Podcast for Saturday, November 21, 2009 Shows

  • Robert Auerbach was an economist at the House banking committee during the tenure of four Federal Reserve Chairmen including Alan Greenspan. Robert also served as an economist in the US Treasury’s Office of Domestic Monetary Affairs during the Reagan administration and as a financial economist with the Federal Reserve. He received his PhD. in economics from the University of Chicago where he studied under Milton Friedman. His latest book is, “Deception and Abuse at the Fed: Henry B. Gonzalez Battles Alan Greenspan’s Bank” (University of Texas). His writing also appears at the Huffington Post.
  • live from Toronto, award-winning syndicated columnist Eric Margolis. As a war correspondent, Eric covered conflicts in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Sinai, Afghanistan, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, El Salvador and Nicaragua. He was among the first journalists to ever interview Muammar Khadaffi and was also among the first to be allowed access to KGB headquarters in Moscow. As a veteran reporter of conflicts in the Middle East, Sky News TV called him, “the man who got it right,” in his predictions about the risks and entanglements the US would face in Iraq. Eric is the author of the 2008 book, “American Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World,” which was a finalist for the 2009 Governors Award for nonfiction.”
  • Rajiv Shah is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rajiv follows developments in Chicago’s use of video surveillance at his Smart Cameras blog. He has studied the development of these so-called “smart cameras” which use additional sensors and/or computer processing techniques.
  • live from Jordan, investigative journalist Pratap Chatterjee is the senior editor at CorpWatch. Pratap is the author of “Halliburton’s Army: How A Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War” (Nation Books). This week, Pratap posted the story, “Paying Off the Warlords: Anatomy of an Afghan Culture of Corruption,” at TomDispatch.

Our irregular correspondents were:

  • live from London, David Skalinder a doctoral student the London School of Economics. David will discuss the “Stalinist” British care system and the Republican freedom fighters who he interviewed who wish to “rid the world of the totalitarian oppression that is free, convenient, and effective health care.”
  • live from San Juan, Dave Buchen will be talking about recent general strike in Puerto Rico, the refinery explosion and the threat of “terrorism,” and, of course, the MTV Latino Music Awards.
  • live from Los Angeles, Jeff Dorchen delivers a Moment of Truth.