Yesterday, on the Randi Rhodes Show, I was joined by my pal Brad Friedman who told us all about his story – with actual audio – from the top secret retreat hosted by those far from fabulous Koch Brothers in June.  Well, almost all about it.  Part two of the story hit the fan this morning, and Brad joined me to talk about the super surprise and top secret (until today) keynote speaker Chris Christie.

He’ll also come back on Randi’s show this afternoon.

This morning, I also spoke with The Nation‘s Ari Berman – this time about a piece he wrote for Rolling Stone: The GOP’s War on Voting.

This afternoon, we’ll start the show with some personal reflections on 9-11 as we approach this Sunday’s 10th anniversay.

Cliff Schecter is the author of the 2008 bestseller The Real McCain, and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post writes a weekly column for Al Jazeera English (now syndicates to 850 other outlets).  His latest column is   “9-11 and Its Great Transformations”

You might not know the name John Ondrasik, but you likely know his music. John is the man behind the band Five for Fighting, and is an old, dear friend of mine.  His song, Superman, had been released shortly before that awful day (I was actually the very first person to play it on the radio!)…  It was adopted as an anthem by NYC’s first responders, and John was invited to play it at Madison Square Garden – amdist some of music’s biggest superstars – at the Concert for NYC.

Tonight is the big GOP debate, and tomorrow night President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on our jobs crisis. Leo Gerard – International President of the Steelworkers Union will weigh in on the jobs plans being discussed now, including tomorrow’s speech, Romney’s plan, and what we really need.  Read his take on the meaning of Labor Day in this piece he wrote for AlterNet last week.