Citizen Radio

Episode #208 Digby joins the show to discuss Democrats' performance, Christian extremism, Wikileaks, the Catfood Commission, domestic terrorism, and why the "government is like your family" metaphor is so very stupid.

Check out Digby's blog: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/ and follow her on Twitter (@digby56)

Allison and Jamie discuss tax cuts for the rich, the unemployment epidemic, and banish a listener.

Also, there's a new SUPER INTENSE Listener Mail song. 

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Episode #207 Our interview with Bill Ayers (Episode #203 2010/12/01) was recently featured on Glenn Beck's radio show, though not surpisingly a very short soundbite was used.  Here is the full interview with Bill so his comments can be heard in full and in context.

The full episode can be found here: http://citizenradio.libsyn.com/-2010-12-01-bill-ayers-and-former-head-of-acorn-bertha-lewis-in-the-thrown-under-the-bus-by-obama-episode

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Episode #206 Our interview with Bertha Lewis was recently featured on Glenn Beck's radio show. However, as tends to happen, Beck chose to use a very short soundbite. We're posting the full interview here so listeners can hear all of Bertha's comments in context.

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Episode #205 Journalist Johann Hari (http://johannhari.com/, @johannhari101) joins Citizen Radio to talk about why you should care about global warming even though Al Gore is fat.

Other topics include: the environmental summit in Cancun, Ethiopia's abducted brides, David Cameron, student protests, tax cheaters, the importance of protesting, the dangers of facilitating outrageous behavior in the name of religious tolerance, the hypocrisy of the Chinese government, and his struggle with weight loss.

Allison and Jamie also discuss Congress's failure to repeal tax cuts for the rich and the ongoing embarrassment called Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

There also may or may not be a brief Q&A with Alan Greenspan.

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Episode #204 Press critic and NYU professor of journalism Jay Rosen stops by to discuss Wikileaks, Jon Stewart, the TSA, Net Neutrality, Fox News, and the media's performance. 

You should all check out Jay's blog at pressthink.org and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu)

Allison and Jamie briefly discuss Wikileaks up front, particularly the growing calls for Julian Assange's assassination.

Then it's time for more of your Listener Mail. Today, it's a question about when it's time to stop smoking pot.

Citizen Radio is asking the Godless Maniacs to visit podcastawards.com and vote for CR in People's Choice and Politics/News EVERY DAY until Dec 15! 

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Episode #203 It's the 'Thrown Under The Bus By Obama' episode! Bill Ayers and former head of ACORN, Bertha Lewis, join the show. 

Ayers talks about the Weather Underground, particularly the political tumultuousness of the time that created the environment in which activists turned to violence. He also discusses President Obama, education, charter schools, and what makes him happy.

Check out Ayers' excellent book "Fugitive Days."

Lewis joins the show to chat about her days in ACORN, and her new project, the Black Institute, along with her work at New York Communities for Change, which helps people fight back on foreclosures. If you, or someone you know, is facing foreclosure in New York, or you'd like to volunteer to help someone who is, visit http://www.nycommunities.org/stayinyourhome.

She also talks about her origins as a community organizer, tells Democrats to "man-up," and says Glenn Beck is engaging in "political necrophilia." Really, it's an awesome interview. Oh, and Lewis also reveals what makes her happy.

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Episode #202 The FBI has thwarted another one of its own terrorist plots. There are several suspicious details of the bust involving a 19-year-old Somalian-American, including the "missing tape" that supposedly shows Mohamed Osman Mohamud committing to the bomb plot, and how the FBI paid Mohamud's rent when the no-fly list prevented him from securing a job. http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/11/28/fbi/index.html

Say good-bye to oxygen! Johann Hari reports that 40 percent of plant plankton, the tiny creatures that produce half the world's oxygen, and suck up planet-warming carbon dioxide, have been killed by the warming of the oceans since 1950.

Rep. Tom Hackbarth was stopped by police earlier this month in the Planned Parenthood parking lot in Highland Park after he was spotted with a gun. But don't worry. He wasn't getting ready to assassinate an abortion provider. He was just stalking a girl he'd met on the internets!

It's time for more Listener Mail! Your questions/comments this week involve unemployment benefits, giving to charity, and the importance of bloggers.

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Direct download: Citizen_Radio_11-29-10.mp3
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Episode #201 Mother Jones' Kate Sheppard visits Citizen Radio to discuss all things environmental politics. Kate explains Cap and Trade, dissects Obama's progress on environmental issues and also the global warming deniers within the GOP, Halliburton's role in BP and hydraulic fracturing, and the environmental legacy of BP's toxic dispersants.

Check out Kate on Mother Jones and also follow her on Twitter: http://motherjones.com/authors/kate-sheppardhttp://twitter.com/kate_sheppard

The Oracle AKA Daniel Burke then gives some updates on the refugee prisons in Australia, including another tragic suicide and his rough encounter with police during a protest.

You can contact Dan on Twitter and Facebook about visiting refugees: http://twitter.com/proudreaderhttp://www.facebook.com/not.god.deluded

Also, Jamie shares his experience taping for Joy Behar's show, including surviving the taunts of a demon child, witnessing the glorious Joan Collins, and -why not?- encountering the grandmother from Everybody Loves Raymond.

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Episode #200 IT'S CITIZEN RADIO'S 200TH EPISODE! Allison celebrates by opening with depressing news: the IMF is pressuring Ireland to cut unemployment benefits and the minimum wage, and USA Today reports that in the last 5 years fully body scanner firms have doubled their lobbying efforts.

Allison and Jamie share Citizen Radio: Origins, and explain how they transitioned from apathetic hipster douche bags into your loveable hosts. 

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Episode #199 The full-body scanners are still in the news with President Kenneth the Page AKA Bobby Jindal gracing Meet The Press with his presence to defend "behavioral" profiling, which is racial profiling in disguise.

Citizen Radio talks about the illusion of safety, the odd timing of the pro-TSA privatization movement now that employees desire to unionize (http://allisonkilkenny.com/2010/11/are-republicans-pro-tsa-privatization-because-of-unionization/,) how other governments and security officials don't think the full-body scanners guarantee more safety, and how the fully-body scanner craze started when Michael Chertoff, former Bush national security official, pimped the system in the days after the blundered attack without disclosing his consulting firm represents the companies designing the scanners (http://allisonkilkenny.com/2010/11/less-liberty-always-equals-more-safety/). 

It's time to call sabotage, sabotage. Republicans have repeatedly undermined Democratic-led efforts -- not for the sake of easing the recession, fixing unemployment, or stemming the foreclosure crisis -- but for the expressed purpose of making Obama a one-term president.

It's time for more of your Listener Mail! Your questions/comments this week include how Christians aren't a monolith and talking to your apathetic hipster douche bags.

Also, Allison and Jamie are probably now superheroes after being exposed to toxic waste at the YMCA. It's no big deal, you guys.

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