Arrr – It’s Friday!

It's Talk Like a Pirate Day, the start of the People's Climate March & Mobilization, Flashback Friday, and Congress is in recess again. Nicole discusses it all, along with the rest of the news. No Nukes activist Harvey Wasserman, and Medical Marijuana advocate Robert Platshorn guest. And for Flashback Friday, we go back to 2000 for Nicole's interview and performance with Natalie Merchant.

9-19-14 News Notes

France launches first airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. Destroys militants' depot (BBC) In the News Scotland votes NO Congress approves Syrian rebels' aid Use of force next, Congress? Clapper: We underestimated ISIS Hagel: "We recognize this is difficult" ISIS video uses British hostage as spox Obamacare chief under fire on Hill Clapper says he didn't lie... WH: "Full-court press" for climate summit Adrian Peterson's awful texts Senators urge judge to resign: domestic abuse UN: Ebola threat to peace and security OK Satanic black mass: protests Scotland Vote: Och Aye the NO • Scotland has voted to stay in the United [...]

Independence, War and Music

Angela McCluskey & Alan Cummings saying Yes to Scotland independence   Each Friday, we wrap up the week of shows with a journey into my musical past. Today, we mixed up past and present with a conversation with my old friend Angela McCluskey. For the past portion, we ventured back to August of 2000 for an interview I did with her then-band, Wild Colonials and heard their always-brilliant performance. Angela joined me via phone from her current home in New York to talk about life, music and the vote for Scottish independence.  As a native of Glasgow, Scotland, [...]

It’s Always About the Money

Last Thursday, a federal judge ruled that BP’s “gross negligence” and “willful misconduct” had caused the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and that the company’s “reckless” behavior made it subject to fines of as much as $4,300 a barrel under the Clean Water Act. Antonia Juhasz, Oil and Energy Analyst and author of three books - Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill, The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry--and What We Must Do to Stop It , and The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time - joined me on the show this morning to [...]

Take the Threats Seriously

Americans have really short memories. It was less than a year ago that the Republicans shut down the US government for 16 very long days. And now Mitch McConnell is threatening to do it again. I suggest we take those threats very seriously. To refresh our country's collective memory loss: First, Federal employees were furloughed for a combined total of 6.6 million days, more than in any previous government shutdown. At its peak, about 850,000 individuals per day were furloughed. That number fell once most Department of Defense civilian employees were able to return to work as the Pentagon implemented the [...]

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