Steven Hill and Dr. Andy Coates on Deficit: Don’t Cut Social Security and Medicare, Expand Them!

While corporate media talks about the deficit and cutting Social Security and Medicare, we turn the argument for cuts on its head. We focus on growing poverty among seniors and popular solutions. Instead of cutting social insurances, our guests call for expanding and improving them. Steven Hill (Steven-Hill.com) wrote in The Atlantic that Social Security …

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Cheri Honkala and Robert Pollin on Martin Luther King, the Poor Peoples Campaign and Green Jobs

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President Obama’s second inauguration, we speak with Cheri Honkala of the Poor Peoples Economic and Human Rights Campaign and Robert Pollin of the Political Economy Research Institute at U Mass-Amherst about Dr. King’s Poor Peoples Campaign, the current state of the economy, the direction the economy is expected …

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Ray McGovern and Bill Blum on Obama’s Second Term, his Appointments and US Empire

Ray McGovern and Bill Blum discuss President Obama’s second term and his appointments to Secretaries of State and Defense and head of the CIA in the broader context of US foreign policy and imperialism. We speak about John Brennan’s involvement in extraordinary rendition, torture and drone attacks as well as the weekly Tuesday ‘Kill List” …

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John Curl on the History of Cooperatives and Communalism in the US

We interview John Curl, author of “For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements and Communalism in America.” John discusses the efforts to create real democracy in the US pre-dating the Revolution and obstacles to their success. His book results from a lifetime of research and experience in cooperatives. Article: Cooperatives …

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Richard Wolff on Democratizing the Economy and Robert Naiman on Julian Assange

Economist Richard Wolff speaks about his new project to build a movement for Worker Self Directed Enterprises called Democracy at Work. And Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy speaks about Julian Assange’s request for asylum from the Ecuadorian government. Article about this show: The Foundation of a New Democratic Economy is Worker Self-Directed Enterprises   Show …

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Climate Change Justice and Resistance from Doha to East Texas

Anne Petermann of the Global Justice Ecology Project discusses the recent climate conference in Doha, Qatar which is characterized more as a trade show for corporations looking to profit from climate change than a conference about solutions, and the increasing exclusion of non-corporate voices. She says solutions to the climate crisis are coming from the …

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Crises in Tuition & Predatory Student Lending

On International Human Rights Day we look at the right to education. Tyler Paige is one of 11 students occupying a building at Cooper Union demanding that the college continue to offer free education. Students, faculty and alumni are united in this effort which is part of the global movement for the right to education. …

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Israel, Gaza and Egypt

In this show we talk with Sydney Levy of Jewish Voice for Peace about the recent Israeli attack on Gaza, the UN vote to give Palestinians UN state observer status and the work of JVP for human rights for all people. JVP promotes the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions campaign to pressure Israel to give Palestinians freedom and equal rights …

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Archive of Clearing the FOG Shows

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese speaking in Ashland, OR in 2012. The Clearing the FOG website went public at the end of 2012. All shows that were produced prior to that time can be listened to at the archive here. We have had a lot of great guests covering a wide range of important issues, among …

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Show on Global Agriculture and Trade Policy

This show featured noted Indian Journalist P. Sainath and International Program Director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Karen Hansen-Kuhn. We speak about rural agriculture and poverty and the real effects of globalization and neo-liberal policies. Subsidies and trade policies have led to failing farms around the world and farmers committing suicide in …

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