Ralph dissects how your boss makes 500 times more than you do with Steven Clifford, author of The CEO Pay Machine: How it Trashes America and How to Stop It. And the President of the progressive Amalgamated Bank, Ken Mestrich, joins us to discuss why small banks like his are where you should putting your money. Plus, David, Steve and Ralph talk about the late great comedian, Dick Gregory.
In a busy show, tax expert and Trumpologist, David Cay Johnston joins us to discuss the President-elect’s fitness for office, the “Deal Professor” Steven Davidoff Solomon unveils corporate shenanigans in Silicon Valley, and ocean conservationist, David Helvarg, tells us how Marco Rubio and Rick Scott deny climate change while their state of Florida sinks.
Activist Winona LaDuke gives her first person account of how the “water protectors” fended off the oil company over the Dakota Access Pipeline. And Ralph offers a plan to help Marine families, gain justice with Mike Magner, author of A Trust Betrayed: The Untold Story of Camp Lejeune and the Poisoning of Generations of Marines and Their Families.
Ralph previews the second Breaking Through Power conference, the Super Bowl of Civic Action, with tax expert, Jon Fox, public banking advocate Ellen Brown, community cooperative founder and funder David J. Thompson, and star litigator, Shanin Specter.
We check in with George Farah, who reveals the “Secrets of the Tomb,” otherwise known as the Commission on Presidential Debates. And the Mathbabe, Cathy O’Neil, drops in to discuss how numbers can crunch us with her book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.
Ralph talks to the President of Public Citizen, Robert Weissman, about that organization’s storied history fighting and winning against the perfidies of corporate power. And in our listener question segment, Ralph defends his position on autonomous cars and talks about what he might do differently if he had it to do all over again.
Ralph talks to professor Charles Derber about how corporate capitalism has turned America into a “bully nation.” And nineteen year old Nicholas Mokhiber shares with us his adventure hiking the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail.