Two-Fer Thursday

Ok, quickie post today with links to guests and topics only, as I got a call this morning asking me to pinch hit for Randi Rhodes again today.  So.... busy day! First of all, Elvis Costello was great last night.. I'll talk a bit about it on the show this morning, along with the thing that pisses me off every time I go to a concert! And second, big apologies to Shane-O and Danielle for leaving my ustream encoder on yesterday, forcing them off the air until I could reach my daughter and have her shut down my computer last [...]

On Fairness

I don't have much time to write this today, as I have to take my kid to a doctors appointment shortly... But I did want to give links from today's show, and write a few words about fairness, which was the overarching theme of today's show. My friend Cliff Schecter summed up some of it beautifully for Politico: Only in America. We have a system where each candidate for high office only has to befriend there very own pet oligarch - be it Adelson, Foster Freiss, etc. - and they can run for office forever, as their friendly billionaire gives [...]

Solomon, Palast & Belle

No, Solomon, Palast & Belle isn't a law firm ... quite the opposite.  These three are people who do a lot of good - and happened to all be guests on my show this morning! We began with Norman Solomon, long time activist turned congressional candidate.  I always love talking with Norman, but wanted him on the show this morning so I could talk listeners into donating a few bucks to his campaign.  Extra impetus - your donation to Solomon's campaign (or to Dr. David Gill's) AT THIS LINK enters you into a drawing to win a Fender Stratocaster autographed [...]

On Oil Spills, Warfare, Websites and Wingnuts

I try to end each week with a break from the very serious subjects that often consume my shows and posts.  John Fugelsang joins me on Thursday mornings to help us laugh about some of the craziness we have to face each and every day. Today we didn't have a lot of laughs.  War hit very close to home this week.  Yesterday, we learned that photojournalist Tim Hetherington was killed while covering the war in Libya.  And yes, it is a war. I only met Tim once, and it was via phone.  I had the pleasure of interviewing him last [...]

It’s 4/20

A date that means different things to different people. April 20, 1889 Adolph Hitler was born. April 20, 1999 Columbine High School massacre. April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, starting the largest environmental disaster in US history. April 20 is also known as "Weed Day" as pot smokers around the world celebrate 420 (whether 4:20 or 4/20) as a time to indulge. I also mistakenly thought that today was Earth Day. But as I went to find just how many years Earth Day has officially been with us, I found that it is [...]

USA: We Do Big Things

Am I the only one who felt Jeffrey Immelt's influence here?  When President Obama proclaimed "We do big things," my mind went to the old GE commercials "We bring good things to light." Perhaps it was just me. But I do remember hearing that the Democrats were going to bring some Madison Avenue types in to help with their messaging.  If "We do big things" is the best they can do, they need to go back to Mad Men and try again. So much was made of the integrated seating at last night's State of the Union address. Democrats and [...]

It’s the End of the Year… or Not!

It's hard to believe we're coming up on the end of 2010. The older we get, the shorter the years... or so it seems. 2010 was a year for the history books. This was a year of political frustration, economic distress and ecological disaster. We witnessed the rise of the Tea Party, and division among the Democrats. The first big shot against (small d) democracy came on January 21, when the Supreme Court upended 100 years of law to give corporations the right to buy elections. To add insult to injury, Air America radio (my employer at the time) ceased [...]

Weekend Laughs

Thursdays start my weekends, and we got it off to a good start today!  Mix a blogger with a journalist and a couple of comedians and me... and you've got today's show. My first guest was blogger Zerlina Maxwell, with whom I feel a bit of kinship as we both won DFA Scholarships to last summer's Netroots Nation in the same round of voting.  Zerlina blogs at This Week in Blackness and The Loop 21, where her latest piece, "Republicans Will Impeach Obama" is posted. Yesterday marked the 6 month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.  What's that? You'd forgotten [...]

Tony Curtis & Me – The Thursday Nicole Sandler Show

RIP Tony Curtis.  Yes, there's a story to go along with the photo.  From 1990-1994, I produced the Mark & Brian Show at KLOS in Los Angeles.  Each year, we'd put on a ridiculously extravagent Christmas show.  Tony Curtis had appeared on the show to promote his book and, if memory serves, he returned to read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" at the Christmas show. Tony took a liking to me.  His publicist must have given him my phone number, as Tony was relentless in his pursuit.  I finally had to tell him that I simply wasn't interested.  He took [...]

Tuesday’s Show – Despite FPL’s Best Efforts To Stop It

Well, my day certainly started with a bang.  We had a small thunderstorm this morning here in Coral Springs, Florida... and true to form, Florida Power & Light couldn't keep my power on! The lights went out right around 9:10am, a scant 50 minutes before showtime. When I contacted FP&L, they said they hoped to have the power restored by 11:15, so I shut everything down and contacted my scheduled guests to let them know there might not be a show today. Imagine my surprise when the lights came back on at 9:53, giving me a whopping 7 minutes to [...]

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