Northing to Fear-FDR and America- Adam Cohen

August 14, 2017

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show, The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, my guest is Adam Cohen, author of Nothing to Fear, FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Day that created Modern America, and a member of the NY Times’ editorial board. His book can be found at the Penguin Book site: http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781594201967,00.html

Our subject will be his book, and its relevance to today’s America and his thoughts on what is happening vis-à-vis: politics, government, and new era anti-politics.

Adam Cohen is a lawyer and an author, who has a particular interest in legal issues, politics and technology. Before joining the Times editorial board in 2002, he was a senior writer at Time, where he wrote about the Supreme Court, Internet privacy and the Microsoft antitrust case, among other topics.

Prior to entering journalism, he was an education-reform lawyer, and a lawyer for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala. He is the author of, "The Perfect Store: Inside eBay" and co-author of "American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley, His Battle for Chicago and the Nation." A native of Manhattan, he is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

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Nazis in America- John Loftus

August 14, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM my guest is John Loftus and we are going to discuss “Nazis in America, and how they got there and why.”

John J. Loftus is a former Army Officer, former Federal Prosecutor and noted historian. He is included among the few ever to have held COSMIC security clearances, including code word, NATO, and nuclear Top Secrets.  For decades he has worked without pay as an attorney to help other law abiding intelligence agents blow the whistle on government corruption.  He is the author of seven books, two of which were international best sellers and one was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  

Loftus is a graduate of Boston College (BA, 1971) and Suffolk University (JD, 1977). He served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1974, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. He began working for the US Department of Justice in 1977 and in 1979 joined their Office of Special Investigations, which was charged with prosecuting and deporting Nazi war criminals in the US.

His 60 Minutes expose of Nazis war criminals working for US intelligence won the 1982 Emmy Award for outstanding investigative journalism.  Since then he has been a frequent intelligence contributor for network television including CNN, ABC, and Fox.  Several of his books have been made into television movies.  American Secrets, a documentary film about his research into America’s finest families who funded Hitler, will soon be released in movie theaters nationwide. Now that the classification clock has expired after thirty years, Mr. Loftus’ most recent book, America’s Nazi Secret, reveals for the first time what the US Justice Department has been censoring from the view of the American people.  He rips the lid off the US connection to the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, and other Middle Eastern terrorist groups.

Mr. Loftus currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida and writes a weekly intelligence column, Spyview, for Ami Magazine in New York.  He is the President of the international Intelligence Summit, and is the past President (and first Irish Catholic President) of the Florida Holocaust Museum. 

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Espionage and Resistance in Europe during WW II- Alan Furst

August 14, 2017

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show, The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, my guest is author Alan Furst and our discussion is about his writings that take place in Europe during the period right before WWII along with the early years of its conflict, regarding the average European, who is caught up in the intrigue and resistance.

Alan Furst was born and raised in Manhattan. He lived in the South of France—as a Fulbright Teaching fellow at the Faculte des Lettres at the University of Montpellier, then in Seattle, where he worked for the City of Seattle Arts Commission.

He wrote for magazines—travel pieces and book reviews for Esquire, and wrote and published four novels. Returning to France, he lived in Paris, wrote a weekly column for The International Herald Tribune, and wrote his first historical espionage novel, Night Soldiers (Houghton Mifflin, 1988). This was followed by Dark Star (Houghton Mifflin,1991), The Polish Officer (Random House, 1995), The World at Night (Random House, 1996), Red Gold (Random House, 1999), Kingdom of Shadows (Random House, 2000), Blood of Victory (Random House, 2002), Dark Voyage (Random House 2004), The Foreign Correspondent (Random House 2006), The Spies of Warsaw (Random House 2008) and Spies of the Balkans (random House 2010.)

All the above titles are available from Random House Trade Paperbacks, and in the United Kingdom from Orion Books. His novels have been translated into seventeen languages.          

In 2002, Alan Furst was featured in an advertisement for Absolut vodka, for which he wrote the copy, in the style of his novels.

Furst received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1962 and an M.A. from Penn State in 1967.

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Frances Perkins-America’s Greatest Cabinet Secretary- Dr. Chris Breiseth

August 14, 2017

On Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:00 Noon, I will be hosting my show The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, my guest is Dr. Chris Breiseth, the Chairman of the Board of the Frances Perkins Center, of Damariscotta, Me.

Dr. Christopher N. Breiseth is the immediate past president and CEO of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, which is located at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. He served in that position from 2001 to 2008. He was president of Deep Springs College in California from 1980 to 1983 and of Wilkes University from 1984 to 2001. He earned his B.A. in history at UCLA, a Masters of Literature in Modern British History from Oxford and a Ph.D. in European History from Cornell.

While at Cornell, he lived at the Telluride House, where Frances Perkins was a guest for the last five years of her life. During that period she taught at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Together, Breiseth and Miss Perkins organized two seminars for house members, one with Henry A. Wallace, the other with James Farley. Following Miss Perkins's death in 1965, Breiseth wrote an article, "The Frances Perkins I Knew," which provides some of the material on Frances Perkins's life at Telluride House for Kirstin Downey's book, "The Woman Behind the New Deal." The article is available on line. He also served for a year and a half in 1967 and 1968 as Chief of Policy Guidance for the Community Action Program which was part of the Office of Economic Opportunity, President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty.

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Klara’s Journey- A flight to freedom- Ben Frank

August 14, 2017

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at 11:00 am, I am hosting my show, The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, my guest is Ben G. Frank, journalist, travel writer and author of Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond.

Ben G. Frank, author, journalist, is considered one of this country’s most distinguished travel writers and commentators on Jewish communities around the world.

With the publication of The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond, he breaks new ground in reporting on far-flung exotic Jewish outposts

He is the author of A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe 3rd edition, A Travel Guide to Jewish Russia and Ukraine and A Travel Guide to the Jewish Caribbean and South America.

A former newspaper reporter with the New Haven Register and Elizabeth Daily Journal, he has published articles in Hadassah Magazine, Reform Judaism Magazine, National Jewish Monthly of B’nai B’rith, Jewish Frontier, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Jewish Press, Jewish Exponent, Jewish Week, as well as The New Haven Register, Inside Chappaqua Magazine, and Inside Magazine, Philadelphia, PA.

His books have been cited and reviewed in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Pittsburgh Press, the Miami Herald, and Journal News, White Plains, N.Y.

Frank has given talks at Jewish Book Fairs, synagogues and temples. His many lectures include, “Tolerance and Identity: Jews in Early New York, 1654–1825,” at the Museum of the City of New York, as well as a talk at the 92nd Street Y. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV talk-shows.

He is a B.A., cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. graduate of the Center of Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University. He has been active in such professional organizations as the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Overseas Press Club, the American Jewish Public Relations Society and the Pacific Area Travel Association.

Frank is president of The Frank Promotion Corp., a public relations firm, specializing in radio-tv talk-shows.

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The Myths of the Southern Secession -Prof. Anne Sarah Rubin

August 14, 2017

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show, The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, my guest is Professor Anne Sarah Rubin and our subject is the “Myths of Southern Secession,” in the 150th year since the start of the American Civil War.

Anne Sarah Rubin is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Her book A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy (UNC, 2005) received the 2006 Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians, for the most original book on the Civil War era.  She was a co-author of the award-winning Valley of the Shadow, an interactive history of the Civil War in two communities.  She is currently working on a multi-media study of the memory of Sherman's March, entitled Through the Heart of Dixie:  Sherman's March and America, for which she received a 2007 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship.  She graduated with a BA from Princeton University and was awarded an MA and PhD from the University of Virginia.

 

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The Republican Right vs. Chrisitianity -David Kennedy

August 14, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, my guest in the first show of 2012 is David M. Kennedy.

David was born and raised in Sherman, Texas, a part of the country he now calls the safe harbor for conservative hypocrisy.  At the age of 53, he and his wife of 30 years moved to Ridgway, Colorado, which they now call home.  Ridgway is the location for the filming of the original True Grit.

 By profession, David is a trial lawyer who has focused the last 20 years of his practice to the representation of those injured and abused in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.  He has lectured on elderly abuse, the detection and prevention of the same, and is a firm believer that government funded programs are vital to the very health and safety of our seniors.  He also believes the conservative movement in this country that directly attacks the social safety nets, as well as efforts at tort reform, have and will result in even more neglect to the most vulnerable among us.

Raised a Baptist, David credits the Christian Coalition=s Voter Guide push in America=s churches as his wake-up call that something was seriously amiss within established Christian denominations, and that was the influential politics of the Christian Right.  Due to the undesirable presence of conservative politics, David moved his family from his life-long church to a new Baptist church, becoming the chairman of deacons and one of the first elders chosen to lead that church.  He then left with others to establish a non-denominational church that became the first religious organization to be permitted to hold church in the local public school district facilities of his community.

Hearing the constant rhetoric of the approaching 2010 elections, David decided it was time to rededicate his life to his Christian faith.  His first act was to author You Voted For Who? And You Call Yourself A Christian?, the title being the actual quoted rebuke his wife received from one of her conservative Christian friends upon being told that she had voted for Barack Obama.  The book applies a biblical analysis to challenge that conservative mantra of the usual political wedge issues that always drives the evangelical Christians to support the Republican Party.  The book may be purchased through his website dedicated to fighting what he calls the good fight against the Christian Right, as well as on Amazon.com.

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The Tea Party, Conservatism and the Courts-Jeffrey Rosen

August 14, 2017

Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show, The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, my guest is Professor Jeffrey Rosen, of George Washington University’s School of Law, and our subject is: the Courts, Conservatism and the Tea Party.  This past Sunday’s NY Times’  Week in Review section, featured on the front page Professor Rosen’s article, “If Scalia Had His Way…”, please read!                             

Jeffrey Rosen is a professor of law at The George Washington University, and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. His most recent book is The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America. He also is the author of The Most Democratic Branch, The Naked Crowd, and The Unwanted Gaze. Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale Law School.

Professor Rosen's essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America and the L.A. Times called him, "the nation's most widely read and influential legal commentator."

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Climate Change: Publi Policy Failures-Prof .Howard Latin

August 14, 2017

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 12:00 am, I am hosting my show, The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, my guest is Rutgers Professor Howard Latin, the author of Climate Change Failure: Why conventional mitigation approaches cannot succeed!  Professor Latin will discuss why our current policies regarding climate are not working.

Howard A. Latin is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Justice John J. Francis Scholar at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. He joined the Rutgers faculty in 1976 after earning a B.A. from Brandeis and a J.D. from the Law School of the University of California at Berkeley, where he was the lead articles editor of the California Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

In his 37 years as a law professor, he has published many highly-regarded articles on environmental law, toxic substances, torts, and products liability. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia during 1992 and in South Africa during 1997, and he has traveled to more than 40 countries in the past three decades while conducting research on biodiversity conservation and climate change issues.  In addition to the Fulbright visits, Professor Latin has been a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and the UCLA School of Law; a visiting scholar at the Rockefeller Bellagio Study Center in Lake Como, Italy, the University of California Law School at Berkeley, and the Richardson School of Law of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu; and he was the Distinguished Environmental Law Visiting Scholar at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.  Professor Latin is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and has served as a consultant on environmental law and product safety to several government agencies and public advocacy groups.

He has recently completed a book, Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed, that explains why current national and international mitigation programs would achieve too little greenhouse gas reductions over too long a period of time, and consequently would not be able to stabilize or curtail steadily increasing climate change risks. Professor Latin has also completed a long book chapter on climate change problems, "Framing Global Climate Change", in Climate Change: A Reader, William H. Rodgers, Jr., et al., eds. And he is now working on an article about India and its high probability of climate change disasters, while the nation must choose among alternative precautionary climate policies.

Professor Latin’s favorite recreational pastime is scuba diving with sharks and marine mammals, preferably hundreds at a time. He has been fortunate to combine his recreational interest in scuba diving with his professional interest in marine conservation issues around the world.

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The War Against the New Deal- 80 Years of revisionism-Nick taylor

August 13, 2017

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show, The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM , my guest Mr. Nick Taylor is the author of “American –Made, The Enduring Legacy of the WPA, When FDR put the Nation to Work.” Mr. Taylor appeared on The Advocates on July, 16, 2008, and December 17, 2008.

Mr. Taylor wrote an Op-Ed contribution that was published in the NY Times, “FDR Knew How to Spend Carefully,” Nick Taylor has written ten books of non-fiction, both solely and in collaboration, on a wide variety of subjects.  His history of the Works Progress Administration, American-Made - The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work, was published in 2008 to wide acclaim.

Taylor’s other subjects include tournament bass fishing, the Mafia, and life in a small church. His memoir, A Necessary End recounts a baby boomer’s growing concern and care for his parents in their final years.  His story of an intrepid Israeli’s journey into the German neo-Nazi underground, In Hitler’s Shadow, written with Yaron Svoray, was adapted as the HBO feature movie, The Infiltrator, starring Oliver Platt.  His account of a Mafia family in the government’s Witness Protection Program, Sins of the Father, is currently under a motion picture option.  Laser, published in 2009, tells the story of the laser’s true inventor and his thirty-year fight to win the patents that would make him rich.  And he worked with astronaut and Senator John Glenn on the bestselling, John Glenn: A Memoir.

His pro bono work includes four years as president of the Authors Guild, the oldest and largest organization of published writers in the United States, which advocates for authors’ rights.  He is a native of western North Carolina who today lives in Greenwich Village with his wife Barbara Nevins Taylor, who is an investigative reporter for Fox TV’s New York station Fox 5 and also teaches broadcast news writing at Brooklyn College.  

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