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Thom Hartmann, Rep. Joe Sestak, and Gary Chew's review of the new documentary, The Cove.  Thom is my favorite progressive radio host, and we talk about his departure from Air America as well as the ideas in his newest book, Threshold: The Crisis of Western Culture. Thom argues that we are facing economic challenges, global warming, and population growth, and we have some disagreement about imigration policy.  Pennsylvania Democrat Joe Sestak, the retired 3-star Navy admiral, announced that he will challenge nouveau-Demo Arlen Specter in the Senate primary next year.  Sestak is very smart, he listens, and responds with thoughtful comments, not just rehearsed sound bites.  He earns high marks for pledging to restore the constitution and end illegal domestic surveillance, and for critical thinking about Afghanistan and other foreign policy issues.  Gary Chew, our official film reviewer, says "The Cove" is a moving documentary about dolphin slaughter in Japan, and I get to tell my story of an amazing encounter with a group of dolphins while sailing in the Caribbean.

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NSA whistleblower Russell D. Tice, who was the first to report that journalists were targeted by illegal domestic wiretapping and surveillance, joins us for the second installment of the Boiling Frogs interview series, co-hosted by Sibel Edmonds.  Tice tells us he was briefed on more than 200 "black" programs over his 20+ years in US intelligence, and expresses deep concern that Bush-era surveillance may have compromised many of our political leaders.  For more information, go to 123realchange.blogspot.com   We plan to post a new Boiling Frogs interview on Tuesdays.

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Obama's disappointing health insurance reform; a new group called Progressives for Immigration Reform; Tommy Panik on Larry Craig's new consulting firm; and an obit on Rev. Ike.  In our first segment, Dr. Len Saputo and Byron Belitsos talk about their book, "A Return to Healing: Radical Health Care Reform and the Future of Medicine" and about their frustrating efforts to educate lawmakers about the major reforms we need, but are unlikely to get.  www.areturntohealing.com PBC challenges Leah Durant, executive director of "Progressives For Immigration Reform" who uses progressive language to support right wing reform proposals.  www.progressivesforimmigrationreform.com   PBC gets a rare in-studio report from his in-depth undercover low-budget investigative reporter, Tommy Panik, fresh from Palin's Quitfest in Alaska.  Tommy has the scoop on disgraced ex-Sen. Larry Craig's new consulting gig.  And PBC notes the passing of the founder of God's Greed Squad, Rev. Ike