BTS 4/27/09: Swine Flu; Economic Meltdown; Labor and Social Justice Fair

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A unique strain of swine flu is the suspected killer of more than 100 people in Mexico. The worrisome new virus — which combines genetic material from pigs, birds and humans in a way researchers have not seen before — also sickened people in Texas and California. Confirmed or suspected cases have also been reported in Canada, Brazil, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Mike Davis, author of The Monster at our Door about Avian flu, says “The really dangerous swine wears suits.” He’ll tell us why.

Plus, Paul Mason joins us in our continuing coverage of the economic crisis. His book Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed, published by Verso today (April 27), tells the story, blow by blow, of the financial crash that destroyed investment banks and brought the global economy to its knees, undermining three decades of neo-liberal orthodoxy. He’s the Economics Editor of BBC Newsnight, so he had a ringside seat. It explains how we got here - from the shadow banking system, to subprime, to the commodities speculation that forced a billion people to go without meals in mid-2008. Paul says the neo-liberal era is over – and has a few suggestions about what kind of capitalism could emerge from its ruins.

And -- The first-ever Labor and Social Justice Fair at CSU Dominguez Hills will take place on Thursday, April 30, in prep for May Day, commemorating the martyrs of Chicago’s 1886 Haymarket Massacre, who were fighting for the eight-hour work day. We’ll talk to Mannie Lares and Vivian Price.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Mike Davis is the author of The Monster at our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu (New Press), Prisoners of the American Dream (Verso), Magical Urbanism, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, Dead Cities, Planet of Slums, and In Praise of Barbarians: Essays Against Empire. He is currently working on a book about cities, poverty, and global change.

2. Paul Mason is BBC Newsnight's Economics Editor. His book Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed was published today by Verso. His blog on the financial crisis is and he also blogs at Idle Scrawl. He is also the author of Live Working or Die Fighting, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Paul won the 2003 Wincott Award for business journalism for reports from China covering the economic and political transition there; was named Workworld Business Journalist of the Year in 2004 and won the Diageo African Business Reporting Award 2007 for his acclaimed film on how mobile phones are changing Africa.