What does it mean when you agree with Justice Antonin Scalia? Ian Millhiser covers Justice for Think Progress. We discuss Attorney General Eric Holder’s troubles with AP and Fox News, the Supreme Court’s new ruling on police harvesting our DNA and the loonies over at the NRA. Plus new music from Will Ryan and The Cactus County Cowboys. Also Paul Dooley and Hal Lublin.
We bid adieu to Michele Bachmann with Paul Dooley, Carlos Alazraqui, Kevin Rooney, Frank Conniff, Jeremy S. Kramer and Stefane Zamorano. Portions of today’s program are written by Frank Conniff, David Weiss and David Feldman. Then Andy Kroll who covers dark money for Mother Jones magazine tells us about his latest expose on Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg. Andy has reported on a number of subjects, including the foreclosure crisis, financial bailouts, Congress, the 2008 and 2010 elections, and the environment. The Columbia Journalism Review said his investigation into the seamy underworld of foreclosure mills was a “must read” and “a great piece of muckracking journalism.” In 2010, he was awarded an environmental journalism fellowship from Middlebury College to report from China and dig up the truth behind the green marketing for companies like Wal-Mart and Target. Andy’s work has also appeared in The Detroit News, Salon, AlterNet, and CNN.com, and he’s been awarded a grant from the The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund. He’s also an associate editor for TomDispatch.com, and in his free time, he writes about the sport he loves most — soccer — for SportsIllustrated.com and The Wall Street Journal.
David Corn is Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones Magazine. He fills us in on the latest “scandals” plaguing the Obama administration. Corn has broken stories on presidents, politicians, and other Washington players. He’s written for numerous publications and is a talk show regular. His best-selling books include Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War. We are also joined by our movie critic Michael Snyder.
Mac McClelland is the human rights reporter for Mother Jones magazine. Her cover story for Mother Jones this month is entitled, “Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin.” Mac McClelland is an award-winning journalist and author of For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question: A Story From Burma’s Never-Ending War. She’s reported in every region in the US, undercover in industry and sex work, and from international locations including Thailand, Haiti, Australia, Burma, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Bhutan. She’s appeared on major national and international media outlets such as MSNBC, PBS, NPR, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now, the BBC, CBC, and Deutsche Welle.
Mac has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Hillman Foundation, the Online News Association, and the Society of Environmental Journalists; her book was a finalist for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and she’s been nominated for two National Magazine Awards for Feature Writing. You can find her work anthologized in the Best American Magazine Writing, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011, and Best Business Writing. Her writing has been written about by most major news organizations, from TIME to the New York Times, and her features translated and reprinted around the world.
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Mother Jones Columnist Tom Philpott talks to us about about Monsanto, GMOs, Organic Farming and why our food is killing us. For five years, Tom Philpott served as a columnist, food editor, and senior food writer for the online environmental site Grist. He’s a cofounder of Maverick Farms, a center for sustainable food education in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Before moving to the farm in 2004, Philpott worked as a financial journalist in Mexico City and New York, most recently writing daily dispatches on the stock market as equity research editor for Reuters.com. His work on food politics has appeared in Newsweek, Gastronomica, and The Guardian. Maverick Farms has been featured in Gourmet and the New York Times, and in September 2008, Food & Wine named Philpott one of “ten innovators” who “will continue to shape the culinary consciousness of our country for the next 30 years.” In 2011, he was a finalist for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award—the “Oscars of the food world,” as Time put it—in the “Food-Related Columns and Commentary” category.
Frank Conniff returns from New York with silk and spices from the East along with Laura House. Also a conversation with the host of Best Of The Left’s Jay Tomlinson.