Kevin Phillips - Swimming with the Sharks: The U.S. Economy
Kevin Phillips was chief political analyst for the 1968 Republican presidential campaign, which culminated in the victory of Richard Nixon. Phillips also was partly responsible for the design of the Republican "Southern strategy," which transformed the once Democratic South into a Republican stronghold. In 1969 he wrote "The Emerging
Republican Majority." His politics have evolved over the ensuing decades. He is the author of many books including "American Theocracy" and "Bad Money."
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program looks at how the emerging Obama administration is walking the line between public interest and private profit in two areas: health care and education. It features several great drum solos from the jazz world (mostly curtailed in the webcast for copyright reasons), and Larry Bowlden's review of Unseen Sights, a novel about mental health and its costs.
One drum piece is heard in its entirety (following Larry's book review); it's by Glen Sheidt of Iretsu.
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Public health is a public good -- so it should be a public responsiblity. But many other public goods are poorly served by profit-making private interests. In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge shows how the debate about a national health care program can, and should, lead to something more.
Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated -- Socialism is coming back in full force in Europe, according to an article by Neil Clark in the New Statesman. Tom Becker reads, and adds a caveat by the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
This program revolves around the prospects for universal health care in the Obama years and beyond. Can we have real universal coverage in a profit-driven insurance system? Why are other nations better at this than the US? And we hear a review of Kaye Gibbons' novel Sights Unseen in which issues of mental health are raised.
Hosted by the intrepid Laurie Mercier, braving the biggest snow fall in 40 years to reach the KBOO studio, this program features Laurie's discussion with attorney Mike Snedeker of developments in the law this past year. We also hear how vampires are becoming more romantic and less dangerous than in years past as Frann Michel looks into the meaning of Twilight, the series of novels and the movie. Finally, Bill Resnick talks with Sarah Anderson about what the Obama administration may, and may not, bring in how the US acts around the world. Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual pieces by following the links below.
Where will US foreign policy go under Obama? How might it impact the poorer nations of the world. Sarah Anderson, Director of the Global Economic Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, provides her insights in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.