Capitalizing on Disaster?

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Naomi Klein discusses her new book “The Shock Doctrine,” a theory on how right-wing politicians exploit disasters like Katrina and 9/11 to further conservative economic policies. Also, we get reaction to Hillary Clinton’s health care speech, get an update on Brooklyn's Surrogate Court Judge elections today, look at what Hurricane Katrina can teach us about race and class, and find out where our listeners discuss politics.


Naomi Klein

Hillary's Health Care Plan

Dr. Jeanne Lambrew, former senior health analyst at the National Economic Council under President Clinton, associate professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

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Judging the Primary

Jonathan Hicks, political reporter for the New York Times, reports on the one race people are paying attention to in this off-year primary election: The Brooklyn Surrogate's Court judge.

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Learning from Katrina

Margaret Crocco, professor of social studies and education at Teachers College, Columbia University and Bob Herbert, New York Times columnist and author of Promises Betrayed: Waking up from the American Dream, (Times Books, 2005) explain how they use the Hurricane Katrina aftermath to teach about race and class in the ...

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Capitalizing on Disaster

Naomi Klein, Canadian anti-globalism activist and author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Metropolitan Books, 2007) says corporate capitalism exploits catastrophes (like Katrina, 9/11, the tsunami) to gain control of markets.

The Shock Doctrine is available for purchase at

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Open Phones: Where Do You Talk Politics?

It's not just the barber shop, the office, the local bar, or the gym - where do you and your friends discuss politics? Call in or leave a comment.

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Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein

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Author Naomi Klein discusses her new book and happily declines to endorse an American Presidential candidate on the Brian Lehrer Show, ...


Margaret Crocco

Margaret Crocco

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Professor Margaret Crocco of COlumbia University explains how she uses the Hurrican Katrina disaster to teach about race and class in America on ...


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