Monday March 30 2009
Protesters in Europe gear up to greet leaders from the G-20 countries--marking President Obama's first oversees visit. We'll speak with Belinda Calaguas of the NGO Action Aid UK. We'll also speak to Capitol Hill correspondent Yanmei Xie of Capitol News Connection and FSRN about this weeks Congressional vote on Obama's 2010 budget resolution, and we'll finish with economic historian Steve Fraser, author of Wall Street: America's Dream Palace, about previous financial sector meltdowns and government responses.
Friday March 27 2009
Today President Obama announced that he will send an additional 4,200 soldiers to Afghanistan and that he plans to assist the Pakistani government in fighting Taliban and other opposition forces in the Federal Administered Tribal Areas on the shared Afghan/Pakistan
border. We'll get analysis from military expert Conn Hilinan of Foreign Policy in Focus.
Thursday March 26 2009
Republican Senator Arlen Specter delivers a major blow to organized labor as he announces his opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act. We'll hear excerpt from Specter's announcement and talk to progressive populist icon Jim Hightower.
Wednesday March 25 2009
Is President Obama willing to negotiate down on his 2010 budget proposal on such things as health care and climate change? We talk to Democratic Congressional Member Jackie Speier of California and Jim Horney with the Center for Budget Policy and Priorities.
Tuesday March 24 2009
Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA), who serves on the powerful House Financial Services Committee, tells Letters to Washington that Treasury Secretary Geithner's new banking plan continues the failed corporate welfare policies of the Bush administration. We'll also get analysis from Jane Darista, economic analyst with the Financial Markets Center.
Monday March 23 2009
We analyze President Obama's message to Iran and Iran's response with Iranian born and raised Shahram Aghamir, producer of the show Voices of the Middle East and North Africa.
Friday March 20 2009
Is the political, media and public furor over AIG bonuses a red herring deflecting attention from deeper economic problems? We'll ask Lawrence Mitchell, professor of Business Law @ George Washington University. Author of the award winning book The Speculation Economy.
Thursday March 19 2009
Marking the 6 year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, we speak to the former top US weapons inspector in Iraq. Charles Duelfer, who headed the Iraq Survey Group. It was his report that was the final exclamation point to disprove claims of WMDs in Iraq.
Wednesday March 18 2009
We look at the stalled housing bankruptcy bill in the Senate and we speak to US Senate Historian Don Ritchie about what a filibuster actually is and where does it come from.
Tuesday March 17 2009
Democrats V Democrats? We'll speak to Coral Davenport of Congressional Quarterly and Joel Berg of the NYC Coalition Against Hunger.
Monday March 16 2009
Chinese Premier Wen Jibao warns Obama to ensure China's $1 trillion US Investment. We speak to Economics Professor Martin Hart-Landsberg, author of "China & Socialism. And we take a closer look at US guns fueling Mexico's drug wars with Tom Diaz of the Violence Prevention Center. He testified to a Congressional Committee on the issue last week. http://tinyurl.com/dakumb (entire show)
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-Just on US Guns in Mexico: http://tinyurl.com/ctjs2g
Friday March 13 2009
Obama & the Drug Wars. We're joined by Ethan Nadelmann, Director of Drug Policy Alliance.
Thursday March 12 2009.
We talk to the "The Israel Lobby" about the curious case of Charles Chas Freeman, who withdrew Obama's nomination to become the chair of the National Intelligence Council. We're joined by Shoshana Bryen, founder of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.
Wednesday March 11 2009
US Military Support in Mexico and Professor Stephen Walt, International Affairs Professor at Harvard University. Author of the book "The Israel Lobby."
Tuesday March 10 2009
We speak to Robert Kaiser, who has been following politics in Washington for 45 years. He is the author of the new book “So Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government.
Monday March 9 2009
Stem Cell Research & Class Warfare: We speak to Nobel Prize Laureate of Medicine Harold Varmus…he serves as co-chair on Obama’s Advisory council on Science and Technology, and award winning journalist and author Barbara Ehrenreich, who’s books include this
Land is Their Land and Nickel and Dimed.
Letters from Washington: The First 100 Days for Friday March 6 2009
GOP Crisis, Realignment and Race: Part 2 of a 2 part series looking at the struggle in the GOP. We talk with former Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul and Antoine Members, an African American man who ran for Congress as a Republican in 2008.
Letters from Washington: The First 100 Days for Thursday March 5th 2009
Today we talk to Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler of NY about newly released Bush era documents on executive power and with Richard Viguerie, a founder of the modern day conservative movement, about the unrest within the GOP.
Letters from Washington: The First 100 Day for Wednesday March 4th 2009
Single payer health care proponents struggle with the White House. We're joined by former CA State Senator Sheila Keuhl.
Letters from Washington: The First 100 Days for Tuesday March 3rd 2009
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Economic global unrest grabs the attention of CIA and US Military. What are they worried about? We'll ask Andrej Grubacic, author of "Wobblies & Zapatistas: Conversations on
Anarchism, Marxist and radical history"
Letters from Washington: The First 100 Days for Monday March 2nd 2009
Democratic Representative Lynn Woolsey, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, on President Obama's Iraq withdrawal plan.
Letters from Washington: The First 100 Days for Friday February 27th 2009
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