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Doug Henwood's radio archives
(through December 2005)

LBO editor Doug Henwood does a radio show on WBAI, New York, covering economics and politics. It's on most Thursdays, 5-6 PM NYC time. WBAI is at 99.5 on the FM dial - and also, via RealPlayer, on the web. Here are some archived shows, as well as some individual interviews.

Note the dates of the shows are links. If you want to direct someone right to a specific show, copy that link.

A number of people have asked about the theme music. It's the Kronos Quartet performing "Wawshishijay (Our Beginning)," written by Obo Addy, from the album Pieces of Africa. I inherited it from Samori Marksman,pciture of an old radio the late and severely missed former program director of WBAI, who bequeathed me the time slot, and decided to keep the theme in his memory.

TECHNICAL NOTES The files are available in two flavors of MP3 - streaming and downloadable. (Streaming means you listen to it online in real time without transferring a file to your computer; downloadable means you transfer the file to your computer and listen offline. In either case, you'll need a program that can play MP3-format files.) Initially, only 48kbps versions were posted, but many people don't have the bandwidth to handle it. So, as of September 2002, shows were also made available is 16kbps as well, which offers lower sound quality, but should be well within the capacity of most dialups. And starting with the November 14, 2002, show, hi-fi files are encoded at 64kbps (rather than 48kbps), for superior sound quality.

Shows are about 56 minutes long; the 64kbps versions are around 26 megabytes; 48kbps versions, around 20 megabytes; and the 16kbps versions, around 7 mb.

Thanks to Jordan Hayes of thinkbank.com for hosting the archives.

For shows from January 2007 onwards, click here.


In some early cases, the original introductions to the shows were lost, and were re-recorded. Otherwise, the programs are as originally broadcast, without any editing, except to shorten the opening theme and to balance volume between segments.


December 21, 2006 Ian Williams talks about the Kofi Annan-Ban Ki-moon transition at the UN, and the political economy of rum (with some tasting advice too) * Robin Blackburn, author of Age Shock, talks about the pensions crisis and a backdoor route to the socializing the means of production
December 14, 2006 Nomi Prins (briefly) on those eye-popping Goldman Sachs numbers * Patrick Cockburn, author of The Occupation, on the disaster that is Iraq * Hamid Dabashi on Iran
December 7, 2006 Julia Sweig of the Council on Foreign Relations on how the Cuban regime will live on beyond Fidel * Ken Sherrill, co-author of an NGLTF analysis of the recent election, on how same-sex marriage initiatives don't skew the results (and how demographics run against the Christian right)
November 30, 2006 Kert Davies, research director of Greenpeace, on the suit against the EPA over global warming * Melissa Hope Ditmore, editor of The Encyclopedia of Prostitution, along with two contributors, Jo Weldon and Jeffrey Escoffier, on sex work [if this two-book set is too expensive, ask your library to get one!]
November 16, 2006 (added out of sequence) Algernon Austin, author of Getting It Wrong, on how black public intellectuals are missing the point(s) * Jim Gerstein of the Democracy Corps on the midterm elections
November 9, 2006 Lewis Lapham, author of Pretensions to Empire, on the criminal folly of the Bush administration * Caitlin Zaloom, author of Out of the Pits, on the anthropology of the futures markets
November 2, 2006 Tariq Ali, author most recently of Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope, on Iraq, Israel's defeat in Lebanon, and Hugo Chavez and his challenge to neoliberal economics and U.S. domination
October 5, 2006 George McGovern and William Polk, authors of Out of Iraq, on how to accomplish that quickly. Most of this show, part of WBAI's fall marathon, was taken up with pleas for contributions; this interview was the substantive content. If you like these shows, and want to keep them coming, please pledge to WBAI.
September 28, 2006 Todd Tucker, research director of Public Citizen, on the misuses of Chile as a neoliberal model (his paper is here) * Sylvia Allegretto of the Economic Policy Institute, co-author of the State of Working America, in a return appearance to talk about U.S. inequality and poverty in comparison to other countries
September 21, 2006 Lisa Jervis & Andi Zeisler, founding editors of Bitch, on Bitchfest, the anthology of articles gathered from that magazine * Nomi Prins, author of Jacked, on how the right-wing has ripped us off
September 14, 2006 Tony Judt, professor of history at NYU, on wimpy liberals * Moazzam Begg, author of Enemy Combatant, on his three years as an unwilling guest of the U.S. government in Gitmo and elsewhere
September 7, 2006 David Dunbar, co-editor of Debunking 9/11 Myths, on how the conspiracists are wrong * George Galloway comments briefly on the same topic * Sylvia Allegretto of the Economic Policy Institute on the State of Working America (apologies for the technical glitch that resulted in 7 minutes of live on-air confusion which were mercifully excised from this archived version)
August 31, 2006 Betsy Reed, editor of Unnatural Disaster: The Nation on Hurricane Katrina, and Gary Younge, a contributor to that volume, on the politics of the storm one year later * John Mueller on how the terrorism threat is vastly overblown (the title of his forthcoming book)
August 17, 2006 Afshin Rattansi on Middle Eastern crises and Britain's Muslims * Val Moghadam on politics and gender relations in Iran
August 10, 2006 Rasha Salti from Beirut on war, politics, and daily life * Anne-christine d'Adesky, author of Moving Mountains and co-creator of the film Pills Profits Protest, on AIDS and the movement around AIDS
August 3, 2006 Harold Meyerson on the disappointments of Change to Win * Judith Kipper of the CFR on the Middle East wars, and a cramped vision of a Palestinian state * Jonathan Nitzan on the political economy of Israel, oil, and war
July 27, 2006 Joel Schalit on Israel's motives for going to war * Adolph Reed on Katrina, race, class
July 6, 2006 James Howard Kunstler on oil, waste, ugliness, death * Katha Pollitt, author of Virginity or Death, on feminism and politics
June 29, 2006 Laura Rozen of Warandpiece and author of this on mysterious doings in Rome over Iran * David Feige, author of Indefensible, on his career as a public defender and the horrors of the criminal justice system
June 22, 2006 Economist Julio Huato on immigration as well as the Mexican presidential election * to observe Pride Week, Hunter poli sci prof Ken Sherrill on same-sex marriage and other aspects of gay politics (plus some lesbian bands, too!)
June 15, 2006 Gary Younge, Guardian correspondent and author of Stranger in a Strange Land, on being a black Brit writing about the USA * Michele Wucker, author of Lockout, on immigration
June 8, 2006 Ned Sublette, musician and music historian, on New York, Cuba, New Orleans, and politics in music (plus a lot of music too)
June 1, 2006 Ervand Abrahamian on Iran * Michelle Goldberg, author of Kingdom Coming, on the Christian right's lust for theocracy
May 11, 2006
This was a two-hour fundraising edition of Behind the News. Much of the program was devoted to fundraising; the substantive content was excerpts from the soundtrack of the excellent film Occupation: Dreamland and an interview with its co-director, Ian Olds. The film is the product of embedding with the 82nd Airborne in Fallujah in the winter of 2004; it's a brilliant and complex view of why people join the army, how they think and feel, and the forces compelling their loyalty. This is only the interview with Olds. Additionally, everyone should pledge to WBAI and also buy a copy of the DVD of O:D.
May 4, 2006 Tom Hertz, author of this paper, on economic mobility in the U.S. * Matthew Lasar, author of Uneasy Listening, on the recent history of Pacifica radio ("corporatization," "coup," restoration, and current governance)
April 27, 2006 Pratap Chatterjee, director of CorpWatch and author of Iraq Inc., on who's making money on the war, and why reconstruction is such a disaster * Andrew Ross, professor of American Studies at NYU and author of Fast Boat to China, on his year studying the IT industry in Shanghai
April 20, 2006 Nadxieli Mannello & Ellen Moynihan on the NYC counter-recruitment guide * Jose Vasquez of Iraq Veterans Against the War * Kevin Phillips on his new book, American Theocracy: The Peril & Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
April 13, 2006 Elizabeth Economy of the Council on Foreign Relations on the downside of China's boom (like massive inequality and pollution) * Sociologist Douglas Massey on Mexican immigration to the US
April 6, 2006 Steffie Woolhandler of Physicians for a National Health Program, on the hoax of universal coverage in Massachusetts * Jeff Faux, founder and ex-president of the Economic Policy Institute, on The Global Class War
March 30, 2006 Robin Hahnel, author Economic Justice and Democracy, on imagining life after capitalism * Peter Kwong, co-author of Chinese America, on our oldest "new" minority
March 23, 2006 Judith Levine, author of Not Buying It, on giving up overconsumption for a year * Marie Trigona, author of this article, on worker-run businesses in Argentina (and check out her collective's new video site)
March 16, 2006 Ruy Teixera on Bush's dismal poll numbers * Christian Parenti on Afghanistan (with some additional material on Iraq and the contradictions of empire)
February 9, 2006 Truncated fundraiser edition. About a third of the broadcast show was taken up with begging for money to support WBAI (and please consider making a pledge here!). Here's the substance minus the pleas: an interview with Robert Fitch about his book Solidarity for Sale, about the role of corruption in the sad decline of American unions.
February 2, 2006 Isaac Shapiro of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on the U.S. wealth distribution and Bush fiscal policy * Steve Kretzman of Oil Change International on Bush's surreal comments on getting over our oil addiction
January 26, 2006 Stephenie Hendricks, author of Divine Destruction, on the anti-environmentalist Wise Use movement and the Christian right * Ron Arnold, Wise Use guru and a prime target of Hendricks' book, responds * Alex Gourevitch and Aziz Rana of the Against the War on Terror blog, on problems with both the WoT and its critics
January 19, 2006 Dan Lazare, author most recently of The Velvet Coup, on the Supreme Court and our dysfunctional "democracy" (partial rebroadcast of September 8 interview) * Dean Baker of the Center for Economic & Policy Research on the housing bubble.
December 15, 2005 truncated 27-minute mini-marathon semi-special Much of this hour was taken up with begging and a rebroadcast of excerpts from an August interview with David Roediger. Fresh content was mainly an interview with Leslie Harris, co-editor of Slavery in New York. Bonus audio: classic WBAI clips from Julius Lester and Samori Marksman. For the full Roediger interview, click here. Contribute to WBAI here.
December 8, 2005 Heather Boushey of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, on how women are not opting out of employment * Jonathan Tasini on his primary challenge to Sen. Hillary Clinton
December 1, 2005 Anatol Lieven on why decadent America must renounce its empire * Heather Rogers, author of Gone Tomorrow, on garbage and capitalism
November 17, 2005 Historian Bethany Moreton, contributor to Wal-Mart: The Face of 21st Century Capitalism, on the role of Ozark culture in the emergence of Wal-Mart (and The Nation's amazing switch on chain stores over the last 70 years) * Bruce Lawrence, editor of Messages to the World, a collection of Osama bin Laden's writings, on the ogre's thinking and prose style
November 10, 2005 Sarah Stillman of Manifesta, a feminist magazine published at Yale, on feminism among the young * Sam Gindin, long-time Canadian Auto Workers economic advisor, on the crises at GM and Delphi
November 3, 2005 Ashaki Binta & Raymond Sanders of United Electrical Workers local 150 on the ban on collective bargaining for North Carolina public sector workers * Leo Panitch on the state of the American empire
October 13, 2005


Broadcast as a three-hour special, part of WBAI's fundraising marathon, half the show was taken up by begging for money, something web listeners wouldn't want to endure. Here are the three interviews that accounted for the show's content (listed in order of broadcast).

Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities on post-hurricane finances (cut spending for the poor, cut taxes for the rich) * Beverly Wright, director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, on the social structure of New Orleans & race and the distribution of floodwater and toxins * George Galloway, MP, author of Mr Galloway Goes to Washington and scourge of Norm Coleman in a "very serious conversation" about Iraq, imperialism, Saddam's Anglophilia, and the "preposterous rubbish" of 9/11 conspiracism

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September 29, 2005 Kurt Davies, research director at Greenpeace, on climate change and the insurance industry's "response" * Larry Bartels, professor of political science at Princeton, on how the white working class isn't moving right, how social issues aren't getting it to vote against its economic interests, and how there may be nothing the matter with Kansas after all (full paper here)
September 22, 2005 George Galloway on postcolonial self-hatred and conspiracism (teaser from an interview to be broadcast in full on October 13) * Ariel Levy, author of Female Chauvinist Pigs, on the raunch culture * Richard Gott, author of Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution, on where Chavez came from and what he's up to
September 8, 2005 Dan Lazare, author most recently of The Velvet Coup, on the Supreme Court and our dysfunctional "democracy" * Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Bait and Switch, on the insecurities and indignities of the white-collar world
September 1, 2005 Heather Boushey on the latest Census numbers on income and poverty in 2004 (not so good), and the fate of women in the current economy (not so good either) * Tom Athanasiou, co-author of Dead Heat and a principal of EcoEquity, on Hurricane Katrina, climate change, and class
August 25, 2005 Seth Kleinman on the oil market * Jennifer Gordon, author of Suburban Sweatshops, on organizing immigrant workers on Long Island (rebroadcast of March 17, 2005, interview)
August 18, 2005 Barbara Ehrenreich on the state of organized labor * Iain Boal, one of the posse known as Retort that wrote Afflicted Powers: Capital & Spectacle in a New Age of War, on Iraq, 9/11, and the imperial conjuncture
August 11, 2005 David Roediger, author of the classic Wages of Whiteness discusses his latest, Working Towards Whiteness, the story of the whitening of "new immigrants" of the late 19th and early 20th centuries
August 4, 2005 Periel Aschenbrand, proprietor of BodyAsBillboard and author of The Only Bush I Trust Is My Own, on fashion, advertising, sex * Michael Yates, author of Why Unions Matter and associate editor of Monthly Review, on MR, MR's new webzine, and his post-retirement travels across the USA
July 28 2005
highly truncated emergency fundraiser edition
Most of this show was taken up with begging, since WBAI is in dire financial straits.
This week's content was devoted to an interview with Chip Berlet of Politlcal Research Associates on 9/11 conspiracy theories, and conspiracism in general.
July 14, 2005 Gary Indiana, author of Schwarzenegger Syndrome, on the strangeness that is Arnie * Susan Willis, author of Portents of the Real, on the cultural politics of post-9/11 America
July 7, 2005 Laura Carlsen of IRC (and frequent Counterpunch contributor) on the Zapatista's new tack * Bill Fletcher of TransAfrica on Bush and aid and Africa in the world (and a bit about the AFL-CIO)
June 30, 2005 Devah Pager, a sociologist at Princeton, reports on experiments showing a white ex-con has an easier time in the job market than a black who's never done time * Jonathan Tasini, keeper of the Working Life blog, on the possible split in the AFL-CIO
June 23, 2005 Michael Eric Dyson, author of Is Bill Cosby Right?, on class tensions among black Americans * Christian Parenti on Bolivia and the state of the empire
June 9, 2005 Moustafa Bayoumi on the misunderstood, misnamed "cedar revolution" in Lebanon (which he wrote about in the LRB) * Joel Kovel, editor of Capitalism Nature Socialism, on the psychology and politics of Israel and Zionism
May 19, 2005


Broadcast as a two-hour special, part of WBAI's fundraising marathon, a third of the show was taken up by begging for money, something web listeners wouldn't want to endure. Here are the two interviews that accounted for the show's content (listed in order of broadcast).

Rock & roll sociologist Donna Gaines and "Athena" on the campaign to save CBGBs * Biju Mathew, author of Taxi!, and Rizwan Raja, on organizing cabbies in NYC.

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May 5, 2005 Eesha Pandit of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program, Hampshire College, on broadening the reproductive rights debate beyond "choice" * journalist Ian Williams on the UN (and the British election)
April 28, 2005 Rahul Mahajan, author and blogger, on the U.S. empire * Stephanie Thayer and Ward Dennis on Brooklyn redevelopment (with an introductory piece produced by LBO reporter/researcher Laura Starecheski)
April 14, 2005 Tariq Ali (latest book: a set of interviews done by David Barsamian) on empire, U.S. power, Israel, and the bellicose, pious, and ill-read Tony Blair * Matt Taibbi, author of Spanking the Donkey, on covering the 2004 campaign, and the dismal state of American politics and media
April 7, 2005 Laura Flanders, author of Bushwomen (just out in paperback) on masculinity, femininity, identity politics, and the Bush administration * Christian Parenti, author of The Freedom: Shadows & Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq, on Chavez and his revolution in Venezuela (see his Nation article on the topic here)
March 31, 2005 Carlos Mejia, who deserted from his unit in Iraq, on war, resistance, and his year in jail * Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin, authors of Citizen Girl and The Nanny Diaries, on gender, work, and the satiric novel
March 17, 2005 Anatol Lieven, author of America Right or Wrong, on Wolfowitz, "democracy," and Bush II * Jennifer Gordon, author of Suburban Sweatshops, on organizing immigrant workers on Long Island
March 10, 2005 Artist and writer Sunny Taylor on art, disability, and being censored by NPR * Naila Kabeer, author of The Power to Choose, on women, development, and the unwisdom of labor standards in trade agreements [Musical note: about halfway into the show is an excerpt from "Democracy Suspends Relevance," by "Jed Whitaker," a piece that includes samples from the interview with Slavoj Zizek broadcast in April 2003. Music here; original interview here; print version of interview here.]
March 3, 2005 Tamara Draut of Demos on debt * Steve Fraser, author of Every Man a Speculator, on the cultural and political history of Wall Street in American life
February 24, 2005 Michael Perelman, author of The Perverse Economy, on how markets misvalue everything * Elizabeth Warren of Harvard Law School on bankruptcy (especially the medical contribution - paper here)
February 17, 2005 Jennifer Washburn, author of University Inc., on the corporatization of higher ed * Jon Wiener, author of Historians in Trouble, on academic scandals (and Ward Churchill)

 February 10, 2005

Broadcast as a two-hour special, part of WBAI's fundraising marathon, a third of the show was taken up by begging for money, something web listeners wouldn't want to endure. Here are the three interviews that accounted for the show's content (listed in order of broadcast). Each is about 30 minutes long.

Esther Kaplan, author of With God on Their Side, on the Christian right * Tariq Ali, author of Bush in Babylon, on the Iraq election and Bush's re-election * Noam Chomsky on the state of things

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January 13, 2005 Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert of Karmabanque on their new hedge fund, which will target especially nasty companies with overvalued stocks * Lew Rockwell of the Mises Institute: a libertarian view of red-state fascism


December 30, 2004 Leslie McCall, professor of sociology & women's studies at Rutgers, on inequality in the U.S. (Her papers for Demos are here and here; her book is Complex Inequality.)
December 23, 2004 Maya Rockeymoore of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, on Social Security privatization's risk to black Americans (her piece for The Black Commentator is here) * Merrill Goozner, author of The $800 Million Pill, on the Vioxx recall and related matters
December 9, 2004 Bertha Lewis, co-chair of the Working Families Party, on their major role in raising the New York State minimum wage and lowering maximum drug sentences * Jamie Galbraith on the U.S. dollar and such (his TomPaine.com piece is here)
November 18, 2004 Nomi Prins, author of Other People's Money, on Wall Street & corporate American in the 1990s * Anatol LIeven, author of America Right or Wrong, on American nationalism
November 11, 2004 Christian Parenti, author of The Freedom: Shadows & Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq, on his reporting in Afghanistan and Iraq

 October 28, 2004
War at home, war abroad

Broadcast as a two-hour special, part of WBAI's fundraising marathon, a third of the show was taken up by begging for money, something web listeners wouldn't want to endure. Here are the two interviews that accounted for the show's content (listed in order of broadcast). Each is about 30 minutes long.

Frances Fox Piven, author of The War at Home, on Bush's domestic agenda: repression, fundamentalism, and freeing capital from taxation * Tariq Ali, author of Bush in Babylon on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and the U.S. election

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October 14, 2004 Sebastian Mallaby, author of The World's Banker, on James Wolfensohn and the institution he heads, The World Bank * Patrick McCully of the International Rivers Network responds to Mallaby's claims about IRN and NGOs in general
October 7, 2004 Njoki Njehu of the 50 Years is Enough campaign on the World Bank/IMF meeting and the state of the global justice movement * Corey Robin, author of Fear, on the political uses of anxiety
September 30, 2004 Seth Kleinman of PFC Energy on $50 oil and the production peak a decade or two in the future * DH on presidential economics and an early version of this piece on Gallup's Republican bias * Glen Ford of The Black Commentator on the importance of beating Bush even though the Dems are awful
September 23, 2004 Michael Hardt, co-author with Antonio Negri of Multitude, on their follow-up to the international smash hit Empire
September 16, 2004 Mark Levitan of the Community Service Society on poverty in New York City * Carol Brightman, author of Total Insecurity, on war, empire, and the myth of American omnipotence
September 9, 2004 Anatol Lieven on the Beslan massacre and the Chechen crisis * DH on green GDP accounting in China & Bloomberg's smoking ban * Sylvia Allegretto of EPI on The State of Working America
August 19, 2004 CEPR's Heather Boushey on next week's income & poverty numbers, and her own research on jobs & earnings * DH on green GDP accounting in China & Bloomberg's smoking ban * Dennis Loy Johnson, co-publisher at Melville House Publishing, on his own The Big Chill: The Great Unreported Story of the Bush Inaugration Protest, and also on two other MHP books, Mark Danner's on the Florida vote, and Renata Adler's on the Supreme Court decision that gave us Pres W
August 12, 2004 Deborah James, director of the Venezuela Information Office, on Chavez and the August 15 referendum * Robert McChesney, author of The Problem of the Media and one of the founders of freepress.net, on the corporate media and alternatives to it
August 5, 2004 Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of Gallup and author of Polling Matters, on the public opinion trade and the 2004 election polls * Tariq Ali, author most recently of Bush in Babylon, on the importance to the whole world of defeating Bush, and the maddening wrongness of the "no difference" position
July 22, 2004 Judith Levine, author of Do You Remember Me? , on her father's Alzheimer's, and the social meanings of the disease * Ian Williams, author of Deserter!, on George W's military career
July 15, 2004 Nomi Prins, investment banker turned journalist and t-shirt designer, on Martha's sentencing, Ken Lay's indictment, and sex discrimination on Wall Street * Charlie Komanoff, car-hater, on why we use so much oil, and how we could use less of it
July 8, 2004 Lakshman Achuthan of the Economic Cycles Research Institute and co-author of Beating the Business Cycle, on cycles in general, this odd one specifically, and the likely slowdown by yearend * Norman Kelley, author of The Head Negro In Charge Syndrome on the crisis in black politics
July 1, 2004 Phyllis Bennis, lead author of Paying the Price, on the human, economic, and environmental costs of the war on Iraq * Joe Garden, Mike Loew (both of The Onion), and Randy Ostrow, authors of Citizen You!, a manual of patriotic duty (some of the original audio was lost - details at the top of the show)
June 24, 2004 Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire, on the state of the empire in the light of the Iraq war * Stonewall segment: Julie Abraham, professor of LGBT studies at Sarah Lawrence, on why she's no fan of same-sex marriage
June 17, 2004 Jomo, the Malaysian economist, on the Asian economies and their recoveries from the 1997 crisis * Seth Kleinman of PFC Energy on the state of the oil market
June 10, 2004 DH on the demise of Reagan * Rick Perlstein, historian of conservatism and author of a bio of Goldwater, on the emergence of the right & the role of Ronnie * Ralph Nader, talking to the ruling class at the Council on Foreign Relations (20 minutes out of a one-hour appearance), about foreign policy, globalization, and his contribution to electing George Bush (full transcript at the CFR)

 May 20, 2004
State of the Empire

Broadcast as a two-hour special, part of WBAI's fundraising marathon, a third of the show was taken up by begging for money, something web listeners wouldn't want to endure. Here are the three interviews that accounted for the show's content (listed in order of broadcast).

Gary Younge, New York correspondent of The Guardian, on U.S. reactions to the torture photos, comparisons with British and other European imperialisms, and race in the U.S. vs. the UK * Cynthia Enloe of Clark University, famous for her feminist analyses of the military (see her book Maneuvers) talks about masculinity in the Bush administration, the oil industry, and military prisons * George Monbiot, author of Manifesto for a New World Order, on offshoring as reparations, the WTO, the limits of localism, and the democratization of global governance

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May 6, 2004 Heather Boushey talks about child care, in anticipation of Mother's Day * Merrill Goozner, author of The $800 Million Pill, talks about drug development, and why medicines are so damned expensive
April 29, 2004 Sean Jacobs, one of the organizers of the Ten Years of Freedom film festival, talks about the festival and South African politics * Richard Burkholder, Gallup's director of international operations, talks about the firm's polling in Iraq * Aimee Liu, author of the novel Flash House, talks about the CIA in Asia and trafficking in women
April 15, 2004 Jagdish Bhagwati, professor of economics at Columbia and author of In Defense of Globalization, talks about trade, capital flows, poverty, and development
April 8, 2004 Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire, talks first about the political economy of Japan (recovery for real? rightward move among the elite?) and then the evil effects of the U.S. empire on the outside world and on our democracy
April 1, 2004 Carlos Mejia, who left his national guard unit in Iraq to protest the war, and who faces desertion charges, talks about the war and his prospects * In a return engagement, Robert Fatton, author of Haiti's Predatory Republic, talking about the social structure of Haiti and the forces behind Aristide's rise, fall, rise, and fall
March 25, 2004 DH on outsourcing - as big a deal as they say? * Leo Panitch, co-editor of The Socialist Register 2004, on the American empire
March 18, 2004 Luciana Castellina on Italian politics - government, parties, popular movements * Ruth O'Brien, editor of Voices from the Edge: Narratives About the Americans With Disabilities Act, on the ADA, the workplace, and the courts, and Leonard Kriegel, one of the contributors to the collection, on getting around NYC in a wheelchair
March 11, 2004 Robert Fatton, author of Haiti's Predatory Republic, on the roots of Haiti's current predicament * Hilary Wainwright, editor of Red Pepper and author of Reclaim the State, on how popular movements can engage with state power without losing their innocence
March 4, 2004 Corey Robin on the militarized worldview of the neocons (article available here) * Laura Flanders on her new book on the women of the Bush administration, Bushwomen
February 26, 2004 Susie Bright on sex, politics, and her new book, Mommy's Little Girl * Frida Berrigan on who's making money from the war in Iraq (report available here * Mark Levitan on the crisis of employment in New York City (report available here)
February 19, 2004 Sara Roy, senior research scholar at the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, on the social crisis among Palestinians in the occupied territories and Israel's intentions behind building the wall * George Soros, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, on the Bush administration and the Bubble of American Supremacy * Christian Parenti on his January in Iraq, spent with the 82nd airborne and members of the resistance, which he wrote up in The Nation
February 12, 2004 Keith Bradsher, author of High and Mighty: The Dangerous Rise of the SUV, on the ravages of that vehicle and the mindset of its buyers * Michael Mann, author of Incoherent Empire, on the Bush administration's lust for domination [apologies, but the first five minutes or so of the original broadcast were lost, so a shorter approximation of the intro was recorded after the fact]

 January 22, 2004

Broadcast as a three-hour special, part of WBAI's fundraising marathon. a third of the show was taken up by begging for money, something web listeners wouldn't want to endure. Here are just the four interviews that accounted for almost all the show's content.

Noam Chomsky, author most recently of Hegemony or Surival, on Bush & Empire, andwhether the facts are enough * Barbara Ehrenreich, co-editor of Global Woman, on the reception of Nickel and Dimed and the feminization of imperialism * Naomi Klein, author of No Logo, on the economic transformation of Iraq and the global peace movment and the occupation * Alexandra Robbins, author of Secrets of the Tomb, an investigation into Yale's Skull & Bones, on the possibility of a Bones vs. Bones election (both Bush & Kerry are members) [opens with an excerpt from her full November 2002 interview (see below)]

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January 15, 2004 Archi Piyati of Human Rights First (formerly LCHR) on the barbaric U.S. treatment of refugees * Satya Gabriel on the Chinese economy
January 8, 2004 Anthony D'Costa on the Indian economy * Anatol Lieven on Afghanistan's new constitution * Joan Roelofs, author of Foundations and Public Policy, on foundations' influence on politics and culture


December 18, 2003 Larry Birns, director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, on the Central America Free Trade Agreement * Simon Head, author of The New Ruthless Economy, on working in the era of surveillance, restructuring, and speedup
December 11, 2003 Steffie Woolhandler of Physicians for a National Health Program on the Medicare reform bill * Robert Pollin, author of Countours of Descent, on the 1990s boom and after
December 4, 2003 Psephologist Ruy Teixeira on Bush's poll numbers * Michael Dawson, author of The Consumer Trap, on marketing
November 27, 2003 Thanksgiving Bigotry & Discrimination Special: Joel Schalit, author of Jerusalem Calling, on the Counterpunch collection, The Politics of Anti-Semitism * Patrick Mason on the economics of race (rebroadcast of June 19, 2003, interview)
November 13, 2003 Tim McCarthy & John McMillan, editors of The Radical Reader, on the history of American radicalism * Christian Parenti, author of The Soft Cage, on surveillance in America from slavery to the Patriot Act
November 6, 2003 Richard Burkholder, directior of international polling for Gallup, on that firm's survey of Baghdad: how do Iraqis feel about the war, occupation, their future * Ivo Daalder, author of America Unbound, on the Bush administration's foreign policy revolution

October 16, 2003

Special program for the WBAI quarterly fundraising marathon. Hugh Hamilton, host of Talkback, interviews Doug Henwood about his new book, After the New Economy. Includes some begging, alas (some was edited out). Please contribute here and mention where you heard the show. Program length: 1:39 (64kbps file is 45 megs; 16kpbs, 11 megs.)

October 9, 2003 Loretta Napoleoni, author of Modern Jihad, on Saudi Arabia and the finance of the jihadists * Bernard Henri-Levy, author of Who Killed Daniel Pearl?, on the murder of the WSJ reporter, and the culpability of Pakistan in jihadism
October 2, 2003 Ursula Huws, author of The Making of a Cybertariat, on work in the electronic age, domestic labor, offshoring, etc. * Ana Malinow, a doc in Houston affiliated with Physicians for a National Health Program, on the uninusred
September 25, 2003 stop whining about the corporate media and support excellent independent publications! Tom Frank, editor of The Baffler, on Boob Jubilee, a collection of essays from the journal * Lisa Jervis, co-editor of Bitch, on the magazine, feminism, and pop culture
September 18, 2003 Larry Siedentop of Oxford on EU enlargement and Sweden's rejection of the euro * Anatol Lieven on Iraq and Afghanistan (apologies for the missing opening and the poor audio quality of the first 10 minutes of this show)
September 11, 2003 9/11 show, sorta: Ruy Teixeira on George Bush's poll numbers two years after the WTC went down * Nicole Speulda of the Pew Center on foreign attitudes towards the U.S. * Leslie Kauffman of UFPJ on Cancun and the state of activism today
September 4, 2003 Yale prof Michael Denning on the strike against the university (ignore promise of Laura Smith at beginning of show - she didn't answer her phone) * Heather Boushey on the disappearance of the jobs that ex-welfare recipients were supposed to fill * Sharon Beder, author of Power Play, on the worldwide privatization and deregulation of electricity
August 28, 2003 return after vacation, blackout, and fundraising pre-emptions: Michael Albert on Parecon (participatory economics) * Christian Parenti on his visit to Iraq
July 31, 2003 Ken Sherrill of the Hunter College poli sci department, on the perils of nonpartisan elections * nurse-practitioner Helen Ruddy-Brachman on the perils of Medicare reform
July 24, 2003 labor law professor Marc Linder on work hours and the lack of pee breaks * Chris Carlsson on the bicycle anarcho-activists of Critical Mass
July 17, 2003 DH on economic news * Faye Wattleton, director of the Center for the Advancement of women, on a poll of American women * Anatol Lieven on postwar Iraq * Michael Shifter of Inter-American Dialogue on Bush & Latin America
July 10, 2003 DH on economic news * George Monbiot on global governance * author and activist Marta Russell on the UN conference on disability
July 3, 2003 DH on economic news * Berkeley geographer Richard Walker on the geography of the boom and bust * DH on the mess we're in with some listener phone calls on the topic
June 19, 2003 DH on economic news * Patrick Mason on the economics of racial discrimination * Isabel Cole on dissident Americans abroad (click here for the website) * Kim Schaffer on housing affordability
June 12, 2003 DH on economic news * Michael Hudson, author of a report on the sleazy world of "subprime" finance [ignore the promises of listener phone calls - they're not included in the archive versions]
June 5, 2003 DH on economic news * Hilary Wainwright, editor of Red Pepper, on Blair's political troubles * Hamid Dabashi on Iran

 May 22, 2003


Broadcast as a two-hour special, part of WBAI's fundraising marathon. a third of the show was taken up by begging for money, something web listeners wouldn't want to endure. Here are just the three interviews that accounted for almost all the show's content.

Bill Fletcher, of United for Peace and Justice and the Trans-Africa Forum, on the connections between imperial war and domestic austerity and organizing agaisnt both * Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire, on Bush & Empire, and the global justice movement(s) * Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, on election 2004, the reconstruction of Iraq, and the media

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May 8, 2003 DH on economic news * Howard Wachtel, author of Street of Dreams, on the history of Wall Street * Heather Boushey of the Center for Economic & Policy Research, on child care arrangements, and the general state of the job market
May 1, 2003 DH on economic news (more on jobs, confidence, Greenspan) * Nina Revoyr, on the social history of Los Angeles, its charms as a subject, and her novel Southland * Robin Hahnel, author of The ABCs of Political Economy, on mainstream theory, its faults, and a better way
April 24, 2003 DH on economic news (jobs, confidence, Greenspan) * Anatol Lieven on postwar Iraq and the gang of American provincials running it * Ruy Teixeira, public opinion expert at The Century Foundation and co-author of The Emerging Democratic Majority, on Bush's poll numbers
April 17, 2003 Cultural theorist and philosopher Slavoj Zizek on the Iraq war, American imperialism, the role of fantasy in politics, etc. Among his many books: Welcome to the Desert of the Real, The Plauge of Fantasies, Tarrying With the Negative,The Sublime Object of Ideology - and, for a sampler, The Zizek Reader.
April 10, 2003 Bill Fletcher, one of the principal organizers of United for Peace and Justice, in a return engagement on the antiwar movement after the war ends * Gilberto Buenaño, professor of planning and former minister in the Venezuelan government, on what's going on in that belaguered country * former investment banker (and LBO author) Nomi Prins on the contracting bonanza in Iraq
April 3, 2003 Bill Fletcher, one of the principal organizers of United for Peace and Justice, on the future of the antiwar movement * Raad AlKadiri of PFC Energy on Iraq & oil * Bathsheeba Crocker of CSIS on postwar Iraq (click here for a report she co-authored)
March 27, 2003 DH on politics and economics of war * contributors to Implicating Empire, on war, globalization, fundamentalism, and legitimacy: Heather Gautney (co-editor), Pete Bratsis, Michael Hardt, Ellen Willis
March 13, 2003 DH on why a show mostly not about war * Tom Athanasiou and Paul Baer, authors of Dead Heat, on global warming * Mickey Z, editor of The Murdering of My Years, on how artists & activist make ends meet without selling out
March 6, 2003 Ahmet Tonak on the political economy of Turkey & the war * Susie Bright, editor of The Best American Erotica 2003 [ignore promises at the top of the show that Ed Vulliamy would be on; he had quietly skipped off to DC to cover Bush's press conference]

 February 13, 2003


Broadcast as a two-hour special, part of WBAI's fundraising marathon. a third of the show was taken up by begging for money, something web listeners wouldn't want to endure. Here are just the three interviews that accounted for almost all the show's content.

Walden Bello on the World Social Forum (WSF) and rural development * Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and Fences and Windows, on how Argentines are taking governance and businesses into their own hands and the arrested adolescence of the globalization movement * Njoki Njehu, director of the U.S. 50 Years Is Enough campaign, on the global justice movement and peace

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February 6, 2003 DH on big bond manager Bill Gross on the end of American hegemony * Ellen Frank (of Emmanuel College and Dollars & Sense) on Bush's capital-friendly tax plans * Lenni Brenner on his latest book, a collection of 51 documents on Zionist-fascist links
January 30, 2003 Joel Schalit, editor of The Anti-Capitalism Reader, on the theory and practice of radical agitation today * Christian Weller of the Economic Policy Institute, on the state of the U.S. economy and the historical pattern of postwar recessions
January 23, 2003 William Pepper, author of An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, on the assassination as a joint venture of the U.S. government and the mafia * listener phonecalls
January 9, 2003 Ellen Frank (of Emmanuel College and Dollars & Sense) and Max Sawicky (of EPI and Maxspeak.org) on the Bush tax package * journalist Tim Shorrock on the Korean crisis (apologies for the muddy sound quality for the first 4 minutes of the show)


December 19, 2002 Mark Hertsgaard, author of The Eagle's Shadow, on how the U.S. is seen abroad * Thomas Burke, author of Lawyers, Lawsuits, and Legal Rights, on the litigation explosion
December 12, 2002 Sara Roy (contributor to The New Intifada) on the Palestinian economy * Geisa Maria Rocha on Brazil and the situation facing Lula (read her New Left Review article here)
December 5, 2002 Jonathan Nitzan, co-author of The Global Political Economy of Israel, talks about just that (and download the chapter [in Acrobat] on the weapondollar-petrodollar coalition here) * Ghada Karmi, author of In Search of Fatima, talks about her childhood in Palestine and exile in England
November 21, 2002 Alexandra Robbins, author of Secrets of the Tomb, an investigation into Yale's Skull & Bones, talks about the world's most famous secret society * Linda Greuen, ex-Wal-Mart worker turned union organizer, talks about the UFCW's National day of Action against the world's largest corporation * Amy Caiazza, director of the Institute for Women's Policy Resarch survey of the status of women in the 50 U.S. states, talks about the newly released reports
November 14, 2002 Ruy Teixeira, public opinion expert at The Century Foundation and co-author of The Emerging Democratic Majority on why that majority failed to emerge on November 5 * Bonnie Brower, of The City Project, on the dire budget situation in New York City
November 7, 2002 Christopher Hitchens, author of Why Orwell Matters, talks about his book, his bellicose turn, and what Orwell might think of the phrase "non-imperial occupation." Anatol Lieven talks about what Bush really wants in Iraq.

 October 17, 2002

Broadcast as a two-hour special, part of WBAI's fundraising marathon. a third of the show was taken up by begging for money, something web listeners wouldn't want to endure. Here are just the three interviews that accounted for almost all the show's content.

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These interviews were conducted in response to the mobilization against Iraq. Tariq Ali is a Pakistani-born, London-based political analyst and novelist whose most recent book is The Clash of Fundamentalisms (from Verso). Cynthia Enloe teaches in the government department of Clark University; her work that's most relevant to this interview is Maneuvers (from the Unviersity of California Press). And Noam Chomsky teaches linguistics at MIT; his most recent book is 9/11 (from Seven Stories Press).

Ali and Chomsky put the impending war on Iraq in historical and strategic context - what Bush is after, how it relates to long-standing U.S. policies, relations between the U.S. and its allies, and what might be next on the agenda. Ali also talks about the gains by religious parties in the Pakistani elections, and Chomsky talks about the reasonably good prospects for an antiwar movement in a country that's "incomparably more civilized" than it was 40 years ago. Enloe offers a feminist analysis of the militarization of our society - what its symptoms are, how sometimes people out of uniform are more militarized than those wearing it, and ways to demobilize our minds and our culture.

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October 3, 2002 Linda Peeno, MD and former medical director of several managed care companies, where she was supposed to deny care to sick people to boost corporate profits * listener call-ins

September 19, 2002 Campus Watch, the right-wing Zionist "rat on your professor" scheme * Eyal Weizman, one of the organizers of a banned exibit, The Politics of Israeli Architecture, and Dan Monk, author, The Architecture of Occupation, on how Israeli domination of Palestinians is manifested in the built environment * Hamid Dabashi, professor of Iranian studies at Columbia (and one of the targets of Campus Watch), on internal Iranian politics, what it's like belonging to the axis of evil, and the effects of a war on Iraq

September 12, 2002 Mohau Pheko looks back at the World Summit for Sustainable Development and forward with the movement that was energized by protesting it * two pundits from the hyperestablishment Council on Foreign Relations, Rachel Bronson and David Phillips, sing intellectual backup to Bush's war beat

September 5, 2002 political economist Sungur Savran reports from Instanbul on the state of Turkey * Heather Boushey, co-author of The State of Working America, on the material welfare of the U.S. population

August 29, 2002 Patrick Bond and Dennis Brutus report from Johannesburg on the World Summit for Sustainable Development, and the huge and repressed protests against it * Marc Linder, radical scholar of labor law at the University of Iowa, on U.S. wage and hour law and practice [because of a technical glitch, the hi-fi version isn't available]

August 22, 2002 DH on Jack Grubman & the telecoms bubble * Michael Sorkin and Sharon Zukin, editors, After the World Trade Center, talking about where those buildings came from and what might take their place    
August 15, 2002 DH on economic news ­ Fed holds fire, manufacturing sags * Joseph Stiglitz, co-winner 2001 Nobel Prize in economics; professor of economics, Columbia University; former chief economist, World Bank; author, Globalization and Its Discontents, on the U.S. economy, the effects of the stock market scandals, and how the IMF really works. In this interview, Stiglitz, who'd previously called for the reform of the IMF, says he's changing his mind, and it might well be time to scrap it and start all over. Click here for just that passage.    
August 1, 2002 DH on economic news ­ at the cusp of a vicious cycle? * Ruy Teixeira (The Century Foundation, co-author, The Emerging Democratic Majority) on the impact of the scandals and bear market on public opinion * Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire, on the book's reception and the impact of the Bush regime on his and Toni Negri's thinking    
July 25, 2002 DH on the bear market * Ken Silverstein on the idiocy of hydrocarbon-based explanations for the war in Afghanistan * Ron Hayduk and Ben Shepard, editors of From ACT-UP to the WTO, on political activism today    
July 18, 2002 DH on economic and scandal news * Pratap Chatterjee (freelance investigative journalist) on Cheney, Halliburton, and Brown and Root * Heather Boushey (Economic Policy Institute) on life after welfare    
July 11, 2002 DH on scandals * Charles Komanoff (economist and energy analyst) on the proposal to put tolls on the East River bridges in New York City * Steffie Woolhandler (physician, author, prominent member of Physicians for a National Health Program) on U.S. health care finance: public money, private control * Michael Perelman (economist and author, Steal This Idea) on intellectual property rights    
June 13, 2002 Robert Brenner, author of The Boom and the Bubble , talking about the 1990s boom, the subsequent bust, and the prognosis for the U.S. and world economies. And Gilberto Buenaño, Vice Minister of Planning and Regional Development in the government of Venezuela, talks about the coup attempt against the Chavez government, and what they're trying to do that's so annoyed Washington and the local elite.    
May 30, 2002 Bill Wolman and Anne Colamosca, talking about their book, The Great 401(k) Hoax ­ how the new pension system screws workers and lets employers off the hook. Judith Levine, author of Harmful to Minors , talks about kids, sex, and the national panic over their connections.    
April 4, 2002 Greg Palast, authorThe Best Democracy Money Can Buy , on the Florida election scandal, the World Bank, and the journalism racket. * Norman Finkelstein, author of The Holocaust Industry and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, on the most recent round of crisis.    

INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEWS (all 48kbps files except as noted)

Ashraf Ghani (October 4, 2001, 18:20; hi-fi file is 64kbps and 8.5 mb; low-fi is 16kbps and 2.2 mb ). Ghani is an anthropologist who'd taught at Johns Hopkins and consulted with the World Bank; he is now the finance minister of Afghanistan. He talks about Afghan society on the eve of the war.


Michael Hardt (December 7, 2000, 19:56, 6.9 mb) Co-author, with Antonio Negri, of Empire, in an interview done before the book became a phenom.

Chris Kraus and Sylvere Lotringer (March 28, 2002, 21:16, 7.4 mb) Editors, Hatred of Capitalism, a collection of pieces, many of which first appeared in Semiotext(e), talking about economics, culture, and the hatred of capitalism, of which we're all a part.

Bill Robinson (March 14, 2002, 15:05, 5.2 mb) This interview was recorded at the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, February 2002, and broadcast on March 14, 2002. He talks about the evolution of a global ruling class. Robinson teaches sociology at the University of California­Santa Barbara and is the author of Promoting Polyarchy. An essay by Robinson and Jerry Harris, "Towards A Global Ruling Class?," publishedScience and Society, is available here. Apologies for the poor sound quality.

Gore Vidal (May 16, 2002) Vidal talks about George W. Bush, the war on terror, and his book, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace. The interview was broken into three parts for broadcast, and that's the way it appears here. Because of an editing error, half a syllable was chopped off at the beginning of part 2; GV's question to himself is "Who governs?" If you'd rather read it, here's a transcript.

 streaming downloadable
 part 1 (14:20)  part 1 (4.9 mb)
 part 2 (9:55)  part 2 (3.4 mb)
 part 3 (8:54)  part 3 (3.0 mb)


Michael Zweig (June 7, 2002, 29:25, 10.2 mb) Zweig teaches economics at SUNY­Stony Brook and is the author of The Working Class Majority: America's Best-Kept Secret. He was the lead organizer of a conference held at Stony Brook in June 2002 called "How Class Works." In this interview, he talks about class in the U.S., and its relation to other categories like race and gender.


Kathie Sarachild and Amy Coenen of the Redstockings (January 24, 2002) on the organization, feminism, and its relation to health care.

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