Jan 29: Egypt(!) and How to solve the foreclosure crisis
Jan 29th, 2011 by Sam


Guest:  David E. Kapell, founder of Kapell Real Estate & Antiques and former mayor of Greenport

Dave Kapell wrote this about the foreclosure crisis:

“THERE are many factors behind the mortgage crisis, but there is only one simple explanation for why we have failed to solve it. Any effort to help homeowners by forgiving some of their loans is said to create a moral hazard, rendering it politically toxic. But without help, homeowners continue to struggle, foreclosures continue to mount and the housing industry continues to drag down the economy.”  From Struggling Owners to Stable Renters, New York Times, January 19, 2011

So, what do we do?? We’ll talk with Dave about his modest proposal…

AND EGYPT! We’ll check in to see what we know tomorrow morning.


To read more about Dave:

Success Is in the Grapes; From a Scruffy Past, a Winemaking Capital Emerges

Greenport Mayor Kapell learns on the job

East End mayor rehanging his shingle as broker

Jan 22: Olberman, Reengineering Healthcare, and Rachel
Jan 22nd, 2011 by Sam


Guest: Jim Champy, co-author of Reengineering Health Care


  • Keith Olberman leaving MSNBC – why? Comcast? ratings? egos? What’s next for MSNBC? for Olberman? Your thoughts?
  • What else can we do about healthcare – well – we do know there are a million things that can be done to make it more efficient and cost less – we’ll talk with Jim Champy who has worked with hospitals to reengineer their processes and SAVE money. Is this something we can all agree on?
  • Healthcare bill – ok, ok; they did the vote to repeal healthcare which meant nothing. But, they’re really going to defund it. Tie it up in courts. Is this really what the public wants??
Jan 15: Right-wing attack speech – just entertainment?
Jan 15th, 2011 by Sam


Guest: David Bernstein, Boston Phoenix

So, why did liberals so quickly conclude that Loughner was a right-wing nut and the shooting was a political assassination?

Was it, perhaps, because there has been a series of such events in the last two years?

Is it because the right-wing media has grown ever more inflammatory?

Is it because the line between the right-wing media and right-wing politicians has blurred?

Is it because death threats against the President of the United States have significantly increased since Obama took office?

Is it because the metaphors used in political speech, especially by the right-wing, has evolved from sports to military and hunting?

Consider this (from Crooks and Liars):

…what’s equally undeniable is that it comes amid a gradually mounting litany of violence directed against “liberal” and government targets, effectively suggesting a fresh onset of domestic terrorism from the extremist American Right.

They go on to list a series of events, beginning with these:

— July 2008A gunman named Jim David Adkisson, agitated at how “liberals” are “destroying America,” walks into a Unitarian Church and opens fire, killing two churchgoers and wounding four others.

— October 2008Two neo-Nazis are arrested in Tennessee in a plot to murder dozens of African-Americans, culminating in the assassination of President Obama.

— December 2008: A pair of “Patriot” movement radicals — the father-son team of Bruce and Joshua Turnidge, who wanted “to attack the political infrastructure” — threaten a bank in Woodburn, Oregon, with a bomb in the hopes of extorting money that would end their financial difficulties, for which they blamed the government. Instead, the bomb goes off and kills two police officers. The men eventually are convicted and sentenced to death for the crime.

Not only that, the language from the right is increasingly casting liberals as “America-hating, totalitarian, domestic enemies,” as described by David Bernstein of the Boston Phoenix, in his article Desert Storm: How the GOP and the Sunset State nurture the lunatic fringe. Conservatives say the words are to be taken as metaphors or even entertainment.  If they don’t mean anything, why do they say them?  And, where should society draw the line?

And, how would conservatives react if liberals started showing up at political rallies with guns?

Jan 8: This is not your grandfather’s Republican Party
Jan 8th, 2011 by Sam


Tony Schinella,
Richard Kazimer, media veteran
Steve Meacham, City Life/VidaUrbana

Tony and Richard join us to talk about:

– Republican strategy with the new congress re debt ceiling, spending cuts,

– reading of the constitution and leaving out the slavery unpleasantness,

– Daley nomination and what it means for banking regulation,

– should Dems get on board with Obama or not? What should the Dem strategy be for next two years…

Steve Meacham joins us to talk about City Life/Vida Urbana street action next week to keep people in their houses when the banks are foreclosing.

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