BTS 9/17/10: The Great American Stick-Up; Drones Over America; A Film Unfinished

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On tonight’s program – this Yom Kippur Eve—we talk to Robert Scheer about a subject that the government and financial sector should be atoning for – the Great American Stick Up, Scheer’s new book. It tells the political story about how Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats enriched Wall Street while Mugging Main Street (the book’s subtitle.)

We then turn to Mike Reizman, who writes about “Drones over America” in the Current Z Magazine: Reizman imagines a not too distant future with unmanned drones regularly flying over your neighborhood – and yes, they’re made in Southern California.

And finally on tonight’s program we talk to David Feldman about “A Film Unfinished,” showing extraordinary footage from an unfinished Nazi propaganda film shot in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. David Feldman compares the skilled Nazi attempt at manufacturing opinion with current attempts today, and says there is plenty to atone for this Yom Kippur.

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1. Robert Scheer, former national affairs correspondent and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, is the Editor-in-Chief of the Webby Award-winning Internet magazine Truthdig and a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Scheer also is a co-host of the syndicated weekly radio program "Left, Right and Center" on KCRW, the National Public Radio affiliate in Santa Monica, CA. He is the author, most recently, of The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America. He lives in Los Angeles.

2. Mike Reizman works as a technical writer, freelance journalist, and itinerant used bookseller. He started writing articles in 2004 because of his anger at the Bush administration, and co-authored the article "Ready, Aim, Pray!", which exposed the unusual support for the Iraq war by 2 religious right groups. He was stimulated to write his latest article, “Drones Over America”, because plans to fly unmanned aircraft in the “homeland” have drawn little media attention. It is in the current issue of Z Magazine.

3. David Feldman is an Emmy award winning American comedy writer and performer. He has written for ABC's Roseanne, HBO's Dennis Miller Live, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Marty Short, Triumph The Insult Dog Comic, Steve Martin, The Academy Awards as well as countless roasts on Comedy Central. David also appears frequently on Conan O'Brien and Craig Ferguson as well as his own specials for Comedy Central and BBC America. In 2010 David was a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing.