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11/19/07: French Strike Wave; UN and War; Fox News Porn

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We begin our program tonight with a look at the strike wave in France. Transport workers are in their sixth day of a strike that is a test over President Sarkozy’s attempt to push through pension reforms – and also union strength and support. Sebastian Budgen joins us from Paris and says it isn’t only transport workers who are striking -- and this may be a showdown for Sarkozy’s Presidency.

We then turn to Jan Kavan, longtime activist and leader of the student movement during the Prague Spring in 1968. After the Velvet Revolution, Kavan became Foreign Minister and then Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. In 2002-2003 Kavan was President of the United Nation’s General Assembly when the Bush administration tried unsuccessfully to win UN support for the invasion of Iraq. We’ll ask Jan Kavan what lessons were learned from that experience and what can be done to prevent a similar scenario unfolding in the run-up to bombing Iran.

And finally, we talk to Director-Producer Robert Greenwald about his new project on Fox News porn – yes you heard that right, and it’s even too hot for YouTube.

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BTS 11/12/07: Pakistan; Writers Strike; In The Valley of Elah

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It's Day 7 for Pakistan's emergency rule - also known as martial law - and suspension of the Constitution. It's also day 7 for the writers' strike in the United States, with British writers in solidarity; and it's also Veterans' Day. We commemorate all three on tonight's Beneath the Surface.

We will not have a guest on Pakistan's segment, but we will talk a little bit about how it is that President Musharraf portrays his suspension of the Constitution as a necessary step to stabilize Pakistan and fend off Islamist terrorists, yet arrests lawyers and closes down the judicial system just as the Supreme Court was about to rule that Musharraf's reign as both President and Army Chief of Staff was unconstitutional.

Then, live in studio, I have screen and television writer Robert Eisele joining us to discuss the writers' strike. In case you haven't noticed, the Daily Show, Colbert, and Bill Maher are in reruns until it's over.

And finally, we talk to Academy Award winning writer and director Paul Haggis about his powerful new film, In the Valley of Elah - on this Veterans' Day, a film about Iraq War veterans who too often return shattered in body, mind and soul. As Peter Travers said in Rolling Stone, the film is about the humanity being sucked out of the soldiers we send there, and how that process reflects on us as a nation, and calls it essential - and we think perfect - for this Veterans' Day.

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BTS 11/05/07: MCI Worldcom Collapse; Studs Terkel

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We begin with Walter Pavlo Jr. and Neil Weinberg who talk about their new book Stolen Without a Gun, the inside story of history's biggest accounting fraud and collapse of MCI WorldCom. Their story is playing out again today in headlines about the collapsing mortgage market, taking big banks with it.

We then talk to master storyteller, legendary broadcast journalist, actor, commentator, author and gadfly Studs Terkel, who at age 95 has published his own memoir, Touch and Go. It is filled with hope, history, humor and many stories of ordinary lives making a difference. Studs Terkel laments our lack of a sense of history and calls the USA the United States of Alzheimer's.

And finally, Wednesday November 7 marks the 90th Anniversary of the Russian October Revolution, the world's first successful socialist revolution. For 80 years the revolution was attacked in the West, denigrated, distorted beyond recognition and consigned to the dustbin of history. Ten years later it is treated as an irrelevance. Despite what it turned into, the Russian Revolution was a transcendent historic event: it advanced the demands of the French Revolution for liberty, equality and fraternity, conscious demands to end alienation which were subverted -- and had as it goal the ending of exploitation and the dismantling of hierarchy.

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BTS 10/29/07: CA Fires; Health Care; Herbert Aptheker

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Southern California is reeling from the devastating fires of the last week that killed at least 7 people, evacuated near a million and destroyed 1800 homes. Raging fires -- and raging politics too as the government response was politicized as the ‘anti-Katrina,’ featuring fake-news broadcasts cheerleading FEMA’s response – and the anti-super-Dome in the Qualcomm stadium which hosted evacuees, this time with massages and Starbucks, not neglect, denial and death. Mike Davis joins us tonight to discuss the Fires this time.

We then take a look at the number one domestic issue – our inadequate healthcare delivery system and the candidate’s prescriptions for reform with Jamie Court.

Finally we look at the contradictions of history with Christopher Phelps who has written two articles on Bettina Aptheker’s memoir – a revelation about her famed progressive father Herbert Aptheker.

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BTS 10/8/07: Pakistan Elections; "Personality Disorder" Misdiagnoses; Presidential Campaigns

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On tonight’s Beneath The Surface we talk to Tariq Ali about Pakistan – Gen. Musharraf easily won the election on Saturday, though questions of legitimacy remain, as does the constitutionality of the election given Musharraf is still Commander in Chief of the Army. Pakistan is 60 years old and still unstable: we’ll ask Tariq what keeps it together.

We then turn to part two on the continuing scandal of mis-diagnosing soldiers with “Personality Disorder” a pre-existing condition that lets the military off the hook for long-term medical treatment, but casts the suffering troops to the wind. Joshua Kors updates us on this continuing hypocrisy from an administration that pretends to support its troops.

And finally, we speak to Harold Meyerson about the state of the presidential campaign.

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BTS 10/01/07: Iraq War Deaths; Morality and Politics; GM-UAW Labor Contract

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This evening, we'll be presenting 2 classic interviews from past editions of Beneath the Surface with Suzi Weissman.

First, Suzi speaks with Les Roberts, who co-authored the Lancet study published in 2006, that scientifically estimated Iraqi deaths at 650,000. She asks him about the methodology used, why it was dismissed by both media and the government, and whether it can be extrapolated and updated for now.

Then, we'll feature Suzi's recent interview with Richard Lichtman on the corruption of morality in politics - and its systemic underpinning, as well as the corrosive legacy that could survive for use by future administrations if left unchallenged.

Finally, at the end of the hour we'll hear a live update on the situation at General Motors, from former United Auto Workers executive board member Jerry Tucker.

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BTS 9/24/07: UAW Strike; The Shock Doctrine

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Fifty years ago this week, nine brave young African American students – “The Little Rock Nine” – made history by leading the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. They withstood the threats of physical violence and emotional distress to lead a transformation not only in Arkansas, but across the country. The story of the integration of Little Rock Central High School and the courage of the students known as the Little Rock Nine is deeply inspiring and a testament that young people can change the world.

The civil rights movement was marching once more Friday, filling the streets of Jena, Louisiana, a little town that has become a symbol of the racial injustice supposed to have been buried by the protests of previous generations. The reality is that things haven’t changed nearly as much as people think. Racial tension, especially in the South, has never gone away, and has never stopped being important. Race remains one of the defining factors in modern American politics. While African Americans make up a little over 12% of the population is black, they are 45% of the prison population. So while 50 years ago a movement protested being denied access to white only schools or the ballot box today we see thousands marching again –protesting the unequal application of justice that leave black children with a grossly disproportionate chance of ending up in jail.

The Jena Six were initially charged with attempted murder for a high school fight while three white kids who hung nooses in a tree, a reminder of the lynchings of the Jim Crow days – were punished with an in-school suspension for what the education board considered a prank. While we commemorate the anniversary of the Little Rock Nine, the 50 thousand who marched on Friday represent a revival of resistance to blatant racist atrocities and bring hope that once again unequal justice cannot stand.

On tonight’s program we look at the auto strike declared today over stalled contract negotiations as GM demanded concessions and insisted on shifting health care costs to the UAW through the creation of a healthcare trust, or VEBA. Already news stories warn that the UAW auto strike could lead to 100,000 layoffs across Canada. We’ll talk to Jerry Tucker to get the latest.

We then turn to an extended conversation with Naomi Klein about her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, a well researched account of how catastrophes, both natural and unnatural become opportunities for a savage capitalism calling itself the ‘free market’ to privatize everything possible, bringing huge profits to some and huge misery to many.

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BTS 9/17/07: Michael Mukasey Nomination; Erwin Chemerinsky; Less Safe, Less Free

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Tonight our focus is legal: Constitutional law Professor Jonathan Hafetz talks to us about the nomination of Michael Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzalez as Attorney General; UCI History Professor Mark Levine discusses the hiring/firing and possible rehiring of Erwin Chemerinsky as founding Dean of the UCI Law School; and Law Professor David Cole joins us to talk about his new book, co-authored with Jules Lobel of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Less Safe, Less Free, a powerful and systematic analysis of all the ways the Bush administration has rejected the rule of law, betrayed American values and weakened American standing in the world.

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BTS 9/10/07: Petraeus Report; Economic Hard Landing; Runaway Production Challenge

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General Petraeus began his report today – though the LA Times says it should be called the White House Report. Is Petraeus being used like Colin Powell and what should we expect from the report? We’ll ask Paul Waldman.

The economy continues to tank, financial wizards are resurrecting the ideas of Hyman Minsky to explain the current credit and liquidity crisis, and Nouriel Roubini says the US economy is going to have a hard landing. We’ll ask him to explain.

And finally, Gene Warren, Gretchen Koerner, and Earl Brendlinger join us in studio to talk about the challenge to Canadian Film & TV subsidies through the US Trade Act.

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BTS 9/3/07: Labor Day

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Tonight we celebrate labor on this Labor Day, looking at its renewed vigor as well as the struggles labor faces in today’s political and economic climate.

We begin with the lawsuit brought by the AFL-CIIO and the ACLU against the US Department of Homeland Security to block its planned crackdown on employers who hire undocumented workers. We’ll speak to Ana Avendaño, Director of the AFL-CIO Immigrant Workers Program.

Then we talk to Jerry Tucker, former UAW International Executive Board Member about the issues facing the auto industry, health care and what is needed for a renewed and vigorous movement.

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