Friday, September 19, 2008

  • Amidst Wall Street Woes, Labor Activist & Writer Bill Fletcher on "Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice"

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    While the press has extensively covered the Wall Street meltdown, little attention has been paid to what this means to the American worker. We speak to longtime labor activist and writer Bill Fletcher, co-author with Fernando Gapasin of the new book Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice. Fletcher is the executive editor of BlackCommentator.com and the former president of TransAfrica Forum. [includes rush transcript]

  • Book: Cheney’s Drive for Warrantless Spying Nearly Brought Down Bush Presidency

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    We speak to award-winning journalist Barton Gellman about his new book, Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency. Gellman reveals Cheney played a crucial role in maintaining warrantless spying even after Justice Department officials began to doubt its legality in 2004. Gellman writes: "The history of the Bush administration cannot be written without close attention to the moments when Cheney took the helm — sometimes at Bush’s direction, sometimes with his tacit consent, and sometimes without the president’s apparent awareness." [includes rush transcript]

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