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Just a year ago, John Laird was battling Arnold Schwarzenegger over the California budget mess. The former Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee talks about the ongoing fight, and Arnold's plans to blow up the Waste Management Board (where Laird now works) even though it gets no revenue from the state general fund. Peter B. also talks with Roger Shuler of legalschnauzer.blogspot.com about the case of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who was railroaded into prison by pals of Karl Rove and is getting stiff-armed by the Obama Justice Department.

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Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds unveils the new website, 123realchange.blogspot.com and details her criticism of Newsweek's Michael Issikoff for his failure to report important information about serious problems at the FBI's translations office, while reporting official denials he knew were false. And PBC serves up a rant about the bad coverage of recent events by the corporate media and some progressives.

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Journalist Robert Dreyfuss of The Nation talks about the latest "terrorist plot", just another bunch of losers egged on by a paid FBI informant. Dreyfuss also talks about his trip to Iran to cover the presidential election. www.thenation.com And Brad Friedman from BradBlog.com updates us on the ongoing legal battle over Sen. Al Franken's election, and more.

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Journalist Robert Dreyfuss of The Nation talks about the latest "terrorist plot", just another bunch of losers egged on by a paid FBI informant. Dreyfuss also talks about his trip to Iran to cover the presidential election. www.thenation.com And Brad Friedman from BradBlog.com updates us on the ongoing legal battle over Sen. Al Franken's election, and more.

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Update for the PBC 'Base"

This dispatch from your humble host is going out to all emails in our database, starting 6.7.09

June 7, 2009

Dear Friend,

I’m pleased to report that the launch of my new online radio show is near.  The next time you hear from me, it will be an alert that the first program is posted online.  You are part of the Peter B. “base” of supporters, and the first to know of our plans.

Many of you have already been listening on the internet, so it will be easier for you to connect to our series of Podcasts at www.peterbcollins.com, at iTunes, or at www.RootsUpRadio.com.

If you don’t understand podcasting, please be assured that you don’t need to have an iPod or even go to iTunes to hear the show.  You can just visit www.peterbcollins.com and find the latest shows.  You can listen right there on demand, or go to iTunes (for free) and subscribe to have the show downloaded to you computer right after we release it.  You can then listen to the show on your computer, or transfer it to a CD or MP3 player, including an iPod or iPhone.

When we signed off of AM radio in March, many of you pledged to subscribe to our podcast series.  Some of you even made advance payments of up to a year—thanks!  If you are able, please stop by peterbcollins.com and click on “You Can Help”  You can make a one time contribution, or (soon) you can set up a monthly subscription at the amount of your choice.

And if you know of possible advertisers or sponsors, please let me know!

With your support, I will be able to deliver 2 or 3 podcasts each week, with 45 minutes to an hour on each episode.  I’m pleased to tell you that Katrina Rill will continue as my producer, helping me shape the topics and lining up great guests to talk with.  We are ready to bring you more great—well, I guess I still think of them as “radio programs”—but they will be on your computer instead of your radio.  With the right accessories, you can even listen in the car.

So stand by for our next communiqué!

pbc

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Update to Peter B.'s "Base"

This letter is going out to all PBC supporters in our database starting June 7:

June 7, 2009

Dear Friend,

I’m pleased to report that the launch of my new online radio show is near.  The next time you hear from me, it will be an alert that the first program is posted online.  You are part of the Peter B. “base” of supporters, and the first to know of our plans.

Many of you have already been listening on the internet, so it will be easier for you to connect to our series of Podcasts at www.peterbcollins.com, at iTunes, or at www.RootsUpRadio.com.

If you don’t understand podcasting, please be assured that you don’t need to have an iPod or even go to iTunes to hear the show.  You can just visit www.peterbcollins.com and find the latest shows.  You can listen right there on demand, or go to iTunes (for free) and subscribe to have the show downloaded to you computer right after we release it.  You can then listen to the show on your computer, or transfer it to a CD or MP3 player, including an iPod or iPhone.

When we signed off of AM radio in March, many of you pledged to subscribe to our podcast series.  Some of you even made advance payments of up to a year—thanks!  If you are able, please stop by peterbcollins.com and click on “You Can Help”  You can make a one time contribution, or (soon) you can set up a monthly subscription at the amount of your choice.

And if you know of possible advertisers or sponsors, please let me know!

With your support, I will be able to deliver 2 or 3 podcasts each week, with 45 minutes to an hour on each episode.  I’m pleased to tell you that Katrina Rill will continue as my producer, helping me shape the topics and lining up great guests to talk with.  We are ready to bring you more great—well, I guess I still think of them as “radio programs”—but they will be on your computer instead of your radio.  With the right accessories, you can even listen in the car.

So stand by for our next communiqué!

pbc

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Hear PBC on a podcast!

I'm still planning to launch the PBC podcast in June, and in the meantime, I joined media critic and progressive leader Norman Solomon on a podcast hosted by Joan Kenley.  The show is called "The Media: What's True, What's Not" and we explore the media's role in the selling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other issues.

Find the podcast at www.joankenley.com starting April 11.

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One door closes………

and another door has opened.  A few callers used that phrase to comfort me during our last week on the air.  I don't quite consider it a cliche, because it's true, too often.

The week after I signed off, I stopped in Sacramento--on my way to ski at Lake Tahoe--to visit Lt. Governor John Garamendi.  The meeting was requested by my friend John Ames, who has started the Genomics Education Institute and wanted to update the LG on his progress.  At the end of the meeting, I told Mr. Garamendi that I had gotten to know him pretty well through our radio interviews (dating back to 1990), and that I think he is the best candidate for Governor next year. And I mentioned that I'd like to work on his campaign when it gets rolling, as media consultant.

Since the primary is 14 months away, I didn't expect any immediate response.  To my surprise, John called back a few days later, and on April 3 I was hired as consultant on media and message.  We are gearing up for the Democratic state convention in Sacramento April 24-26, so I'm now immersed in the policies and politics of California.

It's pretty easy to be an outside critic with a radio show, but when you dive into the political pool--some would say "cesspool"--at a crisis point like today, it's sobering and scary.  California is in very deep trouble, and we really can't continue to play the special interest games that have ruled Sacramento for as long as I've followed the action.  The stakes are really high, we have a fictional budget that will soon collapse, again, as most Democratic leaders have been forced into a diabolical partnership with the Governator to pass a 6-pack of ballot measures on May 19 that will only make things worse, if they pass.

Garamendi has experience and vision, and the courage to lead us out of this mess--that's why I offered to work for him.   Let me know if you support John, and would like to help in your area.

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For Now, "That's All, Folks"

Friday's final broadcast was bittersweet--great guests like Bob Dreyfuss, Bruce Fein, Rev. Robin Meyers sipping wine with us in studio, plus regulars Bob Parry Brad Friedman and more.

Thanks to all for helping us wrap things up for this phase of PBC on the radio.  Be sure to email me so we can alert you when our podcasts launch--peter@peterbcollins.com

Thanks to each of you who made a contribution via paypal or sending a check.  If you are able, we can still use your support to retire our debt and gear up for the next phase.  Just click on "You can help" for the PayPal link or our mailing address.

Feel free to email with your comments and suggestions about our upcoming podcasts--I've gotten a lot of good input already from smart listeners.

Thanks again for all the love and kind comments--it's like I got to read my obits while I'm still kickin'!

Talk to you soon!

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3-20-09

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

John Stauber: founded the non-profit, non-partisan Center for Media & Democracy and its news magazine PR Watch in 1993 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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”.

Danny Schechter: television producer, independent filmmaker, blogger, and media critic who writes and lectures frequently about the media in the United States and worldwide. Check out his blog at Mediachannel.org.

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 roryoconnor.org/blog

Bruce Fein: lawyer in the United States who specializes in constitution and international law. He is a pro-impeachment republican. His latest book is entitled Constitutional Peril.

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“.

Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers: is a minister in the United Church of Christ and a Professor of Rhetoric at Oklahoma City University. He speaks about what he sees as differences between the Religious Right’s values and practices, and what he sees as a path forward.

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

Alice and Lincoln Day: first teamed up with VideoTakes, Inc. and the  American University Center for Environmental Filmmaking to produce a five-minute trailer of “Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives,” which was screened at the 2006 DC Environmental Film Festival.

Mel Goodman: is senior fellow and director of the national security program at the Center for International Policy.

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.