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Amrit Singh: is a Staff Attorney at the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, where she has litigated cases relating to the use of diplomatic assurances to return individuals to countries known to employ torture, the indefinite and mandatory detention of immigrants, and discrimination against immigrants in the context of the federal government’s post 9/11 “special registration” program.

Robert Dreyfuss: freelance investigative journalist whose work appears in The Nation, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The American Prospect, and other progressive publications.  His work also appears in the new blog “Dreyfuss Report“.

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”.

Fr. Roy Bourgeois: is an American priest in the Maryknoll order of the Roman Catholic Church and founder of the human rights group SOA Watch.  He has recently been threatened with excommunication by the Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for his support of women’s ordination.

James Thindwa: is executive director of Chicago Jobs with Justice, a labor-community coalition, and a member of In These Times’ Board of Directors.

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Guilty of Blog Neglect

Your humble host has been neglecting the blog here.  I marvel at the people who can crank out items and make it interesting on a daily basis.  But doing the daily radio show along with my other work that supports my teetering empire, and keeping up with all the breaking news in our wacky world--most days I don't have much extra time to pound out the rants that don't make it on the show.

My thanks to Jeff Santos and his team in Boston for adding our show on AM 1510.  We're excited to reach new listeners and get a coast-to-coast dialogue going.  My grandfather was from New England, and I've always enjoyed spending time and meeting its warm and colorful people (OK, they're not all warm!).  Please email me with New England topics and views that you think should be included in our mix!

To my radio-active supporters:  With Bill O'Reilly dropping out of radio, contact your local station that's been airing his bombast and dare them to put an independent progressive like PBC on in his place.  As you may know, I'd like to reach beyond the left radio ghetto and connect with the new majority that elected Obama and others in November; and, I confess, I love to argue with dittoheads.  If you contact a station, email me the info so we can follow up.

Warm Holiday greetings from Katrina, Nick and me!


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

Tyson Slocum: is the Research Director for Public Citizen's Energy Program. Public Citizen is a 30-year old group that advocates policies to protect consumers.

Christopher Fettweis:  assistant professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. Author of Losing Hurts Twice As Bad: The Four stages to Moving Beyond Iraq

Ari Melber: is The Nation's Net movement correspondent and a writer for the magazine's blog. Article archive and contact information available at

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

Carolyn Crnich: Humboldt County California Registrar of Voters.

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

Prof. Robert Auerbach: served for eleven years as economist for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Financial Services (renamed the “Financial Services” Committee) assisting chairman/ranking member Henry B. Gonzalez carrying out oversight functions of the nation’s central bank led by Alan Greenspan.

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

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

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Paul Waldman: author of four books on media and politics. His latest is called “Free Ride: John McCain and the Media”. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Senior Fellow and Director of Special Projects at Media Matters for America. He is also a columnist for The American Prospect. You can read his blog at

Jeff Conant: is Director of International Programs for Food and Water Watch and liaison to the Red Vida, a coalition of water rights groups active throughout the Americas.

Dahr Jamail: is an award-winning freelance journalist. His reporting from Iraq has earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious 2008 Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, and four Project Censored awards.

Antonia Juhasz: policy-analyst, author and activist living in San Francisco. Her new book is called “The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry–and What We Must Do to Stop It”.

Free Speech Zone

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Rory O’Connor: veteran media critic. O’Connor’s new book is called “Shock Jocks: Hate Speech and Talk Radio: America’s Ten Worst Hate Talkers and the Progressive Alternatives”. Read his blog at

Jeremy Scahill: a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, is the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, published by Nation Books. He is an award-winning investigative journalist and correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now!.

Dan Weiss: is a Senior Fellow and the Director of Climate Strategy at American Progress, where he leads the Center's clean energy and climate advocacy campaign.

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

Melanie Sloan: serves as CREW’s Executive Director. Prior to starting CREW, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia where, from 1998-2003, she successfully tried cases before dozens of judges and juries.

Free Speech Zone

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Adrian Levy: Adrian Levy is a journalist and film maker specializing in foreign affairs and South East Asia.

Ray McGovern: is a retired CIA officer turned political activist.

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.’”

Sheldon Rampton: is the research director for the Center for Media & Democracy. A graduate of Princeton University, he has a diverse background as newspaper reporter, activist and author.

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.

Rev. Billy: Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir believe that Consumerism is overwhelming our lives. The corporations want us to have experiences only through their products.

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Eric Boehlert: Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America. He is the author of “Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush”.

Gov. Don Siegelman: was the Governor of Alabama from 1999 to 2003. Siegelman is the only person in the history of Alabama to be elected to serve in all four of the top statewide elected offices: Secretary of State, Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor.

John Laird: Assemblymember for the 27th Assembly District, which includes portions of Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties. In 2004, Mr. Laird was named by Assembly Speaker Núñez to join the Assembly leadership team as chair of the Budget Committee

Richard Rapaport: is a leading San Francisco Bay Area freelance writer.

Rep. Pete Stark: Congressman Pete Stark has served in Congress since 1973. A senior member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, he is currently the Chairman of its Health Subcommittee.

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Richard Stockton: is a nationally touring comedian with many appearances on national television and radio and heads the Planet Cruz Comedy Hour