770: Chasm and Bridge Shows


Robert McChesney: “At a certain point, giving money stops being anything about civic duty, and rather it becomes an investment.”

Media Critic Robert McChesney gives us a tour of America’s Dollarocracy, where billionaires play election games with house money. It turns out, when money equals free speech, the rich do the talking every fourth November. Robert is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He’s currently on a speaking tour with his co-author John Nichols, sponsored by the Nation Institute. They’ll be at DePaul, Columbia and University of Chicago this Thursday, October 17th.

Radley Balko: “There are entire communities in this country who are more afraid of the police than they are the people the police are supposed to be protecting them from.”

Journalist Radley Balko introduces the police state we could become to the police force we already have in his new book Rise Of The Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces. You can read a hellishly-titled excerpt at Salon. Radley is a Senior Writer at Huffington Post.

Leslie McCall: “People who believe in the possibility of upward mobility are more likely to not care as much about inequality and not support redistributive policies – the really important thing to note though is that’s not most Americans.”

Professor Leslie McCall searches through American’s beliefs about inequality and finds we aren’t as divided on matters of wealth and redistribution as we’re lead to believe. Her book The Undeserving Rich: American Beliefs about Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution unpacks how we feel about prosperity and fairness, and why our policies don’t often line up with those feelings. Leslie is Professor of Sociology and Political Science, as well as Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

Malalai Joya: “Democracy, women’s rights, human rights – these values never come by support of sworn enemies of these values, and never come by military invasion.”

Afghan politician, activist and actual hero Malalai Joya delivers a report from year 12 under American occupation. She is in town giving speeches marking the anniversary of America’s invasion of her country. Malalai has stood up to warlords, misogynists and corrupt politicians in Afghanistan, and she’s currently touring the US with the same courage and strength.

Gina Perry: “Far from it being a highly controlled experiment – it was much more coercive, and much more improvised that we’ve been led to believe.”

Live from early Sunday morning in Australia, writer and psychologist Gina Perry reveals the untold story of the Milgram experiments in her new book Behind the Shock Machine. Gina co-produced the ABC Radio National documentary Beyond the Shock Machine, which won the Silver World Medal for a history documentary in the 2009 New York Festivals radio awards.

Kevan Harris: “I wrote that piece because all the main narratives about how Iran works, given what I’ve seen in the country in the last 4-5 years, seem to be wrong.”

There’s a good chance what you know about Iran is wrong because what you’ve heard about Iran is wrong because the people saying it were wrong because what they’ve heard about Iran is wrong. In his latest piece, Iran, the Twenty-First-Century Island of Stability, The Radical Pessimist Kevan Harris gets it right. Because he actual pays attention to what is happening in Iran. The writing was published at Middle East Research and Information Project, where you can read Kevan’s past coverage of Iran’s 2013 election.

Kevan Harris is a sociologist, a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. He likes to talk about big ideas and small people, including capitalism, the Middle East, and the puny American left. Contrary to rumor, he was not bitten by a spider as a teenager.


Producers Richard Norwood and Theron Humiston share one pair of headphones. So cute!




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    This was a great show. I kept postponing my Saturday errands to sit an listen. Excellent interviewing, less *is* more. All of these segments are of high quality,and merit rebroadcast when you are doing a best of show.