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BTS 2/12/07: The Occupation Project; Hannah Arendt

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On tonight’s BTS we begin with Marcy Winograd, live from Congressman Adam Schiff’s office – where activists are occupying the office to demand Schiff stop funding the Iraq occupation.

Hannah Arendt was alarmed in the 1970s by the government-lying bureaucrats who denied or lied away facts that did not fit their theories; they made scientific-sounding assertions which they then tried to impose on reality, enacting their theories as if they were a script. She called these bureaucrats ‘theoriocrats.’ We talk to Hannah Arendt’s biographer Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, whose new book Why Arendt Matters was published in time for the Arendt centenary in 2006 and addresses the currency of Arendt’s ideas in our own dark times.

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BTS 2/5/07: The Follies of Empire

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On tonight’s Beneath The Surface we consider the follies of empire with Chalmers Johnson, whose new book Nemesis, the last in his Blowback trilogy, hits the bookstands tomorrow. If you are watching the miniseries "Rome" these days, you’ll get an idea of what Johnson says is in store for us if we don’t forsake empire for democracy.

We then ask Dariush Zahedi to lay out the further folly of invading or striking Iran – which would boost Ahmadinajad’s failing popularity and play into the hands of the reactionary Mullahs.

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BTS 1/29/07: Escalating Violence in Iraq; Global Climate Change; Libby Trial

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On tonight’s program we look at the escalating violence in Iraq and the militias behind it with journalist Dahr Jamail.

We then turn to the dire climate forecast: a report about to be issued in Paris warns of rising sea levels and higher temperatures, and it comes from the IPPC, the equivalent of the supreme court of climatologists. Have we reached a tipping point? Renowned physicist and energy technology expert Joseph Romm joins us.

And finally on tonight’s Beneath The Surface, the Scooter Libby trial is riveting Washington these days, and David Corn is covering it. We’ll ask him if any pink slips in the White House are likely to be its result.

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BTS 1/22/07: Bush's State of the Union; Sultans of Satire

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Tonight we preview President Bush’s State of the Union address with deeper analysis and a little humor. Given the failure of Bush’s ‘surge’ escalation policy to catch fire, the President will concentrate (we are told) on pressing domestic issues: healthcare, energy policy and immigration. William Greider, who has written widely on the end of the conservative era and the fizzling of monetarism, joins us to dissect the essential content of his policy proposals.

Then, William Hartung, expert on arms trade and military spending, and part time comic, adds further insight into Bush’s program pronouncements.

And then we turn to the Middle East this time with wit, humor and the hopes of dialogue. Jordan Elgrably, Gulden and Peter Shahriari join us.

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BTS 1/15/07: Racism in America; Bush's "Surge" Strategy

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It is Martin Luther King Day – the one official day the country sets aside to honor the legacy of Dr. King. Today we do so by going ‘beneath the surface’ looking at the same conditions of race, class and war that propelled Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement he led. Manning Marable joins us – and he says the color blind racism of today is one that racializes justice and disenfranchises lives.

Turning to the war in Iraq, we talk to Gilbert Achcar in Paris about President Bush’s surge strategy, and Gilbert assesses its implications for the broader instability in the region.

As we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King today we honor the music of Alice Coltrane, who died on January 12th at the age of 69. She was the widow of John Coltrane and herself a pianist, organist and made ground-breaking contributions introducing the harp into jazz. Alice Coltrane was a radical humanist and a friend of KPFK whose voice was heard here over the years.

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BTS 1/8/07: Escalation in Iraq; 10 Steps for Dems in Congress; Russia - 15 Years After Collapse

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We begin tonight’s program with the proposed escalation of the war in Iraq, following on the heels of the botched execution of Saddam Hussein – in which it appears the US delivered a secular tyrant to the religious tyrants we now support in the messy civil war. Tom Hayden sees it as the beginning of the 2008 Presidential campaign and joins us to explain.

We then look at the Dems in charge of Congress – Jonathan Tasini joins us with his ten-step program he hopes they adopt.

And finally on tonight’s BTS we turn to Russia, now 15 years since the collapse and look at its increasing repression, assassinations and ask whether Putin has failed and is simply trying to halt the further disintegration. Hillel Ticktin joins us.

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BTS 12/18/06: Guest Host Terrence McNally with Richard Dawkins

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On tonight's Beneath the Surface our guest host Terrence McNally talks with Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist and best-selling author of several books. Tonight's conversation will be on his newest book, The God Delusion.

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BTS 12/11/06: The Middle East in Crisis

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Tonight we are joined by Hisham Ahmed on a "sort of Cook's tour" of America's disaster and the continuing crisis in the Middle East. They cover not only Jimmy Carter's new book, Peace Not Apartheid, but relates the political complexities of the crisis around Palestine to the collapse of the Bush regime's Iraq adventure and the crisis of imperial dominion from the eastern Mediterranean virtually to the Indian subcontinent, while touching on events in Lebanon, Syria and Iran as well.

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BTS 12/4/06: Litvinenko Assassination; Marx and Melville

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On tonight’s BTS we begin with Russia – 15 years after the collapse of the USSR the Russian economy is growing, albeit unevenly, Putin is popular even though he has cracked down on democracy, yet his vocal opponents are being killed, exiled or imprisoned in a way reminiscent of the dark days of the Cold War. Stephen Cohen joins us to look beneath the surface at the Litvinenko affair and Russia today.

In the last half of the hour we have an extended conversation with Loren Goldner, author of a new book on Herman Melville which looks at Melville’s parallels with Marx.

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