Podcast for Saturday, June 13, 2009 Shows

  • Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. Ethan is the author of 1993′s “Cops Across Borders,” which was the first scholarly study of the internationalization of US criminal law enforcement, and co-authored the 2006 book, “Policing the Globe: Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations.” (Oxford University Press). He has been described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” on drug policy reform efforts.
  • live from Damascus, Shane Bauer is a freelance journalist and photographer, and a Middle East correspondent for New America Media. Shane is currently finishing a film about rebels in Darfur entitled “Songs to Enemies and Deserts.” Last year, he received 1st place for independent audio slideshow features in the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism contest. In 2007, he was a national finalist for photojournalism in the Harry Chapin Media Awards as well as a national finalist for feature photography for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards. That year he also received the Lyon Prize in photography. His recent writing includes, “Iraq’s New Death Squad,” “Muslims in Syria Like Obama’s Tone But Want New Policy,” and “Al-Qaeda Violence Rising as US Strategy Unravels in Iraq.”
  • Kate Bronfenbrenner is Director of Labor Education Research at the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Kate is the co-author and editor of several books on current labor issues, including “Ravenswood: The Steelworkers’ Victory and the Revival of American Labor” (Cornell University Press). She just released the report, “No Holds Barred: The Intensification of Employer Opposition to Organizing.” Last week, she wrote the Washington Post editorial, “A War Against Organizing.”
  • live from Paris, Martin Shaw is professor of international relations and politics at the University of Sussex. Martin is a historical sociologist of war and global politics, whose most recent books include 2005′s “The New Western Way of War” (Polity), and 2007′s “What is Genocide?.” (Polity). He is editor of the global site, self-described as a critical gateway to world politics, society and culture. His most recent writing include the openDemocracy post, “The trouble with guns: Sri Lanka, South Africa, Ireland.”
  • Muhammad Sahimi is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and NIOC Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Muhammad is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists and a contributor to its Partners for Earth Program. He recently wrote the New York Times op-ed, “Iran’s Power Struggle.”

Jeff Dorchen delivered a Moment of Truth live from our studios. We also introducee a new irregular correspondent, David Skalinder, a Chicagoan who is currently studying at the London School of Economics. David reported live from London.