KPFK Uprising! Interview

[ Posted Thursday, December 20th, 2012 – 12:30 UTC ]

Instead of a column today, I'll be working hard reviewing 2012 for tomorrow's big year-end awards column (see previous "Program Note" if you'd like to offer up nominees).

Rather than reading a column from my keyboard today, though, you can hear the interview I did this morning on the Uprising! show on KPFK radio (part of the Pacifica Network) in Los Angeles. For all the folks who were unable to hear me while driving to work this morning on L.A.'s freeways, you can hear the show at the Uprising Radio webpage (click on "Listen to this Segment" to hear the whole interview). You can also hear the interview from the Uprising Radio Facebook page, or at the KPFK site (click on "Play" or "Download" for the "Uprising! -- 12/20/12" list item).

The interview was prompted by last Monday's article, "If We're Going To Tax The Rich, Then Let's Tax The Rich," which caught the eye of the host of the show, Sonali Kolhatkar (and which has the charts discussed in the first few questions). This was a fun interview to do, because Sonali certainly knew the subject matter and because it was a full half-hour long. This allowed for more in-depth conversation, rather than me just trying to get in a few quick soundbites. We got to cover more subjects than even the original article, which allowed me to get in the subject I forgot last Monday (the estate tax).

It was too short for me to get in a blatant plug for our Holiday Pledge Drive here at though (...ahem...), but then radio's not really the best medium for pulling at heartstrings with kittens, is it?

Kidding aside, hope this interview will serve as a stand-in for today's column. Because I'll be busy making a list (and checking it twice) for tomorrow's "McLaughlin Awards" winners.

-- Chris Weigant


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17 Comments on “KPFK Uprising! Interview”

  1. [1] 
    michty6 wrote:

    I'm an accountant and love numbers. But I still thought that was probably one of the geekiest interviews I've ever heard ;)

  2. [2] 
    nypoet22 wrote:


    listened to the show before your spot, during and after. well done!


  3. [3] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    michty6 -

    Heh. Hey, when you give me a whole half-hour, I'm eventually going to go off into the weeds...


    joshua -

    Thanks! It was actually an enjoyable interview.


  4. [4] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:


    That was a wonderful interview! And, almost a full half hour, too! It’s nice to know that there are news outlets out there and interviewers who obviously appreciate a great guest when they have one in their midst. It was also nice that they linked to your HP article and to

    As for the Holiday Pledge Drive and kittens and such ... well, that's what their comments section is for. :)

    By the way, what does it mean that the speaker pulled his ‘Plan B’ bill for lack of votes?

  5. [5] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    LizM -

    Thanks for the kind words!

    RE: Plan B and Boehner, nobody's quite sure what it's going to mean. It's a sign of weakness for him, that he can't corral the votes in his own party, but what that means for the whole negotiations is a mystery at this point.

    I think it means the chances of a grand bargain just got smaller, and the chances of punting the can down the road just got greater. But I could be wrong, we'll see how it plays out in the next few days.


  6. [6] 
    Michale wrote:

    It's a sign of weakness for him, that he can't corral the votes in his own party,

    Just like it was when Pelosi couldn't corral the votes.....


    I am going to try and sit still long enough to listen to the interview.. I still have about 2.5 hours before the world ends.. :D


  7. [7] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    Michale -

    I cannot imagine higher praise than listening to an interview of me during "TEOTWAWKI" (The End Of The World As We Know It)...



  8. [8] 
    Michale wrote:

    Chris "why-gant"???

    Isn't it "wee-gant"???


  9. [9] 
    Michale wrote:

    Well, I have to say, I am quite impressed..

    You ding both Republicans AND Democrats for their fantasy accountings and their political machinations...

    Well done...

    I have one simple question.

    If the tax code is so unfair to the middle class and favors the rich, WHY didn't Democrats change things when they had a LOCK on the executive and legislative branches of government??

    Answer: Because they really DON'T want to change it because they ARE the rich..


  10. [10] 
    Michale wrote:

    I cannot imagine higher praise than listening to an interview of me during "TEOTWAWKI" (The End Of The World As We Know It)...


    What can I say.. My bucket list is pretty much done..

    Still waiting for First Contact, though... :D


  11. [11] 
    Michale wrote:

    Here's another question...

    Why don't Democrats put CW's ideas into actual legislation..

    I mean, we hear about these things in "Wouldn't It Be Nice" Op-Ed pieces..

    Why not show the American people that Democrats are SERIOUS about these proposals and put them into legislation so they can be debated and passed???

    I have a feeling that the answer to this question is the same answer to the question I posed in #09..


  12. [12] 
    Michale wrote:

    I cannot imagine higher praise than listening to an interview of me during "TEOTWAWKI" (The End Of The World As We Know It)...

    For the record, thanks for getting that song stuck in my head.... :^/


  13. [13] 
    Michale wrote:

    On another note...

    Looks like it's not going to be his Anti-Israel/Pro-Iran stance that is going to derail Hagel's SecDef nomination.


  14. [14] 
    akadjian wrote:

    Finally got a chance to listen ... this is the kind of analysis that I would love to see in the 'liberal' media. Great interview, Chris!

    If people actually understood our tax code and how it disproportionately benefits those at the top, I think they would be quite angry.

    Very impressed w/ the host of the show, Sonali Kolhatkar, as well. Gotta love SF radio. We don't get radio shows like that here in the Midwest ... :)


  15. [15] 
    Michale wrote:

    .. this is the kind of analysis that I would love to see in the 'liberal' media.

    And what do you think it is that you DON'T see it???

    Because the Democrat leadership has JUST as much invested in keeping the tax code complicated and keeping the middle class in the dark as the Republican leadership..

    Once again, the MSM is serving the needs of the Democrats.. It's only happenstance that it also serves the needs of the Republicans.

    You can bet that if the MSM figured out a way to slam the Right w/o implicating the Left, the MSM would do it in a stone cold minute...


  16. [16] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    Michale -

    Nope, it actually rhymes with "why can't"...



  17. [17] 
    Michale wrote:

    Nope, it actually rhymes with "why can't"...

    Well, I'll be dipped in sheet...

    Learned something new... :D


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