Archive of Articles in the "Interviews" Category

Interview With The Man Behind "Museum Of Political Corruption" Project

[ Posted Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 – 15:41 UTC ]

Wouldn't it be great to have a place where children and adults alike could learn about the sordid history of how American politics really works? If Bruce Roter has his way, visitors to New York's state capital will indeed have this opportunity, at the "Albany Museum of Political Corruption" -- which he hopes to locate just down the hill from the state's Capitol building. Adults entering Roter's political corruption museum will be charged a reasonable "bribe" as admission, with children under the age of 12 entering for half price (although "parents are encouraged to lie about the age of their children").

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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 [...]

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Friday Talking Points [232] -- Frankenstorm! Hank For Senate!

[ Posted Friday, October 26th, 2012 – 16:01 UTC ]

No matter what your political affiliations, I think we can all agree we're getting a little burnt out on Election 2012. "When will it end?" we wonder -- and we don't even live in a state currently under siege in the continuing television ad war. We can only imagine what Ohioans, Floridians, and Virginians must be experiencing right now.

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Congressional Democrats' Advice For Obama's Jobs Speech

[ Posted Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 – 15:10 UTC ]

The nation is waiting to hear what President Obama is going to say tomorrow night, when he gives an address to a joint session of Congress on the subject of jobs. Plenty of people have already been offering advice to the White House, but instead we thought it'd be interesting to ask some of the people who are going to be sitting in the audience tomorrow what they'd advise the president to include in his speech.

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Exclusive Interview With Populist Caucus Chairman Bruce Braley

[ Posted Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 – 15:13 UTC ]

Representative Bruce Braley, from Iowa's First District, returned to the House of Representatives this week, after surviving a very brutal re-election campaign in which millions of dollars of outside money from anonymous right-wing donors were spent against him. His campaign was an interesting one, because rather than try to distance himself from his own party or from what Democrats have accomplished in the past few years, Braley instead embraced his own record, and proudly defended it to his voters.

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California Marijuana Proposition Update

[ Posted Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 – 16:56 UTC ]

I have to admit that I still have no answer to the question last week's article asked in its title. At this point, nothing more than sheer speculation can answer how President Obama and the White House would react to Proposition 19 passing.

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San Francisco Mime Troupe's Latest: "POSIBILIDAD, or Death of the Worker"

[ Posted Monday, September 6th, 2010 – 15:08 UTC ]

The play is unabashedly Leftist, in the classic meaning of the term. It tells two parallel stories of factories facing shutdowns, and the possibilities open to them; one from modern-day San Francisco and one from a few years ago in Argentina, and it manages to link these two stories in a very personal way through the lead female character.

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Before And After Obama's Speech, With Populist Caucus Chair Bruce Braley

[ Posted Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 – 15:03 UTC ]

I would like to hear President Obama outline a clear agenda, like the Populist Caucus' Blueprint for Recovery, to create good-paying jobs that can't be outsourced for America's middle class families. A "jobless recovery" isn't a recovery for middle class families and the President and his Administration need to understand that.

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Exclusive Interview With Geoffrey Nunberg, On The Years Of Talking Dangerously

[ Posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 – 15:08 UTC ]

Some writers love words and language more than others. At one end of this continuum are writers who use language much the way a carpenter uses tools, and don't think about the tools much (would a carpenter say he "loves" his hammer or saw?). At the other end of the scale are writers such as Geoffrey Nunberg, whose love of language is a core part of not just their writing, but their whole being. For instance, his impressive "day job" is researching linguistics at Berkeley's School of Information, meaning that even when he isn't writing, he is still thinking about language.

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Friday Talking Points [75] -- Monster Raving Loony Party

[ Posted Friday, May 1st, 2009 – 17:46 UTC ]

OK, with that out of the way, we must (sadly) turn our eyes to the Republican Party. Because they appear to be losing all touch with reality, so it's best to keep an eye on them at this point. For starters, they are calling a special Republican National Committee meeting in the next month to vote on (as if they could) forcing their opposition to change their name to what is variously described as the "Socialist Democratic Party" or the "Democratic Socialist Party" (as well as variations where they intentionally leave out the "-ic" just to twist the knife).

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