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12-30-08

Stephenie Hendricks fills in as host on the Peter B. Collins Show.

Dr. Megan Schwarzman: research scientist in UC Berkeley's School of Public Health

David Levine: is the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is also Chair of the University’s Center for Health Research and Chair of the Advisory Board for Scientific Evaluation for Global Action.

Dr. Bill Hirzy: Senior Vice President of EPA's Headquarters Union in Washington DC.

Jeff Ruch: the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a Washington based nonprofit.

Larry Bensky: is a literary and political journalist with more than forty years experience in both print and broadcast media, as well as a teacher and long-time political activist.

Dr. Paul Larudee: co-founder of FreeGaza.org.

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12-29-08

Patrick Mauro guest hosts on the Peter B. Collins Show

Stephen Zunes: is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies.

Sam Bahour: is a Palestinian-American businessman (was building a shopping center chain in Palestine until it was shut down by the illegal Israeli actions of the past year), living in the besieged Palestinian suburb of Al-Bireh (suburb of Ramallah), in the illegally Israeli occupied West Bank of the Jordan River.

Mark Karlin: is the editor of buzzflash.com

Cliff Schecter: political commentator and journalist. His blog is called The Political Carnival. His latest book is called “The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don’t Trust Him and Why Independents Shouldn’t”.

Scott Howland: Spokesman for the CHP

Ramzi Kysia: is a Muslim-American peace activist, and serves on the board of directors for the Education for Peace in Iraq Center.

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12-24-08

Stephenie Hendricks guest hosts on the Peter B. Collins Show

Peter Illyn: is executive director of Restoring Eden, a nonprofit working to make environmental stewardship a core Christian value.

Patty Kuderer: Director of Communications for The Peace Alliance is guest host.

Marianne Perez: Currently working on Department of Peace Campaign in the US. Very interested in developing powerful, effective and engaging peace media.

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12-23-08

Jonathan Curiel: is a journalist in San Francisco. A staff writer with the San Francisco Chronicle, he is the author of Al’ America: Travels Through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots.

John Nichols: Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent.

Jason Leopold: investigative journalist. He writes for the online publication The Public Record.

Free Speech Zone

Diane Farsett: The Center for Media and Democracy's Senior Researcher.

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12-22-08

Marjorie Cohn: president of the National Lawyers Guild and a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she teaches criminal law and procedure, evidence, and international human rights law.

John R. Rick MacArthur: Publisher of Harper's Magazine and Board Chairman of the tax-exempt foundation that owns it.

Cliff Schecter: political commentator and journalist. His blog is called The Political Carnival. His latest book is called “The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don’t Trust Him and Why Independents Shouldn’t”

Bruce Fein: lawyer in the United States who specializes in constitution and international law. He is a pro-impeachment republican.

Brad Friedman: self-described election integrity muckraking journalist jerk. You can read his blog at Bradblog.com.

Harvey Wasserman: Free Press Senior Editor. Wasserman is a “Superpower of Peace” columnist and author of a dozen books including SOLARTOPIA! Our Green-Powered Earth, A.D. 2030.

Attorney Cliff Arnebeck: is the Chair of Legal Affairs Committee of Common Cause Ohio and a National Co-Chair and attorney for The Alliance for Democracy.

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12-19-08

Steve Fainaru: is an investigative sportswriter for The Washington Post. He was a reporter for The Boston Globe for eleven years, covering major-league baseball, Wall Street, and Latin America. His newest book is Big Boy Rules: America’s Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq.

Robert Parry: founder of ConsortiumNews.com.  His new book is called “Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush”.

Tom Campbell: is a former congressman from California's 12th and 15th districts, the former dean of the Haas School of Business, and a professor of business administration at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as the Director of Finance for the State of California in 2004 and 2005, and he previously served five nonconsecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican.

Brad Friedman: self-described election integrity muckraking journalist jerk. You can read his blog at Bradblog.com.

Harvey Wasserman: Free Press Senior Editor. Wasserman is a “Superpower of Peace” columnist and author of a dozen books including SOLARTOPIA! Our Green-Powered Earth, A.D. 2030.

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Write to Bernie Ward

All my West Coast listeners know Bernie Ward from his years as the Lion of the Left on KGO/San Francisco.

And you all know that he is serving 6+ years in federal prison on a child pornography conviction.  While it's clear that Bernie broke the law, it is a draconian law that deserves reform.  I, for one, decline to judge him; he is paying a heavy price and is certainly punishing himself.  His deal with the prosecutor included an understanding that Bernie would serve his sentence in California, either in Dublin or Lompoc.  But without warning, he was transferred by plane to Oklahoma City followed by a 12-hour bus ride to "Bloody Beaumont", in Texas, which is considered one of the worst low security prisons in the nation.  This strikes me as a kind of "rendition" to gratuitous extra punishment, as Bernie's family can't afford to travel there very often.  The rates for phone calls from prisons are jacked up, so it really strains family connections.

Bernie did a lot of good work on his late-night show, the Sunday God Talk, and the charity work he devoted so much energy to.  Please take a moment to write him, and include a few stamps so he can write to you and others.  And if you are in a position to make a contribution, he and I would be very grateful.  Just go to www.BOP.gov and use the info below to deposit to his account.

Bernard V. Ward   90569-111

P O Box 26020

Beaumont, TX  77720-6020

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12-18-08

Faiz Shakir: Research Director at The Center for American Progress and serves as Editor-in-Chief of ThinkProgress.org.

Banafsheh Akhlaghi: is the President and Founder of the National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement (NLSCA), a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the human rights and dignity of Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (MEMSA) peoples.

Scott Dick: regular contributor on Military/Vets issues. Dick hosts his own radio broadcast called The Scott Dick Show.

Free Speech Zone

David Cay Johnston: was an investigative journalist for The New York Times now focusing on the subject of taxation. He accepted a buyout offer from the Times in April 2008 and is now an independent reporter. He most recently published Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense and Stick You With The Bill, about hidden subsidies, rigged markets, and corporate socialism.

R J Shulman: political satirist. You can read Shulman’s blog at ptsd1.blogspot.com.