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Jan 182011

Yes, another busy day here in the Radio or Not studios.  I’ll host my regular show today, at the regular 10-noon ET time, and then change gears to guest host the Randi Rhodes Show this afternoon (3-6pm ET), as she’s been caught up in the ice storm that’s paralyzing the northeast again today.  Nice winter, huh?

There’s plenty to talk about, including Sarah Palin’s pity party on Faux News last night, and the ramp up to the GOP vote to repeal health care, and much more…

And when it’s Tuesday, we hang with GottaLaff of The Political Carnival for a look at the rest of the news…

VIDEO: BLUNT Speaks to Speaker Boehner

VIDEO: Glory, Glory Sarah Palin? “Sarah Palin Battle Hymn”

Piers Morgan bans Keith Olbermann from new CNN show

“You didn’t have to make fun of Reince…it was built in… He would cheat on exams.” A letter to Jon Stewart.

Failed Republican Indiana congressional candidate charged with making threats

PhotOh! Blogger confuses closed captioning of Obama speech for applause prompt, scrubs critical comments

Asking the Right Questions: “Do you want them in your house overnight with a gun in their hands?” (by a TEEN!)

Tucson Shooting Victim Apologizes for Outburst Directed at Tea Party Leader

More later….

Jan 112011

Those of us on the left aren’t the only ones who immediately thought of Sarah Palin’s crosshairs map and Sharron Angles’ “Second Amendment remedies” when we heard that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot. The right wing immediately went into defensive mode.

Did you notice that the first time we heard Sheriff Dupnik speak on Saturday, he called out professional incendiary talkers:

“People tend to poo-poo this business about all the vitriol that we hear inflaming the American public by people who make a living off of doing that. That may be free speech, but it’s not without consequences.”

You’ll notice that, not once on the day of the shooting, did Sheriff Dupnik ever single out which people he was talking about or on what side of the political divide they stand. Everyone knows, because that type of violent rhetoric, gun imagery and murderous metaphors tend to come, almost exclusively, from the right.

As they say, if the shoe fits…

Of course, the pushback has been strong. Just this morning, I was asked to be a guest on a right wingers’ radio show down here in South Florida. I knew it was a mistake before I went on, but I believe that if we’re ever going to get beyond this, we have to talk it through.  Of course, the host – Steve Kane – tried to make it about me, then began spewing hateful lies and attacks (Barney Frank ran a “whorehouse.” ) I finally just hung up.

All I’d like to hear from one of them is that it’s time to end the violent calls to action and the hateful rhetoric.  I haven’t heard it yet.

Today on the show, I’ll be joined by Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center.  I think he’ll tell us that the shooter wasn’t part of any organized group, wasn’t particularly political, wasn’t acting out a hate crime… but is a mentally ill young man.  That doesn’t negate the fact that the hate speak must stop!

I’ll also be joined by Howie Klein of Down With Tyranny, who yesterday posted lots of examples of the types of incendiary rhetoric that could easily lead someone with a mental illness to act in a similar fashion.

My friend, who blogs as GottaLaff at The Political Carnival joins me every Tuesday morning to dish on the news. She’s pulled together lots of stories surrounding the shootings in Tucson that we’ll talk about today:

Flashback to 2009, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS): “We hunt Democrats…”

2009 VIDEO: Republican Uses Democratic Opponent’s Name as Target Practice

VIDEO: Sarah Palin “shoots” Mitt Romney. What message does that send?

VIDEO: Sarah Palin – ABC Interview, 2nd Amendment Rights

2008: Sarah Palin blamed by the US Secret Service over death threats against Barack Obama

Sarah Palin: “Shoot with accuracy; aim high and remember it takes blood, sweat and tears to win.”

UPDATED- Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords SHOT In Arizona, along with others. MSNBC: Expected to pull through. Federal judge killed.

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis: I received “Danny Davis is next” e-mail

Two Lawmakers Say They’ll Be Armed

Jared Loughner was a registered independent, didn’t vote in 2010 election

Inexplicable edits on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page; comment justifying 9-year-old victim’s death not deleted

Jared Loughner’s college professor not surprised he was charged with murders.

“The hard left is going to try and silence the Tea Party movement by blaming us for this.”

Jul 282010

What a show we have for you tonight.  Unfortunately, I have no time for the rest of the interviews I taped at Netroots Nation… all the more reason to tune in tomorrow night!

Of course, the big story today comes from Arizona, where US District Court Judge Susan Bolton blocked the most controversial sections of SB 1070, which was slated to take effect tomorrow.  The law will still go into effect tomorrow, but without the most heinous provisions– including the sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws, and the parts that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.

We’ll start the show with an interview with Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona, who also co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and get his take on what the judge’s ruling means.

We’ll follow that up with a representative of a group still calling for a boycott of the Arizona Diamondbacks and demanding that major league baseball not hold their all-star game in Arizona next year.

Lizz Winstead, Jason Leopold, Nicole Sandler

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the day that Sarah Palin left her job as Governor of Alaska, less than halfway through her one and only term.  Upon her resignation, she told her constituents that she couldn’t be effective in working on their behalf as a lame duck governor.  So, what has she done for them in the year since leaving office?  Jeanne Devon, aka AKMuckraker, editor of The Mudflats blog, will join us to talk about the former half-Governor from Alaska…

After checking in with Talk Radio News Service for a news update, we’ll hear my interview with Washington insider and columnist for The Hill, Brent Budowsky, who’s just about had it with the Democratic party.

And we’ll wrap up the show with Jason Leopold of for a recap of yesterday’s vote in the House on the war supplemental funding bill.


Jul 062010

It’s another busy day on the Randi Rhodes Show…

I’ll be joined by Greg Sargent who writes the Plum Line blog for the Washington Post.  We’ll talk about the big story of the day: The DOJ has filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona over the constitutionality of its immigration law.

Jon Maddux, CEO of You Walk Away will explain how his company “empowers homeowners through intelligent strategic default”… Yep, they say you walk away from your mortgage!

And Jason Leopold, Deputy Managing Editor at will tell us about his newest investigative report: “Dangerous Cost Cuts at Alyeska Pipeline: ‘Yet Another Example of How BP Runs Things.’”

We had a last minute change in the show, as Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona joined us to talk about the Justice Department’s lawsuit against his state.  Grijalva, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is one of the only elected officials in Arizona speaking out against the immigration law.  (Congressman Grijalva bumped Jason Leopold… he’ll join me Thursday on Randi’s show, and he came on my show tonight to talk about the story… see the blog post above for more!)

And legendary keyboardist Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Bros Band, Eric Clapton and many more) joined in to tell us about the environmental website he co-founded, Mother Nature Network.

And, of course, your phone calls at 866-87-RANDI, 3-6 pm ET!

May 122010

Wednesdays are always fun for me, because we start the show with a visit from Christy Harvey of the Center for American Progress. I’ve never met Christy in person, but became a fan of hers during the early days of Air America where she was a frequent guest on the Al Franken Show.

Last year, when I was doing nights on Air America, I contacted Christy and asked if she’d do a similar segment with me.. and we’ve been doing it ever since.  She brings great insight and lots of news stories to talk about that we other wise might have missed… And her project, MicCheckRadio is one of the sites I visit every day!

It’s a very busy show tonight… so here’s a glimpse at who else will be joining me…

Philip Smith is editor of the Drug War Chronicle at He’ll join me to discuss President Obama’s first national drug policy, released earlier this week, and detailed in the piece, “Obama’s First National Drug Stragy — The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

In hour two, we’ll get a report on the day’s news from the Talk Radio News Service…

Then we’ll check in with Norman Solomon, nationally syndicated columnist and author of numerous books including his latest, “Made Love, Got War.”  Norman also serves as national co-chair of PDA’s  Healthcare NOT Warfare campaign.  He’ll join me tonight to talk about a piece he wrote for Common Dreams earlier this week, “Kagan in Context: Shifting Progressive Values.”

And we’ll close out the show with Brandon Thorpe & Penn Bullock, the two reporters for Miami New Times who broke the story about George Rekers and his luggage carrier.  Read their coverage here and the follow-up story here.

Apr 282010

There’s a truly remarkable, albeit depressing website. Click on CostofWar. com and you can see, to the second, how much the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are costing us. I can’t even post the figure, as it’s constantly changing… the counters move faster than the ones at the gas pump.

Tonight, I’ll chat with a couple of people who’ve done the math in California.  You probably remember reading about the students in California protesting the rate hikes in the state university system just last month.  Now, Brave New Foundation, University of California Student Leaders, and the Consumer Federation of California have teamed up to raise awareness of the impact and cost of the war in Afghanistan on California’s taxpayers, particularly students

Tonight, I’ll be joined by UC Berkeley student Ramon Quintero and  Zack Kaldveer, Communications Director, Consumer Federation of California.  Click here to see the film they put together with Brave New Foundation, and read California’s Great Recession and and the Costs of War.

We’ll start the show with a look at some of the news stories we might otherwise have missed with Christy Harvey, director of strategic communications for the Center for American Progress and

I was thrilled when I heard that Joe Garcia would run for Congress again! He should have won in 2008, but lost in a close race to Mario Diaz-Balart,  the incumbent in FL’s 25th District. Diaz-Balart is changing districts to run for the seat currently held by his brother, who’s retiring, as it’s a safer Republican bet. Joe left his job with the Obama Administration’s Energy Dept to run again.. He’ll join me tonight at around 7:20pm ET.

And we’ll wrap up the night with my favorite activist David Swanson, who’ll give us all the details about tomorrow’s Teach In on Capital Hill, moderated by Congressman Dennis Kucinich, and including Jeremy Scahill, Swanson, Ann Wright, conscientious objector Josh Steiber and others…

Apr 272010

What a difference a day makes! Although I’m not 100% yet, I am feeling much better today.  And it’s a good thing, because it was a very busy show tonight…

We started with comedian Jamie Kilstein who, along with Allison Kilkenny hosts Citizen Radio. Jamie has a new CD out, called Zombie Jesus

It had been a while since I last spoke with Congressman Dennis Kucinich. He joined me tonight to talk about the wars and what it’ll take to end them, health care reform and why he voted the way he did, financial reform, and more… If you happen to be in Washington DC on Thursday, join him for a “Teach In on Capital Hill: What Congress Must Do to End US Wars and Help Secure a Peaceful Middle East“  (More about the Teach In tomorrow, with activist David Swanson.)

Environmentalist/Activist/Author Bill McKibben, founder of, has a new book out… Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.  We talked about the book, the crazy weather we’ve been experiencing lately and how it’s all connected to climate change.

Ellen Ratner checked in with a news update from the Talk Radio News Service.

But there’s more…. My boyfriend sent me this column about Pat Tillman, written by Bill Dwyre, sports columnist for the LA Times. I was so impressed with what he wrote so I emailed him and asked him to join me to discuss it…

And finally, I checked in with investigative journalist Greg Palast to talk about his latest piece for “Behind the Arizona Immigration Law: The GOP Game to Swipe the November Election” — another way to look at the insanity from the most unwelcoming state in the nation…

And one more thing… Senator Carl Levin is my hero of the week, thanks to this line of questioning from today’s hearing on Goldman Sachs…

Apr 272010

Sorry for the delay in posting last night’s show. I’ve been somewhat sidelined by the flu, so am moving at a slower pace than normal…  Better late than never, I suppose.

We were also plagued by some technical problems last night. I’m pretty sure I’ve got those figure out, so tonight should be flawless. (I hope you found the humor in that statement!)

Last night’s show included a conversation with filmmaker Zach Roberts, who’s working on “The Rogue Candidate: Sarah Palin’s REAL Alaska.”  We got our regular Monday night news update from Victoria Jones at the Talk Radio News Service.

And Crooks & Liars‘ Nicole Belle joined in for a recap of the Sunday talk shows…

Tonight promises to be a busy show… I’ll be joined by Congressman Dennis Kucinich, environmentalist/author Bill McKibben, LA Times sports columnist Bill Dwyre, political comedian Jamie Kilstein… and I’ll try to get a handle on the Goldman Sachs hearings happening today on Capitol Hill too… Talk to you tonight, 6-8pm ET… Radio or not!

Apr 212010

Listener Marc in Phoenix emailed today to tell me that Mercury is in retrograde. It actually started on 4/18 and will remain so until 5/11. Perhaps that explains the weird news that’s taken over the airwaves today.

I talked about some of these stories with Christy Harvey of the Center for American Progress and Mic Check Radio, who joins me for the first segment of the show on most Wednesdays. Tonight, we talked about the craziness that is Nevada GOP Senatorial hopeful Sue Lowden and her claims that you can barter with your doctor or pay for medical treatment with a chicken.

We also talked about voice actor Lance Baxter, the GEICO announcer, who was fired over leaving an angry phone message for FreedomWorks and lots more…

After getting frustrated about the outright lies told by the GOP about, in this case, the financial reform bill, I called upon researcher/reporter Angie Drobnic Holan to shed some light on Mitch McConnell’s insane claim that it guarantees ongoing bank bailouts.

Victoria Jones checked in with a news update from the Talk Radio News Service.

And we finished the show with a visit from Crooks & LiarsJohn Amato, talking about the police state that Arizona has become, the awful mocking of’s Joan Walsh by the vapid Mika Brzezinski on “Morning Joe” yesterday:

…and more…


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