Archive for June, 2010

William Warren, Danny Schecter

June 30 . 2010

A billboard in Charlotte, N.C. on Billy Graham Parkway promoting atheism was vandalized by someone who  spray painted the words “Under God” onto the sign. William Warren a spokesman for Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics will explain why his group picked that location. Later in the hour, Danny Schecter,  journalist, author and filmmaker talks about why Wall St. is being held responsible for our financial crisis, the housing crisis and mortgage fraud. His new film is Plunder The Crime of Our Time.

Adam Bellow

June 29 . 2010

In the twentieth century, free people faced a number of mortal threats, ranging from despotism, fascism, and communism to the looming menace of global terrorism. These new threats are quietly eroding our hard-won freedoms, often unchallenged and, in some cases, widely accepted as beneficial. In New Threats to Freedom, editor and author Adam Bellow has assembled an all-star line up of innovative thinkers to challenge these threats.

Rob Boston, Dave Workman

June 28 . 2010

In the case of the Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a law school in California is allowed to deny recognition to a Christian student group that bars admission to homosexuals. Rob Boston, senior policy analyst at Americans United joins us to discuss the ruling. Later, in McDonald v. Chicago, the High Court extended its landmark 2008 ruling that individual Americans have a constitutional right to own guns to all the cities and states for the first time. Dave Workman, senior editor at Gun Week, a magazine publication for the Second Amendment Foundation joins us.

David Rocah, Jonathan Green

June 25 . 2010

If you live in Maryland and are arrested and want to record that arrest, then think again because a wiretapping law makes it illegal to record a conversation without the consent of all parties involved. David Rocah, a staff attorney with the ACLU is representing a man who did just that and posted it on YouTube. Then later, Jonathan Green’s Murder in the High Himalaya is the unforgettable account of the brutal killing of  a seventeen-year-old Tibetan nun fleeing to India by Chinese border guards. Her death sparked an international debate over China’s savage oppression of Tibet.

Wilbert Rideau

June 24 . 2010

Wilbert Rideau is an award winning  journalist who spent 40 years in Louisiana prisons working against unimaginable odds to redeem himself, spending more than a decade on death row. In the Place of Justice is his story about perseverance, unexpected friendships and love as well as an expose of the failures of our legal system.

Jed Babbin, Jere Van Dyk

June 24 . 2010

General Stanley McChrystal was fired for comments to Rolling Stone magazine criticizing the administration, but was that the right strategy?  Jed Babbin who served as a deputy undersecretary of defense in the George H.W. Bush administration joins us to discuss the outcome. Later in the hour we talk to Afghanistan expert and CBS News correspondent,  Jere van Dyk about his book Captive and the 44 days he spent as a prisoner of the Taliban.

Bruce Murray

June 23 . 2010

Talk to Barry about today’s hot topics then later, tracking the culture wars. The Texas State Board of Education recently approved new social studies standards that call into question the separation of church and state. Voters in the city of Lancaster, Calif., approved a measure to open City Council meetings with prayer. Congress passed a resolution ordering the inscription of the words, “In God We Trust” and “One nation under God” on the new Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. Bruce Murray, author of Religious Liberty in America and president of Web Sage joins us.

Phil Lelyveld, Pramila Jayapal

June 22 . 2010

Why is there a resurgence of 3-D movies and would you buy a television that had that technology, glasses included? Phil Lelyveld, program manager of the Consumer 3D Experience Lab at USC joins us. Then, “anchor babies” is the term that is being used in Arizona to tag children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants by denying  them birth certificates. How will going after children solve the problem? Pramila Jayapal, executive director of OneAmerica tells us why this is a bad idea.

Thomas Fahy, Maitland McDonagh

June 18 . 2010

Why do we crave scary movies which are now more graphic than ever? Is the fear real? Thomas Fahy, professor and editor of  The Philosophy of Horror will explain, then later film critic and television commentator, Maitland McDonagh takes us into the dark dreams of Italian filmmaker Dario Argento whose horror films have been described as a blend of Hitchcock and George Romero. Her new book is Broken Mirrors Broken Minds.

James Sullivan

June 17 . 2010

In 7 Dirty Words,  journalist and cultural critic James Sullivan chronicles George Carlin’s life and career, from his early days as a struggling comedian to his later years as the country’s chief counterculture cynic.