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Jun 222010

It’s now Tuesday, so the weirdness that was Monday has passed. Or so we thought!

Official White House photo by Pete Souza

I awoke this morning to the same headlines as everyone else: The Runaway General.  That’s the name of the incredible new piece in Rolling Stone with the subtitle, “Stanley McChrystal, Obama’s top commander in Afghanistan, has seized control of the war by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House.”  Yikes!

So, obviously, no shortage of things to talk about today!

We’ll begin the show with Christina Bellantoni, senior reporter for Talking Points Memo, who’s written at least four stories about that story today.

And we’ll wrap things up with an in-depth look at McChrystal– going back to his plan for covering up the real cause of Pat Tillman’s death, the leaking of his plan during last year’s policy review, and more – with Derrick Crowe of Brave New Films and Rethink Afghanistan.  Brave New Films has launched a petition on facebook calling on McChrystal to resign.  Sign on and pass it along!

The people at BP must be thanking God for Stanley McChrystal today. But while we’re preoccupied with insubordination, the oil keeps spewing from the ocean floor into the Gulf of Mexico.  I came across an interesting piece today on BuzzFlash, written by Nikolas Kozloff (author of No Rain in the Amazon: How South America’s Climate Change Affects the Entire Planet) entitled BP Oil Catastrophe Unleashes a Hidden Toxic Killer of Life and Climate: Methane.”  He’ll also join in for a quick explanation of this “800 pound gorilla” in the gulf.

Hopefully the chat trolls will leave us alone. But if they don’t, you can join in the chat here!

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…


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