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Thursday, February 22, 1996

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  • The financial dealings of Lamar and Honey Alexander

    Doug Ireland, Joe Conason, and William Hartung talk with Amy Goodman about the corrupt financial dealings of Lamar Alexander, former Tennessee governor, former Secretary of Education, and candidate for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination. The report includes a discussion of Alexander’s privatization schemes in Tennessee that, when coupled with his investments in Corrections Corporation of America, yielded tremendous financial windfalls. Alexander’s purchase and subsequent profit of an option to buy the Knoxville Journal is detailed, as his $236,000 taxpayer-funded 'golden parachute' from Martin-Marietta/Lockheed. His advocacy of school privatization as Secretary of Education is discussed in tandem with his financial entanglements with Chris Whittle’s education company. The extent of Honey Alexander’s involvement is debated.
    Keywords:1996 presidential election, Lamar Alexander, money in politics
    Guest Names: Doug Ireland, the Nation; Joe Conason, New York Observer; William Hartung, World Policy Institute

  • Living Democracy

    Lappe and Dubois discuss the founding of the Center for Living Democracy in Brattleboro, Vermont. They discuss the Center’s American News Service, a service designed to send stories of successful citizen-initiated projects for social change to news outlets nationwide. The News Service sends stories to more than 500 newspapers. Lappe and Dubois discuss the Center’s dedication to bringing more people into long term, active engagement in their communities.
    Keywords: democracy, grassroots action
    Guest Names: Francis Moore Lappe and Paul Dubois, Center for Living Democracy

  • Kate Clinton for President

    Kate Clinton reports on her campaign for the presidency from a telephone booth in North Carolina. She discusses her Feed the World platform, and an idea to drug test all presidential  
    candidates.
    Keywords: Kate Clinton, presidential election
    Guest Names:Kate Clinton, comedian