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Marcy Wheeler: “It’s increasingly true that the government uses secrecy to hide its screw-ups, to make sure it presents the best (and often misleading) side of stories, and to discipline people that they don’t like.”

The prosecution of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is more about retaliation and ass covering than security or justice. Marcy Wheeler has been covering the political fallout of the Sterling case at her blog emptywheel.

Marcy Wheeler is the Right to Know journalist for ExposeFacts and blog about surveillance, government and everything else at emptywheel.net.



Dave Buchen: “Like I said, I haven’t read the book. But what a title! Tristes Tropiques – The Sad Tropics – you don’t even need to read the book.”

You don’t need to read Tristes Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss to feel the ocean breeze, dodge rich people and drink the world’s greatest rum. Dave Buchen has it all figured out.

Dave Buchen has been living in Puerto Rico since the previous century. There he home-schools his two kids and makes theater with Theater Oobleck, El Circo Nacional and (with aforementioned kids) El Teatro Barbaro.


Rena Pederson: “It’s not just one woman, it’s not just one country, it’s progress for 50 million people. And it’s still very much an unfinished story.”

Aung San Suu Kyi is no longer a political prisoner, but Burma’s leadership still bars the path to a democratic reality. Writer Rena Pederson covers the story of Suu Kyi and Burma’s resistence movement in the new book The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for the Soul of a Nation.

Rena Pederson is an author, award-winning journalist and a faculty member at Southern Methodist University.



Michelle Chen: “What would a justice system look like if we really did have a broad, inclusive, mass labor movement, where everyone was included?”

By ignoring minor offenses, New York police are inadvertently disproving dominant narratives about crime, safety and law enforcement, but raising questions about labor actions. Journalist Michelle Chen covers the story in her Nation blog piece Police Unions Don’t Serve the People. Can the Labor Movement Force Them To?

Michelle Chen is a contributing editor at In These Times, a blogger at The Nation, an associate editor at CultureStrike and co-host (with TiH! correspondent Sarah Jaffe) of Dissent’s Belabored podcast.



Brian Mier: “We drove in with $10,000 cash, a lot of rum and whiskey and tranquilizers for our staff members in Haiti who were really in bad shape.”

On the fifth anniversary of a disaster that killed hundreds of thousands of people, Brian Mier recalls his trip to the aftermath of post-quake, pre-aid Haiti.

Brian Mier is the social media director for the Brazilian National Urban Reform Forum, and a freelance writer and producer.



Henry Giroux: “We need to reclaim the radical imagination – by claiming a new discourse in which questions of radical democracy become central. That’s the key.”

The future demands a new political consciousness. We can’t just wait for neoliberal economics to tear apart society and then build from scratch. Cultural critic Henry Giroux published his thoughts in the Truthout analysis article Authoritarianism, Class Warfare and the Advance of Neoliberal Austerity Policies.

Author and cultural critic Henry Giroux holds the Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies.



Jeff Dorchen: “We have no idea how these transformations – of matter and energy, acceleration and velocity, distance and perception and the shape of space and time – no idea, no idea, no idea, simply no idea – how they’re going to play out in the long run.”

Jeff Dorchen ignores the rules of space and time to reheat coffee and write a poem about the end of the universe.

According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.




  • shane_menken

    And a big “hats off” to Mr Dorchen on his poetic rebuttal to entropy. Very well done. Have you thought about making videos of your commentaries and trying to become a you tube sensation? Cause I know that one would be shared quite a bit by science nerds out there. You could go all viral and shit.

  • Patricia Walsh

    Hello Chuck – I am a long time listener and visual artist (a painter). I don’t know if this would work – most talk shows interview people who write books and/or articles but I thought it would be great if you could interview a painter whose work is wonderful and a is a social/cultural commentary. No, it’s not me and, no, I don’t know him. His name is Max Ginsburg and his paintings: War Pieta and Torture Abu Garib stirred controversy. I know you are interested in the arts in general and I find it quite annoying that our culture creates such a division between the visual arts and the more word-based world of the internet. I have no idea if he would be interested in talking to you but he teaches so he’s probably comfortable speaking about his work. Another fantastic painter is Warren Chang who does many paintings of California farm workers. I find your show to be the most in-depth and thoughtful interview show out there and think that these men are just as valuable documenters of our world as someone who writes a book or authors an article. Just an idea and thanks for a great show! Patty Walsh