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GUESTS FOR FRIDAY DECEMBER 6, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Did Nelson Mandela inspire YOU?...Call 877-489-9421
- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America (DFA. The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, who died at the age of 95 yesterday. South African President Zuma has declared Sunday December 8 as a national day of prayer and reflection. Planning is underway for a large memorial service at a Johannesburg stadium that seats thousands. President Obama and Mrs. Obama will travel to Africa next week to participate in memorial services. Mandela's burial has been scheduled for Sunday December 15th in his hometown of Qunu.
- Evan Falchuk, United Independent Party nominee for Governor of Massachusetts. A Massachusetts native, attorney and global health care business executive, Falchuk has been on the campaign trail since February spreading his "Fiscally sensible, pragmatically progressive" message. For more info go to website: www.Falchuk2014.org or @efalchuk on Twitter. Evan Falchuk is not only a candidate for Governor but also co-founder of his political party the United Independent Party - which was launched last January. Falchuk is calling for greater accountability to voters, stronger protection of social freedoms, and more innovative, fiscally pragmatic solutions that improve the day-to-day lives of individuals, families and communities.
- Rita Haecker, President, Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) -- the Texas affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA) which sponsors our Teacher Tuesday segment each week. Ms. Haecker is a former first grade bilingual teacher, and former Vice President for 20 years of the the Austin Association of Teachers - now known as Education Austin. Ms. Haecker, was in Austin, TX earlier today headlining a "Texas Hold 'Em" rally to hold politicians accountable for decisions they make that affect students, educators and communities. Education Austin, Texas State Teachers Association, and National Education Association members met at the State Capitol and marched to the Federal building for the “Texas Hold ‘Em Accountable” rally to protest the federal report card of U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and Representatives John Carter and Roger Williams on public education, health care, immigration reform, voting rights, and labor issues.The rally was the kickoff for Monday December 9's National Day of Action where local events will take place in more than 100 locations across the country - sponsored by community groups, parents, teachers and unions like NEA, AFT and SEIU.
- Earl Bender, back in stormy Chicago today... President of Avenal Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Earl shares his thoughts on Nelson Mandela and other news.
- Professor Charles Ogletree, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, AND Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School. We talk with Professor Ogletree about the life, impact and legacy of a man he knew - the late, great Nelson Mandela - who died yesterday after a long illness at the age of 95.
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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Obama Addresses "dangerous and growing" Economic Divide
- Joe Williams, political journalist based in Washington D.C., formerly with Politico, the Boston Globe, and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. The President made an important speech today, not focusing on the Affordable Care Act this time, but on the "dangerous and growing" economic divide in America and the need to do things to help all Americans benefit from our economic success. On a more immediate note, the President is urging the Congress to come up with a budget deal before they head home for the holidays next week - so that - among other things - unemployment benefits will continue through the Holiday season.
- Isabel Gonzalez-Webster, Director of Child Care Services for SEIU Local 509. Good News for Labor! Family Child Care Providers represented by SEIU Local 509 have reached a tentative 3-year contract agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care, capping off a ten-month negotiation process. A law allowing family child care providers to unionize in MA was signed last September by Governor Deval Patrick. The tentative agreement between Child Care Providers and the State was reached last week. One of the main drivers behind this effort has been the need for access to affordable child care. By raising the state's reimbursement rates (which were previously stuck at incredibly low levels), there will be improved access to affordable child care for MA families - while providing a long-overdue increase in rates for more than 4,000 early educators. The agreement will also allow for important studies on the demand for "non-standard" hours of coverage, and how to serve children with special needs. It will also provided expanded access to professional training opportunities for child care providers.
- Jerry Austin, Ohio-based political consultant who has worked for many candidates over the years from Sherrod Brown to Paul Wellstone and as Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Campaign Manager. President Obama's message is moving leftward as he talks today about income disparity and the benefits of the Affordable Care Act... is the GOP going to be swayed to action by any of this?
- Matt Wall, Press Secretary for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC). Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) is Honorary Co-Chair of a Wall Street front group (THIRD WAY) that attacked Elizabeth Warren in a Wall Street Journal Op Ed, saying that Warren's "economic populism [is] disastrous for Democrats." According to the PCCC, "Third Way receives a ton of money from Wall Street, but they don't publicize this on their website or in their attacks on Warren's economic agenda that stands up for the little guy." Senator Warren wrote a letter today (Dec 4) to the heads of JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, encouraging them to "voluntarily disclose financial contributions [their] institutions make to think tanks". The PCCC is urging voters to call and ask Rep. Schwartz to resign her position with "Third Way". Also, they're asking people to go to www.boldprogressives.org to sign their petition. Numbers to call for Rep Schwartz:
Campaign Ofc: 215-881-9202; DC Ofc: 202-225-6111; Philadelphia District: 215-335-3355
- Jim Warren, NY Daily News Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, former managing editor at the Chicago Tribune...on the President going on the road for the Affordable Care Act, his speech today on wealth inequality at the Center for American Progress, and we'll get Jim's read on yesterday's bankruptcy ruling in Detroit. In his recent Op Ed at the NY Daily News, Jim says "It's too soon to call Obamacare — or Obama — a failure"
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GUESTS FOR TUESDAY DECEMBER 3, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Now that HealthCare.gov Works - President Selling the ACA!
- John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for the Nation Magazine and co-author with Robert McChesney of the new book Dollarocracy, How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. Federal Judge Steven W. Rhodes ruled that Detroit can go forward with Bankruptcy proceedings - biggest US City to do so...John Nichols says that Detroit Bankruptcy bankrupts Democracy Pope Francis, "Best Pope Ever" continues to amaze; and the recovering HealthCare.gov website...
- David Wertime, senior editor at Foreign Policy magazine and edits FP's Tea Leaf Nation blog. (He previously founded Tea Leaf Nation as an independent, Chinese media analysis site before it became part of the Foreign Policy Group.) David was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fuling, China, and has lived and worked in Chongqing, Beijing, and Hong Kong. We look at the growing dispute between Japan and China over the Senkaku islands, China's air defense zone, and VP Joe Biden's trips this week in Japan and China.
TEACHER TUESDAY SEGMENT - SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (NEA)
- Jill Christianson, Senior Professional, National Education Association (NEA) International Relations - where she "coordinates a broad spectrum of NEA international activities related to education and labor policy, education unionism, and human rights." The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results were released this morning. PISA is a worldwide study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 65 nations where 15-year-old school pupils' scholastic performance is tested in the areas of mathematics, science, and reading. It was first performed in 2000 and then repeated every three years since then. According to today's PISA results: the US came in 26th in Math, 17th in Reading and 21st in Science. NEA President in an op-ed asks and answers the question: "Why Doesn’t the U.S. Top the PISA Ranking?" He says: "We must acknowledge that the effects of poverty are pervasive"
- Michael Artz, Associate General Counsel at AFSCME. He was a lead attorney for AFSCME in the eligibility case heard by Federal Bankruptcy Judge Steven W. Rhodes, who issued a ruling earlier today granting Bankruptcy status to the City of Detroit. The city will now move forward with plans to "shed" the city's massive debt - which includes public employee pensions. Pensions account for only 4 percent of Detroit’s budget expenditures. Unlike workers in the private sector whose pensions are insured, public pensions have no backstop. A reduction in pension payments would result in severe hardship for workers, retirees and their families. Although the Michigan Constitution expressly protects public employee pensions, Judge Rhodes stated that "public employee pensions are NOT protected in a federal Chapter 9 bankruptcy".
- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. You can read his commentaries at www.USNews.com. Brad has some thoughts today on the ACA and US Diplomacy with Iran.
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GUESTS FOR MONDAY DECEMBER 2, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Rail Tragedy in NYC & HealthCare.gov is Working!
- John Businger, Former Massachusetts State Rep, serving the Town of Brookline for almost 30 years AND chief advocate for the Boston North-South Station Rail Link. A rail tragedy in New York as a commuter train in the Bronx derailed this weekend while rounding a sharp turn, killing 4 and injuring many others. The black boxes have been removed from the engine and an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway. The engineer driving the train said that his brakes failed; speed definitely appears to have been a factor.
- Bryan Bender, Boston Globe reporter, covering the US military, global terrorism, the international arms trade, and government secrecy out of the Globe's Washington Bureau. His article from a few days ago in the Boston Globe looks at the recent security deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons program, and How John Kerry opened a secret channel to Iran - Quiet diplomacy helped lead to deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.
- Stacey Jarrett Wagner, Manager of Workforce Systems Development at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and a "ReMaking America" author. The NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program works with U.S. Manufacturers to help them "create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money" ... we'll discuss the MEP and what we need to do as a country to support American manufacturing and thereby boost the economy.
It's the Manufacturing Monday segment - brought to you by the Alliance for American Manufacturing and the book ReMaking America. Stacey Jarrett Wagner is a contributor to the book!
- Brian Rosman, Research Director, Health Care for All, with an update on the ACA rollout... Obamacare critics are now complaining that the healthcare.gov website is working too fast!
Coming to us from California again this week....Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. We take a look at Congress before the December break, how healthCare.gov seems to be working and other current events in the news.
Tune in 3-6pm EST weekdays for the Jeff Santos Show... we're Kicking Ass for the Middle Class, every day!Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season!
GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Green Day Wednesday...as you prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday!
- Rona Fried, Founder & CEO of www.SustainableBusiness.com, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. (It's "Green Day Wednesday"... some positive "green news" this week from www.SustainableBusiness.com:
- Jim Warren, NY Daily News Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, former managing editor at the Chicago Tribune - back in the Windy City for Thanksgiving... good thing he didn't get caught in the big storm! In his Wednesday Cheat Sheet at the New York Daily News blog "The Swamp", Jim reports today about how the "White House Correspondents Association is in pitched battle with President Obama’s communications operation" as they see a growing trend towards limited access and "message manipulation".
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GUESTS FOR TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: GOP & Israel Unhappy Over Iran Deal...Do you think Iran can be trusted to stop working on a nuclear weapon?
- Jerry Austin, Ohio-based political consultant who has worked for many candidates over the years from Sherrod Brown to Paul Wellstone and as Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Campaign Manager. Political ramifications of the new Iran Security deal, the Senate Filibuster Change and what sort of legislation can the Congress actually get done?...Immigration? Budget?
- Laicie Heeley, Truman Project Partner AND Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where her work focuses primarily on weapons proliferation, defense analysis, and Iran. We'll continue the conversation about Iran and talk about what the new Security deal means and what we need to do to verify that it's working...
TEACHER TUESDAY SEGMENT - SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (NEA)
We're replaying a "Teacher Tuesday" segment recorded earlier this month when our guest was Whitney Tarver, a pre-k teacher in Prince George's County, Maryland, about the importance of early childhood education AND a new bill in Congress - the "Early Childhood Education Improvement Act of 2013" - introduced by retiring Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller of California.
- Gene Karpinski, President, League of Conservation Voters (LCV), a national non-profit organization that works to turn environmental values into national priorities. LCV produces the "National Environmental Scorecard" and "Presidential Report Card", the two authoritative records of how members of Congress and the Administration handle the most important environmental issues before them. The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a $1 million national television ad campaign thanking five members of Congress for protecting public health and promoting clean energy jobs. The series of television and print ads thank Senators Harry Reid, Brian Schatz and Kay Hagan, and Representatives Pete Gallego (TX-23 San Antonio) and Scott Peters (CA-52 San Diego)for taking action in the face of gridlock in Washington and attacks from Big Oil, corporate polluters and their allies in Congress. The ads highlight their votes, sponsorships and leadership in Congress on critical issues including clean energy economy, mercury pollution, and clean water.
- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. You can read his commentaries at www.USNews.com. His latest piece is about the GOP War on Christmas. Brad is a weekly contributor on Tuesdays. We'll touch on Iran - Filibuster - Healthcare.Gov - what's the GOP going to tear down next and whether Obama can get anything done?
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GUESTS FOR MONDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Boston Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh Discusses Transition!
- Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh, who is finishing his long stint as Massachusetts State Rep from the 13th Suffolk District before taking over for the outgoing Mayor Tom Menino. He has served in the State House since 1997, representing the 13th District which includes Dorchester and parts of Quincy. Checking in talk about the transition team, his early plans upon taking office, and any last thoughts on the Mayoral election. Mayor-elect Walsh is building up his transition team, which already includes 3 of his former Mayoral opponents: "John F. Barros, former head of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Intiative, Charlotte Golar Richie, former state representative, and Felix Arroyo, a city councilor".
- John Businger, Former Massachusetts State Rep, serving the Town of Brookline for almost 30 years AND chief advocate for the Boston North-South Station Rail Link. Sad news this week. John is mourning the loss of his friend and former colleague - "one of the finest people [he] ever met" - Tony Winsor of Newton who passed away last week. Winsor was an attorney who worked with the ACLU and with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute - through which he was one of the major proponents of housing and civil Liberties legislation.
- Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic nominee for President.
- John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for the Nation Magazine. In his latest piece at www.Nation.com, Nichols talks about how Maine Senator Susan Collins Is the Barrier to Transparency, Accountability on Drones...he'll comment on the new deal over nuclear security between Iran and the "big 6" nations, that has Israel so rattled...
- From California this week...Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. On (Iran, Obamacare, JFK, etcetera
GUESTS FOR FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Tragic Day JFK Died 50 Years Ago Remembered...Where were you when President Kennedy was shot? What did his presidency mean to you?
- James Moore, Texan and author of "Bush's Brain", "Adios Mofo", and other books. You can find out more at his website: www.moorethink.com. Moore has been researching the Kennedy assassination his entire life and has some ideas about what really happened back in November 1963... and it involves LBJ, the CIA and big Texas Oil. He's currently working on a novel to be titled "American Coup" on this very topic. We'll also ask what it's like to be a Texan looking back at this tragic event in American history, considering that it took place in his back yard.
- Scott Bates, President of the Center for National Policy. We take a break from reflecting on the JFK anniversary to look at some other big news this week regarding U.S.-Afghanistan relations and plans to end our military engagement there. The two countries are working on a security deal that would impact the how and when American troops will leave Afghanistan and a range of other issues including U.S. raids and other issues. Afghan President Karzhai surprised people today by saying that he wants to defer any deal til next year's elections. Scott Bates will discuss the implications of the US and Afghanistan deal – which would define the relationship for years to come and potentially allow a number of U.S. troops to remain in the country until 2024.
- Lamar Waldron, author of a new book The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination. The Hidden History of JFK’s Assassination draws on exclusive interviews with more than two dozen associates of John and Robert Kennedy, in addition to former FBI, Secret Service, military intelligence, and Congressional personnel, who provided critical first-hand information. The book also uses government files—including the detailed FBI confession of notorious Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello—to simply and clearly reveal exactly who killed JFK. Using information never published before, the book uses Marcello’s own words to his closest associates to describe the plot. His confession is also backed up by a wealth of independent documentation.
- Janice Kenneally, retired Nurse Educator with the Boston Public Schools. Ms. Kenneally was a young woman when John F. Kennedy ran for President, and she cast her first vote ever in the 1960 election for John F. Kennedy and the Democratic ticket. She herself has been politically active ever since those early days and next year will celebrate her 50th anniversary as a member of the League of Women Voters. She'll share her thoughts on Massachusetts resident, Senator, candidate and finally President John F. Kennedy.
- Pamela Julian, President, League of Women Voters of Boston. President Kennedy started off his Presidency by challenging Americans to "ask what they could do for their country" - he started the Peace Corps, and was concerned with doing what was necessary to expand voting rights and civil rights. We'll talk with Pam Julian about President Kennedy's legacy and the civic engagement he inspired in so many.