BTS 5/14/10: BP Oil Volcano; UK Economy/Politics; 36th District Elections; Student Struggle

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On tonight’s program we begin with Dr. Joseph Romm, physicist and climate expert, on his analysis of BP's "Oil Volcano" now spewing about two Exxon Valdez's per week. As Congress begins its investigation and a climate change bill hits the Senate, we'll ask Romm about the ecological and political implications of this disaster.

We then turn to Gary Younge, New York Correspondent for The Guardian who says Britain is bracing for the shocks to come as the new coalition government prepares draconian cuts that could kill the economy. Will the population resist the cuts? Did they vote against the Blair/Brown neoliberal-Labourism or for cuts in their living standards?

Then Marcy Winograd updates us on her important run against Blue Dog Jane Harman in the 36th Congressional District that runs from Venice to San Pedro. She has all the progressive endorsements - will it be enough against Jane Harman's deep pockets?

And finally on tonight’s Beneath The Surface, we talk to three students from the coalition "Our Struggle is Tied With Yours" at Saint Mary's College of California that just staged a week long fast, sleeping in tents outside in the rain -- a call to action demanding the college to live up to its the social justice mission. They won all their demands and their struggle is an example now spreading to other campuses.

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1. Dr. Joseph Romm is the editor of Climate Progress and a Senior Fellow at the America Progress. In 2009, Rolling Stone named Romm one of “The 100 “people who are reinventing America” calling him “America’s fiercest climate-change activist-blogger. Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, called Romm "a physicist and climate expert who writes the indispensable blog" He is author of Hell and High Water: Global Warming—The Solution and The Politics (William Morrow, January 2007). He holds a Ph.D. in physics from MIT and researched his thesis on physical oceanography at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

2. Gary Younge is a columnist and feature writer for the Guardian, and formerly it’s New York Correspondent. He is the Alfred Knobler Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. His most recent book is Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States (New Press), and No Place Like Home: A Briton’s Journey Through The Deep South (Mississippi) published in 1999. He is also a contributor to The Notion.

3. Marcy Winograd is running to unseat Jane Harman in the 36th congressional district. She is a community activist and co-founder of the LA Chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America. She first challenged Harman in 2006, getting over 36% of the vote in the primary election.

4. "Our Struggle is Tied to Yours": Students included Randy Menjivar of La Hermandad; Jamie Baldwin of the Gay-Straight Alliance, and Brianna Ohene of the Black Student Union. The other group in the broad based coalition is Hermanas Unidas.