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Jeff Santos Show 1/15/15

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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY JANUARY 15, 2015 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Transportation Thursday! Still Talking About The Idea Of Free College Tuition & Infrastructure Investments If Olympics Come To Boston! Do you think of "Free" college tuition as an investment or a tax boondoggle?

- Jim Repass, Chairman, President & CEO of the National Corridors Initiative. New Hampshire Rail. Idea of the 2024 Summer Olympics coming to Boston with respect to transportation infrastructure and the North-South Station Rail Link.

- David Paleologos, Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. What's going on in the world of political polling? Anything new in the 2016 Presidential races? When will we start hearing a lot more about 2016 political polls?

- Herb Boyd, American journalist, educator, author, and activist based in New York. His articles appear regularly in the "Amsterdam News", and have won him three 1st-place awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists. Boyd has been inducted into both the Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent and the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame as a journalist. He teaches black studies at the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle. Weekly Regular Guest - Selma, Free College Tuition, Should the President have gone to the Charlie Hebdo raolly in France?

- John Businger, Former Massachusetts State Rep for 28 years - serving from the Town of Brookline. He is the Chief advocate for the Boston North-South Station Rail Link and a long-time Voting rights champion. Transportation Thursday. What about the Governor's new pick for Transit Head in Massachusetts? She's a gas tax proponent but what can we expect from her?

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Jeff Santos Show 1/13/15

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GUESTS FOR TUESDAY JANUARY 13, 2015 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Free College Tuition For Community College? Is It Time To Invest In The Secondary Education Of All Americans? Do you agree with President Obama's push for free community college education?

- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. He is a pollster, blogger, and fill-in radio host on the Leslie Marshall show. You can read his commentaries at www.USNews.com. Politics, Paris and Free Education! Read Brad's latest U.S. News Piece: The Police, Immigration and the Racial Divide - Polls on the police treatment of minorities and public approval of Obamacare reflect the ongoing racial split in this country.

- Robert Kraig, Executive Director Citizen Action of Wisconsin [Website: http://www.citizenactionwi.org] Checking in on Wisconsin politics and the north coast perspective on what's going on in Washington and as the 2016 Elections begin to take shape. Robert will also talk about how Wisconsin Governor Scott "Walker Putting At Risk Health Coverage for Over 150,000 Wisconsinites".

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Jeff Santos Show 1/12/15

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GUESTS FOR MONDAY JANUARY 12, 2015 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Governor Mike Dukakis! Huge Charlie Hebdo Rally In France - Should The President Have Been There? Civil Rights And The Movie "Selma"! Can movies like "Selma" help generate enthusiasm about voting? about protecting voting rights?

- Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic Presidential Nominee. He is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University, and a visiting Professor at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Policy during the Winter Quarter.

- John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for the Nation Magazine and co-author of the book Dollarocracy, How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. A lot of flak today in the media for the lack of U.S. presence at a big rally in France this weekend in support of France and freedom of the Press over the Charlie Hebdo killings... In John Nichols latest piece at the Nation, he says "We are all Charlie".

- John Businger, Former Massachusetts State Rep for 28 years - serving from the Town of Brookline. He is the Chief advocate for the Boston North-South Station Rail Link and a long-time Voting rights champion. During his time in office, John was a champion of voting access and voting rights and reflects on the movie Selma that was one of the big nominees at the Golden Globe Awards yesterday.

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Jeff Santos Show 1/9/15

GUESTS FOR FRIDAY JANUARY 9, 2015 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: 58th Consecutive Month Of Job Growth! Tense Hostage Situation In France Ends With Death of 3 Charlie Hebdo Terrorists! The GOP Congress aims to destroy Social Security as one of their top priorities coming in to the new term...and we'll look at the Paris Charlie Hebdo shooting as well as the under-reported NAACP bombing here in the States.

- Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM).He is a former staff director of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and 16-year veteran of Capitol Hill. As the Congress comes back to DC to start the new session, the GOP Leadership immediately took a shot at Social Security as their first order of business, "even before the House had re-elected their Speaker". Rep. Tom Reed of NY proposed a rule that would disallow the clean transfer of funds from the larger Social Security Trust Fund to the Disability fund as has been done on 11 other occasions as a matter of routine. This would put people on this type of disability in danger of severe cuts as early as next year. President Richtman will explain Representative Reed's proposal and why NCPSSM is against it!).[Previously recorded.]

- U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas "Tom" Perez.December Employment Numbers - non-farm jobs up by 252,000! This is the 58th consecutive month with job growth, and the growth has been spread across many different sectors. The Unemployment rate dropped to 5.6% from from 5.8% in November. Secretary Perez has "14 Things You Should Know about the 2014 Economy."

- , Chair, Democracy for America (DFA) First Friday check-in with regular contributor Jim Dean...Tense day in France with 2 separate hostage situations by the terrorists known to be behind the Charlie Hebdo shootings. Hostages were taken at a small printing plant near the Charles de Gaulle airport and also in a small Kosher grocery store. Three of the gunmen who took hostages were killed, along with a number of hostages and police officers (total fatalities not confirmed). Their associate, a woman, remains armed and on the loose somewhere, presumably in France.

- From California again today....Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Week In Review - Free Speech vs. Terrorism; GOP Congress stealth attack on Social Security and Disability insurance; Up next? a vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, that the President has promised to veto.

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Jeff Santos Show 1/8/14

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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY JANUARY 8, 2015 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: 1st Action Item For GOP Congress? Destroy Social Security! And The Under-Reporting Of Terrorism At Colorado NAACP Bombing! The GOP Congress aims to destroy Social Security as one of their top priorities coming in to the new term...and we'll look at the Paris Charlie Hebdo shooting as well as the under-reported NAACP bombing here in the States.

- Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM).He is a former staff director of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and 16-year veteran of Capitol Hill. As the Congress comes back to DC to start the new session, the GOP Leadership immediately took a shot at Social Security as their first order of business, "even before the House had re-elected their Speaker". Rep. Tom Reed of NY proposed a rule that would disallow the clean transfer of funds from the larger Social Security Trust Fund to the Disability fund as has been done on 11 other occasions as a matter of routine. This would put people on this type of disability in danger of severe cuts as early as next year. President Richtman will explain Representative Reed's proposal and why NCPSSM is against it!).

- John Businger, Former Massachusetts State Rep for 28 years - serving from the Town of Brookline. He is the Chief advocate for the Boston North-South Station Rail Link and a long-time Voting rights champion. Transportation Thursday. Swearing in of new Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today... Former Governors Weld, Swift and Romney were in attendance along with the late Governor Paul Celucci's widow Jan as well as the widow of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, Angela Menino. The current Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was present but former Governor Deval Patrick was not... Notably, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Massachusetts to attend the Inauguration as well!

- Herb Boyd, American journalist, educator, author, and activist based in New York. His articles appear regularly in the "Amsterdam News", and have won him three 1st-place awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists. Boyd has been inducted into both the Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent and the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame as a journalist. He teaches black studies at the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle. So much to talk about with our new regular Thursday contributor Herb Boyd. Where to begin? The new Congress? Freedom of the Press and the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris? The lack of media coverage of the NAACP bombing that happened on American soil this week...perhaps overshadowed by the news from France, but a homemade explosive devise was detonated outside the Colorado Springs NAACP chapter office yesterday as well. No deaths or injuries were reported. The hashtag #NAACPbombing has gone viral on social media since the bombing, drawing media attention to the story - after most media outlets chose NOT to cover it initially!

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Jeff Santos Show 12/29/14

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GUESTS FOR MONDAY DECEMBER 29, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: The Year In Review... The Nation's 2014 Progressive Honor Roll Is Out! Who Made The List? We're looking back at 2014 today on the show. What were the most important stories to YOU this year?

- 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. The Year in Review - Looking Back at 2014....ISIS; the ACA; Midterms switch congress back to the GOP; Benghazi; Michele Obama's healthy eating campaign; Michael Brown, Eric Garner and community-police relations; Environmental movement blocks Keystone & marches in New York; missing Malaysian planes; Domestic Violence and the NFL; Putin changes Russia's position in the world by repeated Ukraine incursions; U.S. troops returning to the middle east?; is Hillary running?...AND...all year long, the Roadblock Republicans controlled the message and did all they could to keep America from moving forward! What a year!

- John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for the Nation Magazine and co-author of the book Dollarocracy, How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. Looking back at 2014.... the Nation's "2014 Progressive Honor Roll" is out today! featuring progressive champs Elizabeth Warren, Patrick Leahy, Barbara Lee, "Rising Star" Maura Healy, John Oliver and others!

- From beautiful North Carolina today... Jim Warren, DC Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, former Managing Editor of the Chicago Tribune. Year in review continued.... as we look back at all the things that happened this year Jim's recent pieces at the NY Daily News also feature topics we've been talking about on the Jeff Santos Show this year... with V.P. Joe Biden "hitting it out of the park" with his eulogy of Officer Ramos this weekend and how the U.S. Treasury is using it's power to weaken Russia, Iran and others....

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Jeff Santos Show 12/23/14

GUESTS FOR TUESDAY DECEMBER 23, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Last Live Show Before the Christmas Holiday! John Businger Is In The House! Producers Jimmy NJ and Sara Billingsley make a rare appearance in the second hour! Are you feeling the Holiday Spirit? Do YOU think NYC Mayor DiBlasio was at fault in the New York police shooting? John Businger is in-studio with Jeff for the first hour and then IT'S ALL CALLS!

- John Businger, Former Massachusetts State Rep for 28 years - serving from the Town of Brookline. He is the Chief advocate for the Boston North-South Station Rail Link and a long-time Voting rights champion.

- Jeff Santos Show board operator Jim "Jimmy NJ" Long & Senior Producer Sara Billingsley make an appearance to say goodbye to Jim and reflect on the holidays. Jim will be leaving the Jeff Santos Show in the new year...he will be missed!

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Jeff Santos Show 12/11/14

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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY DECEMBER 11, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Busy Week In Congress With Budget Negotiations & Blowback From The CIA Torture Report! And... It's Transportation Thursday! Are YOU concerned about some of the eye-raising additions to the "Cromnibus" Budget being negotiated right now? Should it be blocked now? Will it be worse if the negotiations wait 'til January when the Republicans are in charge?

- Josh Smith, Sr. Policy Analyst at the Economic Policy Institute specializing in Federal Tax & Budget policy. The so-called "CRomnibus" Budget deal...what's in it? How big is it? What are the secret last-minute riders that might make Congress vote it down? The House is expected to vote on it today... right now votes are split down the middle - it could go either way. Senator Elizabeth Warren has been very vocal in her opposition to new "Big Bank Bailouts" sneaked into the Budget without debate - it might get through the House, but the Senate is doubtful!

- John Businger, Former Massachusetts State Rep for 28 years - serving from the Town of Brookline. He is the Chief advocate for the Boston North-South Station Rail Link and a long-time Voting rights champion. Transportation Thursday. Congressional Budget Negotiations.

- Herb Boyd, American journalist, educator, author, and activist based in New York. His articles appear regularly in the "Amsterdam News", and have won him three 1st-place awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists. Boyd has been inducted into both the Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent and the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame as a journalist. He teaches black studies at the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle. Coming to as at his new regular time, Thursdays in the 5 O'Clock hour Eastern time.... very glad to have Herb on the Jeff Santos Show as a weekly contributor, joining the ranks of John Nichols, Jim Dean, Rona Fried, Lance Gould, Earl Bender & John Businger!

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Jeff Santos Show 12/10/14

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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 10, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Green Day Wednesday Looks at House GMO Hearing Today & Peru Climate Summit! And...More On The CIA Torture Report! A lot of people are hoping that President Obama issue pardons to Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld for their part in using enhanced torture practices. Do YOU think this is the way to go? Will the President do it?

- Rona Fried - Founder & CEO of www.SustainableBusiness.com, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. It's "Green Day Wednesday"... today's big stories...GMO hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Peru Climate Summit that started December 1 and continues through the end of this week...

KEY STORIES RONA'S FOLLOWING THIS WEEK:

(1) The House Energy & Commerce Committee is holding a hearing today on the FDA's role in regulating and labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the US food supply;
(2) Representatives from 195 countries have been meeting for talks in Lima Peru to develop a draft for an International Climate Treaty that will be finalized next year in Paris. Talks started December 1st and continue through Friday December 12th:
(3) White House Launches Climate Literacy Initiative for Americans.

- Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office, where he represents the ACLU before Congress and the Executive Branch. Since joining the ACLU legislative team in 1997, Anders has represented the ACLU on a wide range of civil liberties and civil rights issues. For the past eight years, he has led the ACLU’s Washington, D.C. advocacy on torture, detention, war authority, and Guantanamo issues. Since 2006, he has led a national coalition of human rights, civil liberties, and religious groups working on detention and Guantanamo issues. He also has served as a human rights observer at military commission proceedings held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. TOPIC: The Senate CIA Torture Report - what was in the report? We'll ask Mr. Anders for his reaction to the comments by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John McCain (R-AZ) and others on the Senate Floor yesterday. What are the reasons for releasing the report at this time and what has the reaction be? People are guardedly watching to see what the international response will be, but how are Americans feeling about the use of torture? In a press release by the ACLU this week, they claim that the "Senate Torture Report Shows Need for Accountability".

- From Chicago again today, where the Cubs now have Jon Lester....Jim Warren, DC Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, former Managing Editor of the Chicago Tribune. The CIA - the Senate - and torture....Also, Jim has an Op Ed in last Sunday's NY Daily News that takes a look at the need to improve community-police relations and what we can do about it. Jim's Sunday Op Ed was on improving police-community relations: "Building back trust to save lives: Educating cops and communities after the killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and others".

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Jeff Santos Show 12/5/14

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GUESTS FOR FRIDAY DECEMBER 5, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: US DOL Sec'y Tom Perez Discusses November Jobs Numbers! 321K Non-farm Jobs Created! Can We Slow Life Down - Even in Big Cities? A Talk With "New Slow City" Author William Powers! Peaceful protests continued around the country over reaction to the Michael Brown and Eric Garner Grand Jury decisions. Hundreds were arrested in New York City, but no major incidents were reported. Will this lead to anything?

- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America (DFA). Regular Friday check-in with Jim Dean... Ferguson MO, Staten Island NY and Cleveland OH - people have had enough of these wrongful deaths at the hands of law enforcement. Peaceful protests continued around the country last night with a 3rd night of protests in New York with hundreds of arrests - and in downtown Boston, thousands marched peacefully - Go to our facebook page to see some snapshots. The Department of Justice will be monitoring the Cleveland Police, following what they report - after a 2-year investigation - as a pattern of “unreasonable and unnecessary use of force” being used by Cleveland Police officers. U.S. Attorney General Holder said DOJ will be investigating the Eric Garner choke-hold death as well.

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Week in Review - Bad Grand Jury decisions, nationwide protests, good jobs numbers, new Secretary of Defense.

- U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas "Tom" Perez. November Employment Numbers - non-farm jobs up by 321,000! Highest number of jobs created in a single month since January 2012. This is the 57th consecutive month with job growth, and the growth has been spread across many different sectors. The Unemployment rate remained unchanged from the previous month at 5.8%.

- William Powers, author of the book "New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City". OFFICIAL BIO: Born and raised on Long Island, William Powers has worked for over a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, Native North America, and Washington, DC. He is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and is on the adjunct faculty of New York University. A third generation New Yorker, Powers has also spent two decades exploring the American culture-of-speed and its alternatives in some fifty countries around the world. He has covered the subject in his four books and written about it in the Washington Post and the Atlantic. An expert on sustainable development, he is a freelance writer and speaker. For more info visit his website: www.williampowersbooks.com. After feeling burnt out from work and living "off the grid" for a season in North Carolina, William Powers wanted to find out if he could live a slower, simpler life in one of the World's biggest, busiest cities - New York. He and his wife reduced their work hours, got rid of a lot of stuff, and moved into a "micro-apartment" in Greenwich Village... HOW DID IT GO?... he talks about the experience in New Slow City and shares some ideas about simplifying life for us today.

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