It's the usual avalanche of insane news for a day ending in Y. But before we get to it, I explained why I was out yesterday, and spoke honestly about my ongoing struggle with depression. If you want to skip over that, I wouldn't blame you... As he does each Thursday, Howie Klein of Down with Tyranny and the Blue American PAC joins in. His segment begins at around the 30 minute mark (actually a few minutes later, as the studio gremlins were fucking with me big time today)....
Nicole Sandler welcomes journalist and author Johann Hari back to the show to talk about his new book, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression-- and the Unexpected Solutions. Find out more about the book at thelostconnections.com.
Republicans passed their GOP Tax Scam through both chambers of Congress and it's now off to the president for his signature. After an update on the day's news, I'm joined by BradBlog's Brad Friedman for a bit of commiserating over almost a year of Trump in the White House.
I apologize for the delay in posting this show. I've been turned upside down and inside out of late -- sort of like this country. We have fallen through the looking glass and entered Opposite World©. I was actually out during this show -- I had my first three-month post-surgery follow-up with my oncologist. We did a CT scan last week, and this appointment was to go over the results. And the news is great. He said it all looks wonderful. So, three months from now, we'll do it again. But for now, I'm cancer-free! That's the good news. Part of what sent [...]
Nicole takes on Gov Mike Pence of Indiana, who yesterday signed the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" that allows business to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Jon Gold guests to talk about the top secret 28 pages of the 9/11 commission report, and his interview about it with former Sen. Bob Graham. And it's Friday, so we'll end with a double musical blast from the past with Aimee Mann and Jonatha Brooke.
The world lost a real treasure yesterday. Robin Williams gave us the gift of countless verses, of howls of hilarity, gleeful giggles and even snort-inducing snickers. For the laughs, I'll be forever grateful. But he also had the ability to get truly serious, and to bring us to tears. His performances in Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire and even the under-appreciated Jumanji are among my favorites. But there were so many more thought-provoking, risk-taking roles (What Dreams May Come comes to mind) that made up the wealth of work he'll leave behind and insure [...]
We trot out the wisdom of Franklin each year as we pay our share of keeping this country going. I believe any patriot would be more than willing to pay their taxes to insure that the infrastructure is kept up, and the citizens protected. Unfortunately, those priorities seem to be low on the totem pole that has military spending taking up a ridiculous percentage of the hard-earned dollars most of us fork over every year. It's sad and maddening that the wealthiest people and corporations in the US get the biggest tax breaks, while those of us struggling to get [...]
This week was filled with sad stories - from the death of Paddy Kraska, the Susie Madrak's story of her friend's suicide, to the slaughter of dolphins continuing at Taiji Cove to the realization that the 85 wealthiest people in the world hold more wealth than the 3.5 billion people who make up the less fortunate half of the world's population and more. If you're wondering who those hoarding the most wealth around the world are, just take a look at Forbes' list of the world's billionaires. Just think of all the good that could be done if those wealthiest [...]
Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG opposes drive hunt fisheries. — キャロライン・ケネディ駐日米国大使 (@CarolineKennedy) January 18, 2014 We can thank the new US Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, and Yoko Ono too, for the fact that we're talking about the annual slaughter of dolphins at Taiji Cove in Japan. I first learned of the horrific practice in the summer of 2009. I was hosting a nightly show on Air America Radio, and was sent a review DVD of the documentary The Cove Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, THE COVE follows an elite team of activists, [...]
As one who suffers from depression, you might think I'd have sympathy for Frank Luntz after reading that he's "profoundly depressed." I have sympathy for any human being suffering from the malady that has me lashing out at grocery store bag boys and hurting those who love me most, but Frank Luntz is far from human. As Molly Ball wrote in The Atlantic in a piece entitled "The Agony of Frank Luntz", The crisis began, he says, after last year's presidential election, when Luntz became profoundly depressed. For more than a month, he tried to stay occupied, but nothing could [...]