BTS 11/13/09: Obama's Asia Trip; Meltdown: End of the Age of Greed; The Postmodern Prince

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Tonight we'll be featuring 2 classic interviews from Suzi Weissman. Suzi speaks with Paul Mason, author of Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed, who had a ringside seat at last year's economic meltdown and tells the blow-by-blow story of the crash which brought the global economy to its knees, undermining three decades of neoliberal orthodoxy. Paul says the neoliberal era is over - and has a few suggestions about what kind of capitalism could emerge from its ruins.

Then, we'll feature Suzi's interview with John Sanbonmatsu, author of the book The Postmodern Prince. Suzi and Jon 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. This interview is especially relevant now, as the Left finds itself at a critical juncture and struggles to move ahead in a time of multiple crises: of social services such as health care and education, economic depression, war and climate change.

But first, today's news: Obama met today with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on the first stop of his nine-day tour of East Asia, a region of immense geopolitical, economic, and strategic importance to the world and particularly to the United States. Producer Meleiza Figueroa and Interim Program Director Alan Minsky speak with Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Joseph Gerson is director of programs of the American Friends Service Committee in New England. He is the author of Empire and the Bomb (Pluto).

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.

3. John Sanbonmatsu is assistant professor of Philosophy and Religion at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.

4. Carl Boggs is professor of social sciences and film studies at National University in Los Angeles. He is the author of numerous books on social theory, European politics, and American politics, including the anthology Masters of War (Routledge, 2003) and Imperial Delusions: American Militarism and Endless War (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). Most recently he is the author (with Tom Pollard) of The Hollywood War Machine: Militarism in American Popular Culture.