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Show Details for the week of October 20th, 2014

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On The Monitor this week:

Nick Schou on Gary Webb, his book Kill the Messenger and the new movie of the same name starring Jeremy Renner.

The Monitor has copies of the book available for your pledge of $100. Please call 713-526-5738 during the show and ask for Kill the Messenger by Nick Schou

More about this week’s guest and Premium:

Jeremy Renner and Nick Schou arrrive at the 'Kill The Messenger' New York Screening - After Party at Michael's on October 9, 2014 in New York City. October 8, 2014 - Source: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images North America
Jeremy Renner and Nick Schou arrive at the ‘Kill The Messenger’ New York Screening – After Party at Michael’s on October 9, 2014 in New York City. October 8, 2014 – Source: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images North America

Nick Schou is an award-winning investigative journalist whose articles have resulted in the release from prison of wrongly convicted individuals; and in the federal indictment, conviction, and imprisonment of a Huntington Beach, California mayor. He is the managing editor of OC Weekly, the alternative news publication for CA’s Orange County and Long Beach communities.

HarperCollins included one of his feature stories in Best American Crime Reporting 2008. Mr. Schou is the author of Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack Cocaine Epidemic Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb (published by Nation Books, 2006); Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love’s Quest to bring Peace, Love and Acid to the World (Thomas Dunne, 2009); and The Weed Runners (Chicago Review Press, 2013).

The Monitor has copies of the book available for your pledge of $100. Please call 713-526-5738 during the show and ask for Kill the Messenger by Nick Schou

Kill the Messenger tells the story of the tragic death of Gary Webb, the controversial newspaper reporter who committed suicide in December 2004. Webb is the former San Jose Mercury News reporter whose 1996 “Dark Alliance” series on the so-called CIA-crack cocaine connection created a firestorm of controversy and led to his resignation from the paper amid escalating attacks on his work by the mainstream media. Author and investigative journalist Nick Schou published numerous articles on the controversy and was the only reporter to significantly advance Webb’s stories.

Drawing on exhaustive research and highly personal interviews with Webb’s family, colleagues, supporters and critics, this book argues convincingly that Webb’s editors betrayed him, despite mounting evidence that his stories were correct. Kill the Messenger examines the “Dark Alliance” controversy, what it says about the current state of journalism in America, and how it led Webb to ultimately take his own life.

Webb’s widow, Sue Bell Stokes, remains an ardent defender of her ex-husband. By combining her story with a probing examination of the one of the most important media scandals in recent memory, this book provides a gripping view of one of the greatest tragedies in the annals of investigative journalism.

The Monitor has copies of the book available for your pledge of $100. Please call 713-526-5738 during the show and ask for Kill the Messenger by Nick Schou

This is Gary Webb talking about the CIA and the trafficking of cocaine:

The Monitor has copies of the book available for your pledge of $100. Please call 713-526-5738 during the show and ask for Kill the Messenger by Nick Schou

And this is the official trailer for the movie, Kill the Messenger




Show Details for the week of June 18th, 2012

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On this week’s show:

  • Border Security turns into Border Warfare – an interview with Todd Miller
  • Elections in France and Greece show a move to the left – an interview with Richard Wolff


More about this week’s guests:

Todd Miller

Todd Miller has researched and written about U.S.-Mexican border issues for more than 10 years. He currently writes on border and immigration issues for NACLA Report on the Americas. He has worked for BorderLinks in Tucson, Arizona, and Witness for Peace in Oaxaca, Mexico.


Bringing the Battlefield to the Border – The Wild World of Border Security and Boundary Building in Arizona


“William ‘Drew’ Dodds, the salesperson for StrongWatch, a Tucson-based company, is at the top of his game when he describes developments on the southern border of the United States in football terms. In his telling, that boundary is the line of scrimmage, and the technology his company is trying to sell — a mobile surveillance system named Freedom-On-The-Move, a camera set atop a retractable mast outfitted in the bed of a truck and maneuvered with an Xbox controller — acts like a ‘roving linebacker…there has been an ‘al-Qaedization of immigrants and immigration policy.’ And as in the Global War on Terror, military-industrial companies like Boeing and Halliburton are cashing in on this version of for-profit war.”


Richard Wolff

Richard Wolff is author of the new book “Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism.” He is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.


“Recent elections in France and Greece show politics moving sharply to the left. The basic reasons are shock and then mounting anger. After five years of global capitalist crisis and government bailouts chiefly for the financiers who caused that crisis, the people are told to pay the costs of crisis and bailouts by suffering austerity (reduced public services when most needed plus reduced government jobs when unemployment is already severe). The usual parties and the usual politics are exposed as bankrupt servants of a capitalism that no longer can ‘deliver the goods’ and keeps dumping ‘bads’ on most people. Demands for major leftward social shifts win millions of new supporters, especially among the young.”





Show details for the week of November 14th, 2011

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  • Hip Hop, politics and music – an interview with Immortal Technique
  • WikiLeaks Reveals U.S. Ties to Honduran Drug Dealer – an interview with Dana Frank

Immortal Technique

Immortal Technique in Afghanistan

Felipe Andres Coronel better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper of Afro-Peruvian descent as well as an urban activist. He was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Harlem, New York. Most of his lyrics focus on controversial issues in global politics. The views expressed in his lyrics are largely commentary on issues such as class struggle, poverty, religion, government and institutional racism.

Tech was in Houston this weekend at Fitzgerald’s as part of his tour promoting his new album, The Martyr. The album is available for free at Viper Records. The interview was conducted backstage prior to his gig. More tour dates:


Wed. Nov. 16 EL PASO, TX CLUB 101


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Dana Frank

UCSC history professor Dana Frank reporting on protests in Honduras on the anniversary of the June 28, 2009 militrary coup.

Dana Frank is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz and author of many books, including “Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America,” which examines the banana workers’ unions of Honduras. She recently wrote “WikiLeaks Honduras: U.S. Linked to Brutal Businessman.”

Quote: “New Wikileaks cables reveal that the U.S. embassy in Honduras — and therefore the State Department — has known since 2004 that Miguel Facussé, the richest man in Honduras, who is allegedly responsible for the deaths of campesino activists in the Aguan Valley, is a cocaine importer. U.S. `drug war’ funds and training are being used to support a known drug trafficker’s war against campesinos.

“The U.S. is funding and training Honduran military and police that are conducting joint operations with the security guards of a known drug trafficker to violently repress a campesino movement on behalf of Miguel Facussé’s dubious claims to vast swathes of the Aguán Valley, in order to support his African palm biofuels empire.

“Despite strong anti-drug rhetoric from U.S. officials, State Department cables recently made available by Wikileaks show that the U.S. has been aware of the drug ties of one of Honduras’ most powerful and wealthy individuals since 2004, yet has continued to support him. U.S. military and police assistance is also aiding the businessman, landowner and coup-backer Miguel Facussé, in a campaign of repression targeted at the campesinos whose land Facussé wants for production of palm oil. Despite the objections of 87 members of Congress, U.S. funding for the Honduran military and police continues, even though reports continue to emerge of police involvement in killings, such as in the recent case of the son of a university rector, and journalists and human rights activists continue to be targeted, with impunity.”

Show Details for the week of August 22nd, 2011

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Guests for this week’s show are Nancy Altman and Christopher Fichtner.


Nancy Altman

The Battle for Social Security by Nancy J. Altman

Nancy J. Altman has a thirty-five year background in the areas of Social Security and private pensions. She is co-director of Social Security Works and co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security coalition and campaign. She is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble (John Wiley & Sons, 2005).

From 1983 to 1989, Ms. Altman was on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and taught courses on private pensions and Social Security at the Harvard Law School. In 1982, she was Alan Greenspan’s assistant in his position as chairman of the bipartisan commission that developed the 1983 Social Security amendments. From 1977 to 1981, she was a legislative assistant to Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO), and advised the Senator with respect to Social Security issues. From 1974 to 1977, she was a tax lawyer with Covington & Burling, where she handled a variety of private pension matters.





Christopher Fichtner

Christopher Fichtner is Clinical Professor, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and President of WellMindHealth.

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Christopher Glenn Fichtner, M.D. is a psychiatrist who practices in Illinois and California. He has public mental health experience in federal (VA), state and county systems, and served as state mental health director for Illinois from 2003 to 2005. He has served on the faculty of several medical schools, including the University of Chicago, and currently holds a volunteer appointment as Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

Dr. Fichtner is a graduate of the University of California at Riverside (B.S.), Columbia University in the City of New York (M.A.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.