Jun 30: Capitalists and Psychopaths!
Jun 29th, 2012 by Sam

The Samantha Clemens Show, Saturday mornings at 10 am EDT on AM1510 in Boston, streaming live at

This week:

Part 1: Commentary and interview with Bill Deresiewicz about the pathology of capitalism (interview begins at about 7:40)  Listen now.

Part 2: Commentary about right-wing reaction to Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act. Listen now.

Are all capitalists bloodsucking vampire-like psychopaths who are slowly trying to destroy the economy for their own gain?

Of course not…but what’s wg with a little hyperbole to add to the political outrage (here’s looking at you FOX and MSNBC)?

We’ll be talking with essayist Bill Deresiewicz about the economy and those who want to wreck it for their own gain…


Maybe Justice Roberts ain’t so bad after all…

Call 617 237 1234 and say what’s on your mind.

Apr 27: A Women’s Place is in the House (of Representatives)
Apr 27th, 2012 by Sam

On the show:

First —

Paul Brandus, White House Bureau Chief and founder of the West Wing Report, will give us the latest about about the presidential race and the impact of the latest bad economic news on the campaigns. We’ll also touch on why Obama went to Colombia and whether he was successful.

Then —

Are women politicians in America oppressed or is American politics better left for the boys? The United States is currently tied for 79th in the world with liberal powerhouse Turkmenistan for percentage of women in national government. Who is number 1? Rwanda. Who’s number 3?  Cuba.

To get a clearer picture of where American women stand in The Land of the Free, we’ll talk with Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, President/CEO of She Should Run and Women’s Campaign Fund will join to discuss America’s dismal position in the world for women in politics.

Call in at 617 237 1234 to join the conversation.

Apr 21: Shareholders Revolt(ed) against Citibank Exec Pay
Apr 20th, 2012 by Sam

Sam commentary: 2012-04-21-samantha-clemens-p1-commentary.mp3

Todd Wallack: 2012-04-21-samantha-clemens-p2-todd-wallack-liberty-mutual.mp3

Paul Dorf: 2012-04-21-samantha-clemens-p3-paul-dorf-exec-comp.mp3


Is a sleeping giant waking up??

 “Citigroup’s shareholders recently took advantage of the new “say-on-pay” provisions of the Dodd-Frank law to vote DOWN CEO Vikram Pandit’s $15 million pay package.”


And here in Boston, the Liberty Mutual CEO has been under fire for collecting $50 million A YEAR for his job…. When rates are set by the state! Is he really that good??



  •  Paul Dworf, Managing Director of Compensation Resources Inc, is an expert in Executive Compensation. We’ll talk about:
    • how these guys set executive compensation levels,
    • how they measure success,
    • how they hire these guys in the first place,
    • how compensation and the attitude of the execs has changed over time,
    • what the effect of tax increases would have
    • and whether more money is really an incentive for these guys.

My question: Just how is it that the free market can’t get these wages DOWN instead of up in a down economy? Are there more of these guys on the streets – more supply of executive labor than demand? What’s going on?

Call in: 617 237 1234!


Mar 10: Don’t know much about…education!
Mar 13th, 2012 by Sam

In case you missed the show:

Part 1: Samantha commentary on education 2012-03-10-samantha-clemens-p1.mp3

Part 2: James Burnett, Boston Globe 2012-03-10-samantha-clemens-p2-james-burnett-globe.mp3

Do American Schools need help? (yes)

Is college for snobs? (No)

Should all who want higher education have the opportunity to advance themselves? (yes)

Do Republicans want an educated populace? (Apparently not)

Join Samantha this Saturday, March 10, 2012 as she discusses the Republicans’ war on education.

“But what about people like Mr. Romney? Don’t they have a stake in America’s future economic success, which is endangered by the crusade against education? Maybe not as much as you think.

“After all, over the past 30 years, there has been a stunning disconnect between huge income gains at the top and the struggles of ordinary workers. You can make the case that the self-interest of America’s elite is best served by making sure that this disconnect continues, which means keeping taxes on high incomes low at all costs, never mind the consequences in terms of poor infrastructure and an undertrained work force.

“And if underfunding public education leaves many children of the less affluent shut out from upward mobility, well, did you really believe that stuff about creating equality of opportunity?

“So whenever you hear Republicans say that they are the party of traditional values, bear in mind that they have actually made a radical break with America’s tradition of valuing education. And they have made this break because they believe that what you don’t know can’t hurt them. “
Ignorance Is Strength, Paul Krugman


“Consider the fact that SAT scores (a big factor in college admissions) correlate closely with family wealth. The total average SAT score of students from families earning more than $100,000 per year is more than 100 points higher than for students in the income range of $50,000 to $60,000. Or consider that a mere 3 percent of students in the top 150 colleges, as defined by The Chronicle of Higher Education, come from families in the bottom income quartile of American society. Only a very dogmatic Social Darwinist would conclude from these facts that intelligence closely tracks how much money one’s parents make. A better explanation is that students from affluent families have many advantages — test-prep tutors, high schools with good college counseling, parents with college savvy and so on.”
Colleges and Elitism, Andrew Delblanco


“What’s more, Mr. Santorum’s family background shows the profound value of education in lifting the disadvantaged into the middle class and beyond. The campaign likes to leave the impression that he grew up in the coal fields of Pennsylvania, but young Rick actually came of age in a home where the father earned a doctorate and worked as a clinical psychologist while the mother toiled outside the house as a well-credentialed administrative nurse; it was his immigrant grandfather who worked the coal mines.”
Michael Medved: Meet the Republicans, Education Bashers

Samantha also welcomes James Burnett, writer for The Boston Globe. The two will discuss the Somerville Music Progam…a program that brings the wonders of music to low income children.

“Gee whiz! Poor kids learning how to play music – discipline, teamwork, and beauty – what’s not to love?”
In era of cuts, students in Somerville play on – The Boston Globe

Feb 18: Aspirin for contraception while johns have more headaches
Feb 18th, 2012 by Sam

In case you missed it…  2012-02-18-samantha-clemens-contraception-johns.mp3

Don’t miss tomorrow’s show at 10am on AM1510 RevolutionBoston:

While a billionaire Santorum backer takes us back to the 1940s, suggesting girls should put a Bayer aspirin between their knees for contraception, Martha Coakley is giving johns who buy sex services more headaches.You think the anti-sex crowd is going to back Coakley?Santorum super-PAC backer: Women ‘used Bayer aspirin for contraception’

Foster Friess Apologizes For Suggesting Bayer Aspirin As Contraception Method

Prostitutes want no part of Martha Coakley’s crackdown on johns



Goodbye 2011. Welcome 2012!
Jan 2nd, 2012 by Sam

What are you going to let go of from 2011?

What are you going to embrace in 2012?

Dec 22: Happy Solstice!
Dec 22nd, 2011 by Sam

The Sun rising above the Arctic plain (H.D. Nygren, NOAA Corps.)

Greetings to all who celebrate during this season.  I celebrate the solstice with family and friends on the longest night of the year.  We share food and drink in our warm house that is lit with candles and holiday lights, and festooned with pine boughs.  Under the sounds of stories and laughter, renaissance music plays softly while the aroma of mulled wine, Greek food, and pine fills the house.  Later we gather around an outside fire and gaze at the stars, pondering our insignificance in the universe and our significance to each other.  We think of the last year and what we will let go, and then think of what we will embrace in the coming year.  The fire reminds of how lucky we are to have shelter and each other.

Best wishes to all as you celebrate your holiday.  Thank you for being part of my year.  I look forward to what’s next.

Republican men are hot for barn jackets
Dec 10th, 2011 by Sam

Check out Scott Brown…

And Rick Perry…

Take Back Boston March and Rally
Oct 1st, 2011 by Sam

It’s disorganized.  It’s noisy.  It’s stereotypical lefty protesters.

But it’s growing.


Video: Woman stomped on head by Rand Paul supporters
Oct 26th, 2010 by Sam

It happened in Lexington, Kentucky before debate between Paul, Jack Conway.

Are these people for real??

Check out the video here

Just a few crazies?  Or glimmers of what could come?

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