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Apple’s Hollow $3T Valuation

January 22nd, 2022


Ralph welcomes econ professor William Lazonick, to let us know how Apple reached its record 3 trillion-dollar valuation and how what they and other …

The Corporate Assault on Medicare

January 15th, 2022


In our ongoing campaign against the corporate assault on America’s healthcare system, Ralph welcomes Kip Sullivan of “Healthcare for All Minnesota” …

Beating the Healthcare System

January 8th, 2022


Ralph welcomes investigative journalist, Marshall Allen, author of “Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and …

Play Democracy!

January 1st, 2022


David and Steve spend the hour reviewing the past year with Ralph and discussing what needs to be done for a better 2022. Topics include a potential military threat to democracy, Joe Manchin, plutocracy, Boeing, and Big …

Inspiring Activists!

December 25th, 2021


Ralph welcomes two “doers” to the program, first Devin De Wulf, to tell us about how he and his group of community activists are protecting the food …

Power to the People!

December 18th, 2021


In a special webinar version of the program, Ralph discusses with our guest, Richard Panchyk, author of “Power to the People!: A Young People’s Guide to Fighting for Our Rights as Citizens and Consumers” how one person …

Boeing: Murder Incorporated

December 11th, 2021


Ralph welcomes investigative journalist for Bloomberg, Peter Robison, to do a deep dive into his new book, “Flying Blind: The 737 MAX Tragedy And The Fall Of Boeing” and poses the question, “Did Boeing get away with …

Did The Sacklers Get Away With It?

December 4th, 2021


Author and addiction advocate, Ryan Hampton, joins us to talk about his experience trying to hold Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family accountable …

Overcoming Corporate Rule: A Success Story

November 27th, 2021


This week Maui resident, Paul Deslauriers, joins us to update us on how he and his merry band of activists were able to transform their local county …

Noam Chomsky

November 20th, 2021


Ralph spends the whole hour with the incomparable Noam Chomsky to discuss a whole raft of issues, including the climate crisis, the military budget, …

Tom Morello: Still Raging

November 13th, 2021


Tom Morello, activist, and lead guitarist of “Rage Against the Machine,” joins us to discuss the uses of music in protest, his latest album “The Atlas Underground Fire,” and his new gig writing op-eds for The New York …

Corporate Crime Pays!

November 8th, 2021


Law professor Mihailis Diamantis joins us for a lively discussion about why corporations get away with murder – or at least manslaughter – and what systemic changes need to be made to bring corporate criminals to …

Another Way to Help Save Life on Earth

October 30th, 2021


Ralph welcomes Miranda Massie, director of the Climate Museum, an institution focused on the intersection of art, climate science, justice, and …

Randall Kennedy on Race: “Say It Loud!”

October 23rd, 2021


Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law professor and author of a collection of essays entitled “Say It Loud! On Race, Law, History, and Culture” joins us for …

Two Soldiers’ View of War

October 16th, 2021


Ralph interviews two recent military veterans. First, Erik Edstrom, author of “Un-American: A Soldier’s Reckoning of Our Longest War” tells us about …

Humane War?

October 9th, 2021


Constitutional scholar Bruce Fein joins forces with Ralph as we devote the entire radio hour to discussing war powers in the United States with Yale …

Strip Mining Democracy

October 2nd, 2021


On today’s program, we look at two ways that corporate lobbies and their political allies subvert democracy: “gerrymandering” and “preemption.” …

Mass Torts/Politics & the Media

September 25th, 2021


Ralph welcomes Professor Elizabeth Burch to talk about her work researching how a certain mechanism in the civil justice system called Multi-District …

Dirty Work

September 18th, 2021


Ralph spends the whole hour with Eyal Press, author of “Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and The Hidden Toll of Inequality in America,” where they discuss …

Why Do We Still Have The Electoral College?

September 11th, 2021


Ralph welcomes Harvard history professor, Alex Keyssar, scholar of voting rights and author of “Why Do We Still Have The Electoral College?” to …

Wilkerson on Afghanistan

September 4th, 2021


Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, gives us his thoroughly unvarnished take on the history of our twenty-year debacle …

The Remaking of American Liberalism/Nairn on Afghanistan

August 28th, 2021


In a fascinating interview, where the historian gets questioned by one of the main subjects of his history, Ralph welcomes professor Paul Sabin to …

Feeding Local Economies/Starving the IRS

August 21st, 2021

Ralph welcomes Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance to talk about how enforcing anti-trust laws would lead to more …

Eugenics/Wuhan Lab Leak?/Donzinger Update

August 14th, 2021


Andrew Kimbrell, director of the International Center for Technology Assessment, joins us to talk about his documentary “A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, …

The Bible of Talk Radio/Ralph on Assange

August 7th, 2021


Ralph has a lively back and forth about the state of talk radio with the publisher and editor of “Talkers” magazine, Michael Harrison. Plus, Ralph …

Cancel Student Debt Now!

July 31st, 2021


We discuss the student debt crisis with Anthony Fiorentino, attorney and advocate featured along with Ralph in the documentary series “Scared to Debt: America’s Student Loan Scam.” And Consumer Federation of America’s …

Third Leading Cause of Death

July 24th, 2021


Ralph welcomes Michael Saks and Stephan Landsman, authors of “Closing Death’s Door: Legal Innovations to End the Epidemic of Healthcare Harm” about what can be done about the third leading cause of death in America, …

The United States of War

July 17th, 2021


Ralph spends a lively hour with David Vine, Professor of Anthropology at American University, discussing his book “The United States of War: A Global …

Citizen Driven Foreign Policy/Zero Waste

July 10th, 2021


Ralph welcomes Bill Crosier of the Foreign Policy Alliance to discuss how to turn US foreign policy away from intervention and toward diplomacy, law, …

Medical-Industrial Complex/Whirlwind Wheelchair

July 3rd, 2021


Ralph discusses the healthcare crisis and what to do about it with medical expert, Dr. John Geyman, based on his latest book “America’s Mighty …

Outsourcing Activism/Truck Safety

June 26th, 2021


Why do Democrats have so much trouble turning activist energy into electoral success? That’s the question Ralph asks sociology professor Dana Fisher, …

Dennis Kucinich/Wealth Hoarding/Wind Farm at Standing Rock

June 19th, 2021


In a fast-paced hour, Ralph welcomes progressive champion Dennis Kucinich to talk about his adventures taking on the corporate establishment as the youngest mayor of Cleveland as described in his book “The Division of …

Be a Smart News Consumer

June 12th, 2021


Ralph welcomes Allan C. Miller, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter and the founder and CEO of the non-partisan News Literacy Project to …

Good Corporate Citizen/The Power of Youth

June 5th, 2021


Ralph welcomes good corporate citizen, Gero Leson, to discuss his book “Honor Thy Label: Dr. Bronner’s Unconventional Journey to a Clean, Green and Ethical Supply Chain.” And progressive wunderkind, Calla Walsh, tells …

The Carbohydrate Economy!

May 29th, 2021


Ralph welcomes old friend, former running mate, and now hemp farmer, Winona LaDuke as well as filmmaker Michael Henning to talk about how industrial …

Can the Market Save the Planet?/Long Haul Heroes

May 22nd, 2021


Ralph welcomes the Washington Post’s Steven Mufson to point out how some corporations are finally making efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. And author, Pete Davis, joins us to talk about his new book, “Dedicated: The …

Fair Taxes/Violence in Gaza

May 15th, 2021


Ralph welcomes former IRS commissioner, John Koskinen, to tell us what must be done to create a fairer tax system. And Professor Rashid Khalidi joins …

Winning and Losing in One-Click America

May 8th, 2021


Ralph welcomes journalist, Alec MacGillis, author of “Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America” about how Amazon continues to suck the …

We Need a New Fairness Doctrine

May 1st, 2021


Ralph welcomes back MIT professor, Nicholas Ashford, who to stem the tide of lies and misinformation amplified by broadcast media, pitches a new …

The First Amendment vs Cancel Culture

April 24th, 2021


We are joined by journalist and president of Harper’s, John R. “Rick” MacArthur, for a lively and sometimes contentious discussion about the First …

The War Crimes of George W. Bush

April 17th, 2021


Author, Steven Markoff, joins us to discuss his book “The Case Against George W. Bush,” where he dispassionately lays out the three major war crimes the former president committed by invading Iraq. Plus, David, …

Don’t Mess With Mesh/Evidence-Based Voting

April 10th, 2021


Ralph welcomes investigative journalist, Trudy Lieberman, who warns us to stay away from the synthetic mesh for hernia repair and statistician, Phillip Stark, who explains how we can restore trust in our voting systems. …

Corporatism is Systemic Racism

April 3rd, 2021


Professor and MSNBC commentator, Michael Eric Dyson, joins Ralph to discuss racism, corporatism, cancel culture, and how best to take action against …

Corporate Prisoner

March 27th, 2021


Ralph speaks to human rights lawyer, Steven Donziger, who represented the indigenous people of Ecuador and won a multi-billion dollar judgement …

Desperately Seeking Subsidies

March 20th, 2021


In a fast-paced show, Ralph welcomes back former Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner, Peter Bradford to update us on the 10th anniversary of the nuclear …

Is This Land Really Our Land?

March 13th, 2021


Ralph spends the entire Radio Hour with Simon Winchester, author of “Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World.” Find out that it’s better when Mother Nature makes the boundaries with mountains, rivers, …

“It Ain’t So, Joe!”

March 6th, 2021


This week, Ralph welcomes union activist and director of the Nurses Professional Organization, Kay Tillow, who tells us how those ads Joe Namath does shilling for Medicare (dis)Advantage are misleading you. And citizen …

Protecting Your Finances

February 27th, 2021


Ralph welcomes the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, to talk about how this important agency - created in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown and moribund in the Trump years - …

Why So Little Progressive Radio?

February 20th, 2021


We go radio gaga as Ralph welcomes iconic progressive radio host, Thom Hartmann, back to the program to discuss what it will take to hear more progressive voices on talk radio to counter the overwhelming influence of …

“Tax The Rich” Redux

February 13th, 2021


Ralph welcomes Erica Payne, founder of “Patriotic Millionaires” and co-author of the upcoming book “Tax the Rich” to talk about how wealthy people need to realize that the real price of their numerous tax cuts is more …

Perverted Pardons and Private Prisons

February 6th, 2021


In a show jam-packed with great information and provocative discussion, Ralph welcomes constitutional scholar, Bruce Fein, to update us on …

Killer Air Bags

January 30th, 2021


Ralph welcomes Jerry Cox, author of “Killer Air Bags: The Deadly Secret Automakers Don’t Want You to Know,” his insider account of how the Takata company made airbags that were essentially equipped with pipe bombs of …

Cleaning Up Trump’s Mess

January 23rd, 2021


Ralph welcomes back Professor Adolph Reed to talk about whether Biden’s racially and gender diverse cabinet will actually translate into a real shift …

Crime Stoppers!/Pay Equity

January 16th, 2021


Ralph talks true crime (the corporate variety) and how to stop it with Professor John C. Coffee, author of “Corporate Crime and Punishment: The Crisis of Underenforcement.” Then SF Supervisor, Matt Haney, joins us to …

Now That The Dems Control Congress…

January 9th, 2021


We caught up with Connecticut Congressman, John Larson, just moments before he walked to the Capitol for the Electoral College certification that …

Power of the Commons/2020 Highlights

January 2nd, 2021


Ralph welcomes back former Nader’s Raider, David Bollier to update us on his latest work protecting and appreciating what we possess together as a …

Police Misconduct/OSHA Turns 50!

December 26th, 2020


Ralph welcomes firebrand attorney, Jason Kafoury, who helped pass a referendum in Portland, Oregon to create a commission of civilian volunteers who …

How To Save 4.2 Million Lives

December 19th, 2020


On the 55th anniversary of the publication of Ralph’s landmark auto safety book, we welcome fellow traveler, Joan Claybrook, who has authored a report not only to celebrate the 4.2 million lives that have been saved in …

Georgia On My Mind

December 12th, 2020


With the Senate run-off election in Georgia close at hand, Ralph speaks to political psychologist and author of “The Political Brain,” Drew Westen, …

Do The Right Thing!

December 5th, 2020


Why is it so hard for people to do the right thing? Ralph spends the entire hour with Amherst professor of psychology, Dr. Catherine Sanderson, …

Salt Wars/Medicare Scams

November 28th, 2020


Ralph welcomes the author of “Salt Wars,” Dr. Michael Jacobson, who explains how the food industry and a small group of scientists keep fighting government efforts to reduce dangerous levels of sodium in our food. Plus, …

Gerrymandering Victory! Ax the Max!

November 21st, 2020


Young activist, Katie Fahey tells us the inspiring story of how she was able to organize a left/right coalition to end gerrymandering in her home …

Lame Ducks and Musical Whales

November 14th, 2020


Ralph spends a brief time talking about the dangers presented by Donald Trump during this lame duck period. But then we pivot away from the tumult of …

Why Was It So Effing Close?

November 7th, 2020


David Dayen, executive editor of The American Prospect, joins Ralph to give us his insights into why the Democrats did not landslide the Republican Party of Donald Trump. And attorney Leonard Goodman of the Chicago …

Traitors to Their Class

October 31st, 2020


Ralph welcomes Morris Pearl, chairman if Patriotic Millionaires, an organization of high-net worth Americans, business leaders, and investors …

Voter Purging/Biden-Trump Ad Wars

October 24th, 2020


Voting rights advocate, Greg Palast, returns to give us the latest on Republican efforts to purge the voter rolls of people of color. And ad guru, …

Appeasement or Revolution?

October 17th, 2020


Historian, Paul Street, joins us to discuss how the Democrats seeded the ground for the rise of Trump in his new book, “Hollow Resistance: Obama, …

Re-Targeting Iran/Political Satire

October 10th, 2020


Ralph welcomes Alternative Radio’s, David Barsamian, who presents the perspectives of leading scholars of the Middle East on the ongoing turbulent …

Rx For Surviving Trump/Avoiding Amazon

October 3rd, 2020


Ralph welcomes back psychiatrist, Dr. Bandy Lee, for an update on Donald Trump’s pathology and a prescription for surviving it. And Tarek Milleron …

Presidential Debates/Reforming the Electoral College

September 26th, 2020


Ralph welcomes George Farah, author of “No Debate,” who tells us how the Commission on Presidential Debates with its secret contracts and secret sponsorships is not the non-partisan organization it appears. And board …

How the Right is Shredding the Vote

September 19th, 2020


Populism is the theme when America’s #1 populist, Jim Hightower, joins Ralph to outline the six ways the right is trying to shred our vote this …

Race Versus Class

September 12th, 2020


Distinguished professor of political science, Adolph Reed, joins Ralph to talk about the problem with emphasizing race over class in building …

Trump Crimes/Industrial Strength Denial

September 5th, 2020


First, Ralph welcomes back David Cay Johnston to give us the latest update on Donald Trump’s ongoing criminal activity. Then, environmental lawyer and author, Barbara Freese, joins us to talk about corporate …

Positive Peer Pressure/The Covid Testing Solution

August 29th, 2020


Ralph speaks to behavioral economist, Robert H. Frank, about another kind of contagion, the good kind: peer pressure - and the ways peer pressure can …

Why You Should Be A Socialist

August 22nd, 2020


Not driving as much? Find out how you can get money back from your auto insurance company as Ralph welcomes Insurance Director of the Consumer …

What Happened to the Climate Crisis?

August 15th, 2020


Ralph welcomes the editor and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, Kyle Pope, to talk about how the press is covering – and not covering – …

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

August 8th, 2020


Ralph welcomes Nicholas Carr, author of “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” who argues that despite it being a vast storehouse …

Young Activists/Can Trump Steal 2020?

August 1st, 2020


Ralph welcomes civics educator and author, Barbara Lewis, who tells how best to teach kids how to be effective activists in their communities. Then, investigative reporter, Greg Palast, joins us to outline how we can …

Deconstructing Biden’s Ads

July 25th, 2020


Amidst a general discussion of this year’s presidential race, political ad guru Bill Hillsman deconstructs four Joe Biden ads and one Trump ad for …

Did Covid-19 Come From a Lab?

July 18th, 2020


Ralph welcomes back Andrew Kimbrell, founder of the Center for Food Safety, to discuss the dangers of genetically engineered viruses and the possibility that COVID-19 escaped from a lab. And Dr. Michael Carome, director …

Frank Luntz

July 11th, 2020


Ralph, David, and Steve invite Republican pollster, Frank Luntz, coiner of the terms “climate change” and “clean coal,” for a freewheeling …

How To Fix Our Broken Democracy

July 4th, 2020


Ralph welcomes Daniel Newman, author of the intriguing and accessible non-fiction graphic novel “Unrig: How To Fix Our Broken Democracy,” about how private “wealth hoarders” work to weaken government and what you can do …

Does Non-Violent Protest Work?

June 27th, 2020


Ralph reflects on the current unrest in the streets with Professor Michael G. Long, author of “We the Resistance: Documenting a History of Nonviolent …

The Myth of the Warrior Cop

June 20th, 2020


Ralph welcomes back Glen Ford from Black Agenda Report to discuss the ongoing protests over police brutality and the myth of the “warrior cop.” Then …

What’s Wrong With the Biden’s Election Strategy?

June 13th, 2020


Ralph welcomes “the world’s greatest political adman,” Bill Hillsman, to discuss what Joe Biden and the Democrats need to do to beat Trump. And Susan …

Will We Be Able To Vote?

June 6th, 2020


Ari Berman, author of “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America” joins Ralph to discuss what needs to happen for Americans to be able to vote this November. Plus, Ralph talks about George …

Aid to Yemen/Trump Above the Law?

May 30th, 2020


Ralph talks to Hassan El-Tayyab, from the Friends Committee on National Legislation, about how the US urgently needs to resume food and medical aid to Yemen in order to avert an even more serious humanitarian tragedy. …

The Tax Break Industrial Complex

May 23rd, 2020


Ralph talks about how ending corporate tax giveaways and enacting a stock transfer tax can help the country recover from the recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic with first Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First and then …

Trump Death Clock/Saving the Post Office

May 16th, 2020


Award-winning filmmaker, Eugene Jarecki, joins Ralph to talk about the electronic billboard he put up in New York’s Times Square, the “Trump Death Clock.” And Mark Dimondstein, head of the American Postal Workers Union, …

Crooked Prosecutors/AWOL Congress

May 9th, 2020


Former Governor of Alabama, Don Siegelman, who was convicted on dubious corruption charges and spent five years in prison joins us to talk about his chronicle of those events in his book “Stealing Democracy: How the …

Dr. Michael Osterholm on Covid-19

May 2nd, 2020


Infectious disease expert, Dr. Michael Osterholm, comes back to update us on the latest in the battle against Covid-19. And Naila Bolus, president …

Earth Day Turns Fifty!

April 25th, 2020


On the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, Ralph welcomes environmental historian, Adam Rome, author of “The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach- In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation.” And the Green Cowboy, …

Nurses on the Front Lines/Captain Bligh

April 18th, 2020


Jean Ross, president of the largest nurses’ union in the country, National Nurses United, joins Ralph to talk about how healthcare workers are not being protected from Covid-19. And Yale psychiatrist, Dr. Bandy Lee, …

Big Tech, Bernie, and Benevolent Landlords

April 11th, 2020


Scholar and Bernie Sanders surrogate, Ramesh Srinivasan, joins us to talk about the need to regulate big tech while also sharing his thoughts about …

Presidential Election Crisis

April 4th, 2020


Ralph welcomes Constitutional scholar Alan Hirsch to talk about how best - amid a pandemic - we can still conduct a legitimate presidential election. …

Drugs in a Pandemic

March 28th, 2020


Ralph talks drugs with two experts, first Katherine Eban about how we can expect the coronavirus pandemic to affect the supply chain for every drug we import. And Jamie Love about how the government needs to keep …

Trump’s Lawsuits/Coronavirus Update

March 21st, 2020


Ralph speaks to James Zirin, former prosecutor and author of “Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3500 Lawsuits,” which chronicles how Trump throughout his life has weaponized the court system to his …

The End of Oil/Sanders vs. Biden

March 14th, 2020


Legendary water protector, Winona LaDuke, joins Ralph to talk about her vision for replacing the oil economy. And national correspondent for The …

Voter Suppression

March 7th, 2020


Ralph invites filmmaker, Robert Greenwald, to talk about his new film, “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote,” about all the creative ways Republicans use …

Lying About Science

February 29th, 2020


Ralph talks to the former head of OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, about how corporations pay scientists to do studies that deceive the public, chronicled in his book, “The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of …

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