Classic Podcasts

To hear any of the following interviews, simply click on the guest’s bold name and it should direct you to the archived discussion. If it doesn’t, email us by clicking here and we will fix it immediately.

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1998

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Gary Webb, author of “Dark Alliance”, Gary broke the story on the CIA-Crack-Contra connection.

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April Oliver broke the Tailwind story of how the U.S. military illegally used sarin nerve gas in Laos during the Vietnam era.

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Monty Python’s Terry Jones was in town for the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival that was showing his remarkable version of “Wind in the Willows”

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1999

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Michael Moore was in Chicago filming his series “The Awful Truth” which would debut a few months later.

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Count Zero, one of the hacktivists from the Cult of the Dead Cow, told us all about the action of the CDC including the premiere of thei Back Orifice software that gave a remote user control over someone else’s computer.

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Reputedly the first man ever banned from the Internet by the US government, Kevin Poulsen told us about his hacking life.

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Barry Romo of Chicago’s Vietnam Veterans Against the War gave us his perspective on war as VVAW waas getting ready to celebrate Memorial Day 1999.

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Pacifica Radio’s Dennis Bernstien and Leslie Kean, co author’s of “Henry Hyde’s Moral Universe: Where More than Time and Space are Warped”, gave us th skinny on this powrful and scary Congressman.

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Alexandra Zorn, a New York City filmmaker, was working with a sex worker rights group at the time of this interview. The group, the Whore Action Network, seems to have disappeared.

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2000

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Christian Parenti, author of “Lockdown America,” told us about the horrible conditions of the U.S. prison system.

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Filmmaker Mark Borchardt, star of the documentary “American Movie,” told us about his passion for film.

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At the time of this interview, the U’wa were threatening mass suicide in defiance of Occidental Petroleum who wanted to drill for oil on their sacred land. Cecilia Laun of the Colombia Support Network translated for us as we interviewed U’wa member Gilberto Cobario.

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Dan Ellsberg is the man who released the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times effectively shortening the war. The guys who broke into Watergate, first broke into Dan Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office before they bungled the break-in that took down President Nixon. When you think about it, if there was no Dan Ellsberg, the war would have continued with thousands upon thousands more deaths, and Nixon would have served his full term

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Bob McChesney is the author of the classic “Rich Media, Poor Democracy” and one of the leading, if not the leading, media industry critic in the United States.

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Dan Forbes, of Salon.com, had just broken the story of how the U.S. federal government, under then President Bill Clinton, over-stepped its authority by trying to undermine a state initiative. Dan would later testify before a U.S. Congressional committee on the matter. The initiative was for medical marijuana.

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Vernon Bellecourt, a national representative of the American Indian Movement, and a veteran of the battle at Wounded Knee, told us how the persecution of Native Americans continues unchecked, even in liberal Canada.

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2001

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Penny Rimbaud was a member of presumably the first-ever punk band, Crass. Penny came on the show to tell us about the plight of their anarchist community in England, and to give us a history of the early days of punk.

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Rebecca Solnit, author of “Hollow City: Gentrification and the Eviction of Urban Culture.” Rebecca’s book includes wonderful photographs of the changing face of San Francisco by Susan Schwartzberg. This book will challenged listeners ideas about gentrification, whether you view your neighborhood as a community or as a real estate investment.

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Naomi Klein, author of “No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies” (Picador USA). It’s the book on “money, marketing and the growing anti-corporate movement.”

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Christopher Hitchens, author of “Kissinger on Trial.” Hitchens was on to discuss his war crimes case against Hammerin’ Hank.

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Thomas Frank, chief muckity-muck at the Baffler and author of “One Market Under God” (Doubleday).

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Eric Boehlert, former writer for Rolling Stone. At the time of this interview, Eric was working for Salon.com. Eric was on to tell us about Clear Channel, the owner of more than sixteen hundred radio stations in the United States, and just how evil they really are.

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ChuckO works with infoshop.org. The name sounds like they’re some kind of retail site, but in fact, it’s one of the single best websites on what anarchy is really all about.

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The Chicago Tribune’s outstanding journalist R.C. Longworth did us the honor of coming on our show. R.C. talked about his very prescient 1998 book “Global Squeeze: The Coming Crisis for First World Nations”

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Carrie Dann, a Native American activist who was working to halt the harassment, threats and intimidation by the US against her Western Shoshone people who are still struggling to maintain their traditional landbase.

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Live in the studio, we interviewed Dunston Bruce, a member of Chumbawumba, A British anarchist band that, over an ongoing twenty-plus year career, has worked with Chomsky, pissed off the queen and landed a top forty hit.

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This was the second time Vince Bugliosi came on our show. The first time was back in February when his treatise on the Bush-Gore debacle – “None Dare Call It Treason” – was only an article in The Nation. By the time that this second interview rolled around, it had become a best-selling book.

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Faith Gemmill is one of the Gwich’in whose culture is endangered by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Don’t believe the lack of hype. The Gwich’in culture will no longer exist once the drilling starts. Is that worth six months of oil?

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This is our first interview with Professor Noam Chomsky. This talk place on September 1, 2001. You can hear our second interview with Noam by going back to the Morgue and listening to our September 15,2001 interview. This interview lasts fifty-plus minutes.

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All our interviews since, and including, those done on September 15,2001 are streaming in the Archives section of each year.