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FCC PLANS FOR MORE MEDIA CONSOLIDATION

05/14/03

Our guest, John Nichols, is co-author of the new book OUR MEDIA, NOT THEIRS (Seven Stories Press). He criticized a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to further deregulate media ownership rules. The FCC is slated to decide the issue on June 2. But Nichols warns that the media is already too consolidated and the breadth of discussion on radio and television is already quite limited. He discussed why having diverse media ownership is essential to a marketplace of ideas and a function...

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ELLEN FRANK

05/13/03

Ellen Frank, professor of economics at Emmanuel College in Boston and author of the forthcoming book, "Money Illusions," said today: "Bush's economic plan is unlikely to create jobs or growth as he claims. His plan centers on giving more money to wealthy investors with the supposition that they will invest this excess windfall in projects which will create jobs and growth. The reality is that wealthy investors are already swimming in money and unable to find sustainable growth avenues for the...

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WHO STANDS TO PROFIT FROM THE REBUILDING OF IRAQ?

05/08/03

Investigative reporter Pretep Chatterjee has traveled widely in the Middle East. He’s looked at the links between companies with close ties to the Bush administration and recently-awarded contracts to rebuild. Among the companies he investigated: Halliburton and Bechtel. He says these companies stand to make hundreds of millions of dollars for participating in the reconstruction of Iraq.

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RAY ARSENAULT

05/08/03

Ray Arsenault, winner of this year’s NELSON POYNTER AWARD FROM THE ACLU, discussed his involvement as a local and state chair of the ACLU. Arsenault is a professor of history at USF in St. Petersburg and is currently writing a book on the Freedom Riders, the wave of civil rights workers who attempted to integrate public facilities in the South in the early 1960s.

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STETSON KENNEDY

05/07/03

Kennedy headed the Florida Folklife program at the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. There he headed the collection of oral histories of freed slaves; he also worked with writer Zora Neale Hurston. In the 1940s he went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia. The information he gathered was sent to Drew Pearson’s national radio program and resulted in Kennedy's book, THE KLAN UNMASKED. He was also a protégé of Alan Lomax and Woody Guthrie. Kennedy was in to...

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THE ISRAELI PERSPECTIVE ON THE INTIFADA

05/06/03

Jack Ross is an attorney, a former member of the Israeli Army and a former aide to Israel's Supreme Court. He presented the case for continued U.S. support for Israel's government. He said Israel is a democracy at war; that it does not mistreat Palestinians, that in 1999 it offered a generous peace settlement to the Palestinians, and that Palestinians should have accepted the offer.

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ACORN - Kristen Friend-Weaver

05/05/03

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The Association of Concerned Citizens for Reform Now, a national community organization of low and moderate-income families, began the public phase of their campaign against Wells Fargo today. ACORN is accusing Wells Fargo of participating in predatory lending practices, and is demanding that the corporation begin negotiations to change the way they do business with at-risk borrowers. In at least 10 communities across the country including Tampa, ACORN members and supporters took ...

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SHOULD THE 2000 FLORIDA PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT CARDS BE SAVED?

05/01/03

Retired M.D. Ed Stein had an idea in the days following the controversial 2000 Presidential Election. He took out his microscope and looked at a punch card. He discovered that the styli used to punch votes made a mark on every card, even if the card was a supposed "under vote." The mark, Stein says, shows up even when the vote is not perceptible to the naked eye. He said he suggested to Democrats and election officials that microscopes be used to determine the intent of the voter. No one took...

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THE FUTURE OF THE U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN IRAQ

05/01/03

Joseph Gerson, editor of "The Sun Never Sets," a book about U.S. military bases worldwide, says tonight's speech by President Bush declaring an end to combat in Iraq will not declare a pull-out of U.S. troops. Gerson is director of the Peace and Economic Security Program at the American Friends Service Committee. He said today: "Behind the rhetoric of 'liberation' and not staying 'a day' longer than needed, the Bush administration is clearly working to create a client government which will al...

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THE ISRAELI PEACE MOVEMENT

04/29/03

Our guests, Pnina Firestone of the Coalition of Women's Organizations for a Just Peace, who lives in Jerusalem; Ora Wise, the daughter of a rabbi, born in Jerusalem; and Gabriella Callender, a spoken word activist from Brooklyn with the Mahina Movement. They discussed their views on the treatment of Palestinians, safety for Israel, the direction of the Likud government and U.S. policy toward the Middle East.

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