culture war, made famous by Pat Buchanan, can be traced to American art emerging in the fifties and sixties. Everything from Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol to Mad Magazine and the Yippies arises from an aesthetic sensibility scor…

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It seems like decades that the right wing has claimed to own the values discussion. But on this show, Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University talks about some of the ways America is betraying its most impo…

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You probably never heard of the Federal Arts Project from the 1930s. President Roosevelt understood that artists had to eat, and that the Great Depression needed stimulus to lift the nation out of the despair. There’s a new exhibit of some of this art …

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Journalist Ethan Casey has lived in and written books about Pakistan, a much misunderstood country. In this interview, he talks about what’s real and what is not in nuclear-armed Pakistan. Is the government a reliable US ally? What’s likely ahead for…

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On February 25 1952 a federal appeals court turned down Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s appeal of their conviction for conspiracy to commit espionage. The parents of two young boys were then killed in the electric chair. Now powerful new information…

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For many years, the choice community has had difficulty reaching and convincing younger women that reproductive rights really can be taken away. On this show, Salon columnist Irin Carmon argues that the sudden rise of the startlingly extreme Rick S…

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John Adams said: There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword, the other is by debt. Germany militarily oppressed Greece in the second phase of the World War, and now many people recognize a financial oppression at work. The …

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It’s hard to miss the steady drumbeat toward an Israeli-led attack on Iran. If Ahmadinijad really is building a nuclear bomb, isn’t a preventive war a lesser evil than a policy of appeasement? Has Netanyahu boxed himself into a corner so badly that he …

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It’s called “Americans for a Better Tomorrow Today,” on line it’s occupy2012pac.org. Started by Vermont political veterans Bob Stannard and Todd Bailey, it’s already got it’s first advertisement out. The point is to not let there be one set of rules fo…

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March against Monsanto
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We’ve seen it before in American history: farmers, workers, and young people taking to the streets, uniting against powerful forces of greed. In this case, it’s Food Democracy Now and others taking it straight to Monsanto, maker of harm-causing genetic…

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Gingrich kicked butt in South Carolina. Are you part of that nation?
It’s not just blue vs red, North vs South. There’s us here in Yankeedom, Then there’s New Netherlands, The Midlands, Tidewater, Greater Appalachia, The Deep South (of course), New Fra…

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Since Newt hates it, that proves Hollywood is doing something right. While the Oscar nomintations are freshly out, bolder films are also recognized by the un-Oscars: the annual Progressive Movie Awards. The nominations are just out and while many of th…

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Every year, there are always a few truly crazy bills. But this year, the ultra-Right House leadership is behind some actually dangerous ones. Such as: making it harder to arrest in domestic violence. Doing away with medicare. Guaranteeing higher prop…

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Congress came back to work on January 17th 2012 and they were met by crowds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. This interview with Mark Bray, part of the original press team for OWS, looks at the goals, the strategies, and answers concerns about how …

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You know the prize fighter of the same name but you’ve never heard of the John L Sullivan from Manchester NH who served in Treasury and the Navy under Presidents Roosevelt and Truman. But there’s a new book out by Stephen Clarkson abot the life and tim…

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Who better to analyze the just completed New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary than former Republican Party Chair Fergus Cullen. What happened, how influential will Ron Paul’s “cause of liberty” be, how hated is Rick Perry by the party, what to…

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Las Vegas and much of Southwestern US is lit up by dirty coal from Navajo Nation. Yet many of the impoverished people there lack electricity or water. Guest on this show is Elsa Johnson, a Navajo organizer who talks about recent successes they’ve had t…

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It’s more than the similar time of year. According to guest Rabbi Michael Lerner, of Tikkun Magazine and chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, both holidays mark times in which people without power successfully took on the powers of tyrann…

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Why has Buddy Roemer been kept out of Republican debates? He was governor of Louisiana and a member of congress and maybe the reason is that he’s talking about taking on the real power behind both parties. But as frontrunners come and go, he’s getting …

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It used to be that the Republicans marched in lock step with religious-driven voters. According to Josh Lederman, who covers campaigns and elections for The Hill, the congressional daily newspaper, the days of the right’s monopoly on support from faith…

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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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The police are there to serve citizens and protect us from dangers. The military makes war on enemies. A big difference, obviously. But for a number of reasons, America’s police have been morphing into more of a military force. Burt’s gust is Alex Pare…

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Have you ever wondered about the legal fiction of corporate personhood? You are hardly alone. There’s a movement rapidly gaining steam to amend the Constitution to do away with this tremendous power now given to corporate entities at the expense of …

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