Political Analysis

From the grassroots to Washington and beyond, the realities of politics and power are routinely cloaked in euphemism and evasion.

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Mar 26th, 2013 by progressiveradionetwork at 5:00 pm

Karyn Strickler guest hosts for Sandy LeonVest.  Karyn hosts her own show, Climate Challenge Media, which you can find on Facebook.

Today, we’re talking with Allan Lichtman, Professor of History, about his latest book, co-authored with Professor Richard Breitman, called “FDR and the Jews,” a topic which generates spirited debate, even today.  The issue of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's response to the Nazi persecution and slaughter of Jews remains controversial and important.  Professor Lichtman explains that while FDR did not do everything possible for the Jews, he was far better for the Jews than his political opposition at home, or any other world leader of his time.  You can find, "FDR and the Jews," on Amazon.

Allan Lichtman is a distinguished professor of history at American University in Washington, DC.  He is the author of 9 books, including “The Keys to the White House,” a system for predicting presidential elections, that has correctly predicted the presidential election, in every election since the system was developed in 1984.  Allan Lichtman also wrote, “White Protestant Nation:  The Rise of the American Conservative Movement,” a finalist for the national book critic circle award.  He has appeared as a political commentator on virtually every major media outlet in the U.S. and worldwide.
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Mar 19th, 2013 by progressiveradionetwork at 5:00 pm

Tonight on Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest presents Web of Lies: Iraq Ten Years Later -- a Political Analysis special on the tenth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq ...

Ten years after the US-led invasion and near-total destruction of Iraq, Sandy LeonVest challenges the mythology of the US (or anyone else) having "won" that war, along with the cultural pathology that allowed -- and continues to allow -- the aberration we call "war" to continue. Using audio clips from both the pre-Iraq war buildup and the post-war devastation, Sandy examines the web of lies woven and spun by the GW Bush administration and its corporate media allies that led to the near-total destruction of a once-civilized and culturally advanced nation, and left hundreds of thousands of other lives -- including US veterans and their families -- in ruins. Audio highlights include excerpts from Arundhati Roy, David Swanson and Greg Palast, along with other key players in the Web of Lies known today as the Iraq War.

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On tonight's Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest airs live audio clips from the March 11, 2011 nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi. These chilling excerpts, originally made public by Scientific American, reveal the extent of the chaos and panic that characterized the March 11, 2011 disaster -- both on March 11th, and in the days following the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, when the extent of the damage began to be realized . Sandy is joined later in the hour by Harvey Wasserman for a discussion on the future of nuclear power, with Sandy worrying that the newly released report coming from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), predicting that nuclear power will continue to grow worldwide, does not bode well for our collective futures, and a more optimistic Harvey arguing that, all things considered, this is a very unlikely scenario.
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Mar 5th, 2013 by progressiveradionetwork at 9:57 pm
PULLING THE PLUG ON FOSSIL FUELS AND NUCLEAR POWER

On tonight's Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest talks during the first half of the show about the global extent -- and impact -- of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking). The show features a speech by Friends of the Earth president Nnimmo Bassey, who talks about Shell Oil's fracking in Ireland and the Niger Delta.
Later in the hour, Sandy is joined by Green Party member and anti-nuclear activist Joe DeMare. They talk about "Pull the Plug on Nuclear Power," an event taking place on March 11, and that encourages people to observe the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster (which rendered an entire region of Japan, home to more than 200,000 people radioactively contaminated and uninhabitable) by "pulling the plug."
On March 11, thousands of people around the US the world will join together to teach the utility companies a lesson -- that we do not need the utilities or nuclear power to survive. By using as little grid-supplied power as possible on that day, we will not only cost the utilities money, we will be declaring our independence from dirty, centralized, unsustainable generation technologies.

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