Beneath The Surface with Suzi Weissman airs every Friday on KPFK Pacifica Radio from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Tune in at 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara, and worldwide on KPFK.ORG. You can listen to archived shows online on the KPFK website.

This show is also available as a podcast! Please click on the button below and copy the URL to add Beneath the Surface to your favorite Podcasting program:

*NEW!* BTS with Suzi Weissman is now on Facebook! If you have a Facebook account, you can become a Fan of Beneath the Surface with Suzi Weissman and receive updates on upcoming shows, links to articles discussed on the program, and more.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /mnt/ad3/usr/local/www-domains/suziweissman.com/public/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /mnt/ad3/usr/local/www-domains/suziweissman.com/public/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /mnt/ad3/usr/local/www-domains/suziweissman.com/public/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /mnt/ad3/usr/local/www-domains/suziweissman.com/public/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /mnt/ad3/usr/local/www-domains/suziweissman.com/public/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /mnt/ad3/usr/local/www-domains/suziweissman.com/public/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.

BTS 5/14/07: Journalism, War, Religion, and Politics; The War At Home

Listen: Play - Download

On tonight’s Beneath The Surface we begin with an extended conversation with Robert Scheer about religion and politics, the war in Iraq, the presidential campaign and much more.

Then, Jack Rasmus joins us to talk about his book The War At Home: The Corporate Offensive from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush – a chronicle and analysis of the dismantling of the New Deal under the rubric of restructuring and its impact on working and middle class Americans.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

BTS 5/7/07: French Elections; SNP in Scotland; May Day Police Violence

Listen: Play - Download

On tonight’s BTS we begin with the crisis in the LAPD. Outnumbering protestors 15-1, the police in riot gear violently dispersed the legal rally on May Day, shooting foam bullets into the crowd, beating media members and protestors alike. Joe Domanick, expert on the LAPD and Senior Fellow in criminal justice at the USC Annenberg Institute joins us, back on KPFK.

We then turn to elections in Europe – the French in a massive voter turn out elected the conservative Nicolas Sarkozy with 53% to Segolene Royal’s 45%; and in Scotland the Scottish nationalists unseated Scottish labor – and – the main issue was Labor’s support for Bush and Blair’s war in Iraq. We talk to Hillel Ticktin in Scotland, and then Sebastian Budgen looks at the meaning of the French result.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

BTS 4/30/07: Dems and Impeachment; Yeltsin's Legacy; May Day demos

Listen: Play - Download

Tomorrow is May Day, celebrated around the world as the international day of labor. It is also the first anniversary of the gigantic and historic demonstrations around the country that demonstrated the power and weight of immigrants to our economy and society. We'll talk to Gustavo Arellano at the end of the hour about this anniversary, the demonstrations tomorrow, and the publication of his book Ask a Mexican.

First, we'll talk to Marcy Winograd, fresh from the California Democratic Party Convention, about the impeachment resolution they passed, and so much more.

In the middle of the hour, we'll talk to Nation editor Katrina Vanden Heuvel and Boris Kagarlitsky in Moscow about the legacy of Boris Yeltsin, who died last week.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

BTS 4/16/07: French Elections; Cyber-Harrassment; Tax Day

Listen: Play - Download

**Due to inclement weather and related travel problems, Suzi Weissman was unable to host the show this week. Producer Alan Minsky and associate producer Meleiza Figueroa co-hosted the show in her absence.

In the first segment of the show Alan Minsky talks with veteran journalist Doug Ireland – first, talking briefly about the horrible tragedy today at Virginia Tech University where 32 people were killed by a gunman – and then discussing the Presidential Election in France, the first round of which is taking place in six days. Doug Ireland used to write for the great French radical newspaper, Liberation – and he’ll give us the lowdown on who may succeed Jacques Chirac – in what is widely viewed as one of the most important elections in Europe in recent memory.

Then Meleiza Figueroa will join Alan Minsky in studio. They talk with Jessica Valenti, executive editor of the popular website feministing.com. Ms. Valenti wrote an article recently for the Guardian of London about the epidemic of cyber-harassment. Studies show that if you identify yourself as a women on the web – there’s a good chance that misogynistic hate-speech will come your way. We talk to Ms. Valenti about the women organizing against such hate speech – and also about her very successful website which reflects the wide spread interest in feminism among young women today – a trend you wouldn’t know about from the mainstream media.

And lastly, it’s tax-day eve – every year Suzi does a segment about tax-day and per Suzi’s tradition, Alan and Meleiza look at where your taxes will be going – or rather where they won’t be going. Economist Max Sawicky will be joining us to explain that even with the Democrats in control of congress – public spending seems to be on a dead-end track in America.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

BTS 4/09/07: False Consciousness; The Postmodern Prince; Mideast Democracy

Listen: Play - Download

Suzi Weissman is out of town this week. Tonight we bring you three interviews that Suzi has done over the past few years, featuring analysis that is extraordinarily deep, insightful, and that continues to be relevant today.

We begin with an interview with Richard Lichtman, professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, and author of several books on critical theory. This interview was recorded in August 2005, on the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Then, we will play part 2 of an interview with John Sanbonmatsu, author of The Postmodern Prince. Suzi and John are joined by Carl Boggs, an expert on the cultural theories of Antonio Gramsci, and the three of them have a fascinating and revealing talk about the state of, and possibilities for, a grand Left strategy in a time of social fragmentation.

Finally, we will feature part of Suzi’s interview with renowned journalist Robert Fisk that took place last year at the time of the Danish cartoon scandal. In this interview, Fisk speaks about the realities of so-called “democracy” in the Middle East.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

BTS 4/2/07: The New SDS; Labor Movement Update; Sub-Prime Crisis

Listen: Play - Download

On this Passover eve we look at the new student movement that has formed using the historic name SDS with Christopher Phelps, who has written “The New SDS” in the April 16 issue of The Nation.

We then talk to Steve Early and Marsha Niemiejer about the split in the labor movement after two years, asking what has changed.

Finally, on tonight’s BTS we talk to veteran organizer Horace Small about the crisis of sub-prime mortgages that is causing foreclosures to skyrocket. While Congress and Bush argue whether the loan industry should be regulated, Horace Small is organizing to stop foreclosures and get relief for people. We’ll ask him what he’s doing.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

BTS 3/26/07: Scandals Galore

Listen: Play - Download

Tonight we consider scandals, local and national. We begin with the LA Times. As the paper shrinks and editors go and go – another scandal broke out last week over the guest-editorship of the Current that ended with the resignation of Andres Martinez. Meanwhile the buyout of the Times from the Chicago Trib corporation by locals is going nowhere and the next shrinkage involves merging the Sunday Book review section into the Current section ... there’s more and LAbiz Observed’s Mark Lacter will fill us in.

We then look at the fall-out of the Walter Reed scandal – which turns out to be the tip of the tip of the iceberg as Nation writers Joshua Kors and Ari Berman tell us what happens to Vets and why.

And finally on tonight’s BTS we talk to Garrett Ordower about the Loan Shark Lobby – fueling the sub-prime mortgage scandal.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

BTS 3/19/07: Guantanamo Challenges; Friendly Fire; South Africa

Listen: Play - Download

On tonight’s Beneath The Surfaces we begin with the turbulence and scandals of the judiciary creating a storm for Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez just as the confession of Khalid Sheikh Muhammed was released in the report of his military tribunal. We talk to Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represents many of the detainees at Guantanamo and are challenging the constitutionality of the Military Commissions Act in a petition to the Supreme Court.

We then turn to Giuliana Sgrena, the Italian journalist who was kidnapped in Iraq in 2005, held for 28 days, and rescued by an Italian secret-service agent who was shot and killed by U.S. forces, about her new book Friendly Fire, which recounts her experiences as a hostage as well as her insights about the occupation of Iraq.

Finally on tonight’s Beneath The Surface, we talk to Brian Ashley, South African activist about the general situation today in South Africa.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

BTS 3/12/07: Falling Wages, Exploding Debt

Listen: Play - Download

Our theme tonight is the economy.

The New York Times front page yesterday lead with a déjà vu story, warning of the looming crisis in mortgage securities, while recalling the bursting of the tech bubble. We spend the hour looking at what is happening and what’s at stake.

We begin with Richard D. Wolff on wage stagnation and growing insecurity, then talk to Nomi Prins and Max Fraad-Wolff on debt traps – personal and national; and in the last segment. film producer Danny Schechter talks to us about his latest film, In Debt We Trust.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

BTS 3/5/07: UTLA and School Board Elections; History of the Car Bomb

Listen: Play - Download

School Board elections are tomorrow and this time the March election features a major power struggle and major amounts of money (nearly 2 million) being spent for control of the five member elected board. The Mayor is going against his erstwhile colleagues and friends at the UTLA to get control over the board and how the bitterly fought school reform proceeds. Josh Pechthalt – VP of the UTLA-AFT and Joel Jordan were recently featured in the LA Times for their leadership successes at the UTLA in getting a new contract that mandates class-size reduction as well as salary increases – and they join us to talk about school reform, progressive leadership and the elections.

Later in the program we talk to Mike Davis about his forthcoming book Buda’s Wagon: A Short History of the Car Bomb, a brilliant little history of the car bomb tactic which invariably corrupts the cause it has enlisted with its collateral damage to civilians. In its more recent incarnation in the Middle East the car bomb tactic in the hands of a suicide bomber becomes an equalizer for the uprooted and the unhinged.

Read More for info on tonight's guests: