Archive for December 2016


The deterioration of democracy in America, loss of liberties, and how the nation's 25-year trajectory of folly brought us the presidency of Donald Trump

Lewis Lapham is an American legend as an historian, essayist and writer. He is the editor emeritus for Harpers Magazine and founder of Lapham’s Quarterly, a quarterly publication about history and literature. He was the host and author of the PBS series America’s Century and hosts the weekly PBS series Bookmark. He also produced the World in Time radio program on Bloomberg radio. His documentary film The American Ruling Class has received wide attention. Lewis has received many awards including the Thomas Paine Journalism Award and is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors Hall of Fame.  He has been compared to other great American essayists such as Mark Twain, IF Stone, Mencken, Gore Vidal and others. He has published fourteen books, his  latest being “Age of Folly: America Abandons Its Democracy” – a 25 year adventure in American politics that has brought us the Trump White House.   Lewis’ website is


An in depth look at the European and American economies, the threats of free market capitalism and the economic future ahead


Yanis Varoufakis is an international economist, academic, former politician and philosopher who served as the Minster of Finance for Greece as a member of the radical left party Syriza from January 2015 until he resigned in July.  Earlier this year, he founded the Democracy in Europe Movement – a pan European movement devoted to reform the EU’s institutions to become more democratic. His stance against the toxic loan and austerity demands being imposed upon Greece by the European banking institutions – frequently referred to as the Troika – earned him international respect as well condemnation. Bloomberg has called him a “brilliant economist.” Business Insider: “the most interesting man in the world.” Prof Varoufakis received degrees in mathematics from the Universities of Essex and Birmingham in the UK and later a PhD in economics at Essex. Throughout his life he has been a champion of radical social and economic causes. – including involvement in the African National Congress, the Palestinian cause and the solidarity movement in Chile.  He has taught at the Universities of Sydney in Australia, Athens, the University of Texas at Austin and other schools. He is the author of about ten books appearing in English. His latest, published by Nation Books, is “And the Weak Suffer What They Must: Europe’s Crisis and America’s Economic Future.”  His website is

On this special Progressive Commentary Hour, Gary Null peels back the curtains and takes a look into the problems surrounding syria. Gary also plays some extensive audio clips so you get a better understanding of syria and their problems. 

In the second half of the progressive commentary hour Gary plays a documentry by John Pilger on The War You Don't See. 

On tonight's Progressive Commentary Hour, Gary talks with three guests about the topic of Fake News scandal - The rise of a new McCarthyism in journalism, news reporting and free speech.

Yves Smith is the founder of the influential financial and news blog Naked Capitalism, and is the author of “ECONNED: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism” – an important investigation into how the symptoms associated with our economic crisis take precedence over the more important cause for economic collapse which resides in the unquestioned role of economists as policy makers.  For over thirty years, Yves has been a Wall Street veteran as an investment banker with major firms such as Goldman Sachs, and a corporate finance advisor. Her articles also appear in the Bloomberg, Politico, Slate and Christian Monitor. Naked Capitalism’s website is – its daily news email provides important resources for analysis on the important issues that concern us most.

 Professor Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.  His research has focused on many diverse progressive social issues including race relations, foreign policy, feminism, post modern masculinity, the media and others. He is a board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center and a national organization Culture Reframed.  He has authored many publications including his forthcoming “The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men.”  Other recent books include “Plain Radical: Living, Loving and Learning to the Planet Gracefully”  and  “Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue.” Robert is the co-producer of a documentary film on the life and philosophy of longtime radical activist Abe Osheroff. His articles appear in Truthdig, Counterpuch, YES Magazine, Resilience, and many others.  His website is

 BOOK:  “The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men.”  Other recent books include “Plain Radical: Living, Loving and Learning to the Planet Gracefully”


Rob Kall is an American journalist and founder of the progressive, liberal news site Oped News, which was launched in 2003. In addition to being a long time anti-war activist, Rob is also an inventor and an early inventor of technology that has gone into biofeedback science. Mediate has noted Rob as one of the top 200 print/online columnists and Opednews received the first media award for the Pillar Human Rights Reward for International Persons of Conscience and his support of whistleblowers. Opednews is also among those news and opinion sites listed in the Washington Post’s blacklisting of so-called fake news.  Rob also hosts the Bottom Up Radio show on WNJC near Philadephia, which airs as the Rob Kall Show, at 8 pm every Wednesday on the Progressive Radio Network. Their website is



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