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

Mar 3: Talking Keystone XL with DeSmogBlog
Mar 2nd, 2012 by Sam

Part 1: Keystone with DeSmogBlog 2012-03-03-samantha-clemens-p1-desmogblog.mp3

Part 2: Military Families Foundation 2012-03-03-samantha-clemens-p2-military-families.mp3

The Keystone XL Pipeline – for it or against it?

Brendan DeMelle, Executive Director of DeSmogBlog, will join us to talk about Keystone XL, tar sands, fracking, and how to transition to a clean economy (without going broke).

Named “Top 25 Best Blogs in 2011” by Time magazine, DeSmogBlog is the world’s number one source for accurate, fact based information regarding global warming misinformation campaigns. Call in to tell us why we’re wrong or why we’re right. Studio line: 617 237 1234.


We’ll be joined by Sarah C. Keller-Likins, Executive Director of the Military Friends Foundation, 501(c)3, which serves Massachusetts National Guard, Reserve and Families of Fallen Service Members.  She’ll tell us of the challenges faced by our soldiers now that they are finally returning home to Massachusetts.  Here are some of their stories:


Feb 25: Casino Battle Royal!!!
Feb 25th, 2012 by Sam

In case you missed it:

Part 1 – Samantha’s comprehensive two birds /one stone solution for military spending and energy consumption. 2012-02-25-samantha-clemens-p1-military-petroleum-tax.mp3

Part 2 – The casino debate! 2012-02-25-samantha-clemens-p2-casinos-myers-monahan.mp3

The debate rages on the benefit of casinos in the Commonwealth…

Michael Monahan, business manager at the local 103, will be discussing the benefits.

Local businesswoman and founding member of No Eastie Casino, Celeste Myers, will be discussing the disadvantages.

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



Feb 11: Coakley Forecloses on Banks
Feb 11th, 2012 by Sam

Homeowners Strike Back!

Five major banks have agreed to a 25 billion dollar settlement for “causing” the foreclosure crisis. Massachusetts will receive $300 million of that money. Was it enough? Was it too much?

Join Samantha tomorrow as she welcomes real estate writer for the Business section of The Boston Globe, Jenifer B. McKim, as they discuss the recent settlement.

For more


If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, which planets are Democrats and Republicans from? Did we evolve into liberals or conservatives or were we born this way?

Feb 4: Komen Caves and Football Games
Feb 4th, 2012 by Sam

Susan B. Komen for the Cure has caved to pressure from outside forces and has stopped funding Planned Parenthood.  Tricia Wajda, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood joins us to talk about the Komen Foundation caving to the right-wing and then bending back again…

And for the second half of the show…

Are sports a proxy for war?

Does football epitomize the male infatuation with violently conquering others while exploiting members of the fairer sex?

Is Samantha too much of a “chick” to get it? (Don’t worry fellas, Producer Aaron will set her straight).

Jan 28: Jimmy Tingle is running for President
Jan 27th, 2012 by Sam

Samantha talks about the American Dream: Samantha commentary about the American Dream

Jimmy Tingle: Jimmy Tingle

This week:

Tired of your choices for president?
Looking for a candidate who represents you?
Do you want a presidential candidate who people laugh with, and not at?
Then cast your vote for the internationally known Boston comedian, Jimmy Tingle!

Even though Jimmy Tingle isn’t actually on the ballot, you can still listen to Samantha Clemens interview him about his faux run for president and his new video “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream.”

Jimmy is one of the top social and political humorists in America.  He was a commentator and humorist for 60 Minutes II where he created, wrote, edited, and performed television essays for national broadcast on 60 Minutes II News Magazine television show under Supervisor and Executive Producer Jeff Fager.  He has also been a commentator and humorist for MSNBC, contributing to freewheeling discussions, commentaries, and debates with other “FRIENDS” of the show including Anne Coulter, Lawrence O’Donnell, Jonathan Alter, and Laura Ingraham under Supervisor and Senior Producer Steve Lewis.

Let Jimmy hear from his future constituents by calling the listener line at 617 237 1234!

Listen to The Samantha Clemens Show every Saturday from 10-11 am on AM 1510 and on

Jan 21: The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism
Jan 21st, 2012 by Sam

Vanessa Williamson: Vanessa Williamson

Samantha comments on the Tea Party: 2012-01-21-samantha-clemens-p2-commentary-superpacs.mp3

The Tea Party isn’t making the same headlines, but the people are still out there and they are voting. Want to know more? We interview Vanessa Williamson, co-author of “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.”

From a review in the New York Times:

“…the Tea Partiers’ anti-­government ideology is tempered by quiet support for Social Security and Medicare. That’s because the activists themselves tend to be middle-aged or older. Tea Partiers aren’t opposed to government benefits per se, according to Skocpol and Williamson; rather, they’re opposed to “unearned” government benefits, which in practice ends up meaning any benefits extended to African-­Americans, Latinos, immigrants (especially undocumented ones) and the young. A poll of South Dakota Tea Party supporters found that 83 percent opposed any Social Security cuts, 78 percent opposed any cuts to Medicare prescription-drug coverage, and 79 percent opposed cuts in Medicare reimbursements to physicians and hospitals. “So much for the notion that Tea Partiers are all little Dick Armeys,” Skocpol and Williamson write. The small government Tea Partiers favor is one where I get mine and most others don’t get much at all.”

Remember to listen to the Samantha Clemens Show this and every Saturday only on AM 1510 The Revolution Boston and

Jan 14: New Hampshire…The Boys of the GOP love it and leave it!
Jan 14th, 2012 by Sam

Tony Schinella, 2012-01-14-samantha-clemens-tony-schinella-primaries.Mp3

Poor New Hampshire sits alone atop Massachusetts with nothing to show for her love affair with the boys of the GOP. The Granite State, which was once the focus of attention for the country’s most eligible candidates, sits quietly in her room with no date to the prom and memories of the greatest time in her young life.

Now as the boys of the GOP run to the arms of South Carolina, the Palmetto State looks forward to the attention she’s about to receive. SC knows what’ll happen. Just like New Hampshire and Iowa before her, she’ll be alone with a broken heart, only to pick up the pieces left behind.


Maybe she can learn from the other states. Maybe she doesn’t need the “safe” Mitt Romney to be her number one man. Maybe Newt Gingrich will be her guy. I’m sure all the things written about him in the girls bathroom aren’t true. Nobody could be that cruel. Right?

How about Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum or Ron Paul? Will they be honest about their feelings or will they tell her what she wants to hear just so they can get a little action?

Maybe she can get the incredibly handsome Rick Perry to stop playing X-box and smoking weed for a few minutes to show her a little love. Maybe.

The one thing South Carolina knows is that she’ll never end up like New Hampshire. She knows it’ll be love this time. She know she’ll have a date to the prom. She just knows it.

**To help us understand the tale of New Hampshire and South Carolina,’s Tony Schinella will be on The Samantha Clemens Show this Saturday at 10am on The Revolution Boston AM 1510 and**

Listener lines will be open. Be sure to call Samantha at 617 237 1234 to get your voice heard!

Jan 7: Bachmann, Santorum, Overdrive!
Jan 7th, 2012 by Sam

Martha Fuller Clark


Glen Johnson


This Saturday’s show:

Santorum’s Surge
Romney’s Rage
Bachmann’s Bowing Out

Join Samantha on her first show of the New Year as she welcomes’s Political Intelligence editor, Glen Johnson!

The two will break down the recent Iowa Caucus and prepare us for the New Hampshire primary!

  • Will it be Romney on top again?
  • Will Santorum pick up where Bachmann left off?
  • Is Perry next to go?

Also joining the show: Vice Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Martha Fuller Clark!

This is not your mother’s New Hampshire.  Free Staters and ALEC are all having an impact on the state. Get the lowdown on how NH has changed, the tactics in use, and what it portends for other states and the country.   Check this out…

In New Hampshire, Republican state legislators seem to believe education is no longer something they should require. Via ThinkProgress:

Today the GOP-controlled Senate passed HB 542, which effectively ends compulsory education for New Hampshire students. Their House colleagues approved the measure earlier last year.

No, seriously. It ends compulsory education, and it’s been passed by both houses of the Legislature? Really? Really.   Here’s what it says.

 IX-c. Require school districts to adopt a policy allowing an exception to specific course material based on a parent’s or legal guardian’s determination that the material is objectionable. Such policy shall include a provision requiring the parent or legal guardian to notify the school principal or designee in writing of the specific material to which they object and a provision requiring an alternative agreed upon by the school district and the parent, at the parent’s expense, sufficient to enable the child to meet state requirements for education in the particular subject area. The name of the parent or legal guardian and any specific reasons disclosed to school officials for the objection to the material shall not be public information and shall be excluded from access under RSA 91-A.

As worded, any parent could object to the entire curriculum and substitute whatever they wanted instead, with no measurement or assessment or accountability for that “alternative material” requirement, which means compulsory education would be dead, dead, dead.  Crooks and Liars, January 5, 2012

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