Ralph talks to Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First about how to fight shady development deals in your community and along the way Steve and David find out that the New York Stock Exchange is actually a non-profit organization. Ralph also gives his review of the president’s State of the Union address, and we answer more listener questions.
Ralph talks to Dr. Charles Blatt of the Lown Cardiovascular Clinic about their philosophy of “doing more for patients and less to patients.” We talk about the emerging trend of “professional cuddlers.” Ralph gives his view of the latest consumer electronics show in Vegas, and David has a surprising take on the tragic events in Paris.
We speak to legendary legal thinker, Edgar Cahn, who explains how we can make the world a better place through a concept called “Time Banking.” We also discuss the terrible pass interference non-call in the Cowboys/Lions game, the legacy of the late Mario Cuomo and answer more listener questions.
Environmental activist extraordinaire, Walter Hang, tells us the inspiring story of how a highly organized grassroots movement led to Governor Cuomo signing a bill to prohibit fracking in New York State. Ralph also tells us about the letter he sent to the President, and we discuss our Holiday reading.
Law Professor Rena Steinzor talks to Ralph about her new book, Why Not Jail? which makes the case for treating corporate criminal like we treat street criminals. We discuss the new opening up to Cuba and Ralph tells us about some of his personal encounters with Fidel Castro.
Ralph talks to advocate and writer, David Halperin, about how for profit colleges are ripping you off. We also discuss the Senate report on torture, the demonstrations on police brutality, and the congressional omnibus spending bill that is loaded with a lot of corporate goodies.
Our guest, Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers’ Union, tells us how the forces of privatization are trying to cripple the Post Office, and what we can do about it. We discuss the latest report on how drone attacks are actually losing us the “war on terror.” And Ralph explains why he has never owned a credit card.