Nicole Sandler Radio or Not Show

I was on Nicole Sandler’s Radio or Not show Monday. (You might know Nicole as the person who took over Randi Rhodes’ radio show when Randi wasn’t able to be there.)

Click here and then slide it to 1:38:12. It was a really good segment. We were talking about my recent post on Mitch McConnell’s threat to shut down the government if Obama won’t sign legislation to dismantle the government. Of course, you can also listen to the whole show.

Nicole does a 2 hour show, Mon-Fri, live from 10-noon ET. She is on youtube and 3 audio streams live… Plus a 24/7 tunein channel that carries the show live, and runs the most recent 5 shows back to back. Each morning’s show repeats at 3Pm ET.

The tunein url is, but it’s also accessible from the tunein app or directly from The podcast is also on itunes (click here), Stitcher or any other podcasting service.

Nicole’s show is always free, but listener supported.

Virtually Speaking Tonite 6PT / 9ET

6p pt/9pm et – Avedon Carol & Dave Johnson

Shortsighted centrism empowers republicans while implementing bad policy. Triangulation backfires, as with immigration or misses opportunities, as with the ACA, SS benefit cuts, gay marriage. Policy and political concerns would be much more successful if widely popular, effective polices were adopted. Instead, we get Rahm’s memo. Plus political satire from @Bobblespeak

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The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

Obama’s Asia Trip: Hear What’s At Stake For Workers

I discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and what President Obama’s trip to Asia could mean for American workers on “The Sunday Show with Philip Maldari” Sunday morning, on KPFA-FM in Berkeley, Calif.

Listen to the full show here:

With me on the show was Tim Shorrock, a journalist raised in Japan and Korea who’s been writing about Asia and trade; and “War! What Is It Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots,” with Ian Morris, Prof. of Classics and History, Stanford University.

Across the board now people are seeing what these trade deals have done to the country – more than 50,000 factories lost, millions of jobs gone, the ability to buy things marked “Made In America” all but obliterated. It is undeniable. I’ve previously written about the recent New York Times editorial on this, which indicates how even the elites are feeling it.

The trade deficit is the number to use to understand the damage done by these trade agreements, of which NAFTA is a symbol.

Imagine $500 billion of orders coming in to American businesses located inside America, in one year – that’s way more than the 2009 Recovery Act “stimulus” was. Then imagine that every year. That is what the current trade deficit represents

So now all the promises made about what these trade deals would bring us have fallen flat. All the propaganda can’t keep us from seeing what these trade deals have done to our economy and our middle class.

Watch: What One-Sided Trade Pacts Are Doing To Our Jobs

I was on “The Nicole Sandler Show” recently talking about the one-sided trade agreements we’ve been tricked into and the damage they do to the economy. It’s also quite entertaining. Seriously, it is. Bad puns, jokes and, of course, Nicole!!

On the show I talk about what the 2012 $540 billion trade deficit means. “Imagine if factories in America got orders for $540 billion of goods… the economy would be booming. … that was just one year of our trade deficit.”

The show was partly based on my recent post, New Fast-Track Bill Means Higher Trade Deficits and Lost Jobs.

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PS Nicole and I are buddies and I’m on the show once in a while, so I can get away with terrible jokes and puns.

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF. Sign up here for the CAF daily summary

This Was Good

Last night’s Virtually Speaking was really good, and you can listen to it here:

Commentators Dave Johnson (Campaign for America’s Future) & Cliff Schecter (Libertas LLC) discuss:

1) Good public policy as popular public policy. A government jobs program with a minimum wage increase would be both. Moral Mondays as an example of bringing public opinion to bare. Gillibrand’s populist “Opportunity Agenda.”

2) Political satirist CoT’s most ridiculous moment from the morning gabfest.

3) Potential progressive options to Clinton (Sanders, Schweitzer, O’Malley) and the impact they may have on the Democratic Party, and Clinton’s positions and campaign.

Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @CliffSchecter @DCJohnson @Bobblespeak @JayAckroyd.

Virtually Speaking Tonite 6pm PT – 9pm ET

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Dave Johnson & Cliff Schecter offer a counterpoint to the Sunday morning media shows. Jay Ackroyd hosts. Likely:

• The return of the austerity and grand bargain narratives, including the appointment of New Democrats Chris Van Hollen, James Clyburn and Nita Lowey to the budget negotiation committee.

• GOP in disarray. Are the Teahadists chastened or emboldened by the loss?

• PPACA. Particularly the tension between identifying problems and defending it from attack

Plus satirical commentary from Culture of Truth.

Follow @DCJohnson @CliffSchecter @JayAckroyd @Bobblespeak

The VS Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, Dave Dayen, Dave Johnson, Dave Waldman, Digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler & Stuart Zechman.

Listen live or later

Virtually Speaking Tonite 6pm PT – 9pm ET

Virtually Speaking Sundays – 6p PT/9p ET

Political & social commentators Dave Johnson & David Waldman & Jay Ackroyd offer a counter point to the Sunday morning talk shows. Plus political satire from Culture of Truth.

This week: #Gunfail in the NYTimes. Obamacare launch. Republican infighting. War vs diplomacy.

Follow @dcjohnson @kagroX @JayAckroyd @Bobblespeak

The VS Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, Dave Dayen, Dave Johnson, Dave Waldman, Digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler & Stuart Zechman.

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Virtually Speaking 9ET / 6PT – Me, Gaius Publius, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd

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Who are ‘we the people’? How might clear majorities of people prevail given that all the electeds (mostly) are against us? Dave Johnson, Gaius Publius, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd consider the political environment often described as left, right, center and the inverse relationship between the views of the people with power and the general populace.

For example, large majorities in both Republican-supporting voters and Dem-supporting voters favor No Cuts to Education, Medicare and Social Security.

How do we bring this popular coalition together in a way that wins? What are our best strategies for doing that?

Virtually Speaking Sundays: Marcy Wheeler & Dave Waldman

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Tonite (Sunday) at 6p PT / 9pm ET you can listen to Marcy Wheeler and Dave Waldman discuss current events with Jay Ackroyd. Plus satire from Culture of Truth. Syria? Gunfail?

Follow @emptywheel @kagroX @jayackroyd @bobblespeak

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On Ed Schultz and Randi Rhodes Today Talking Jobs

I’ll be on the Ed Schultz radio show at 2:30pm ET and then on Randi Rhodes at 5:30pm ET talking JOBS! Jobs fix deifict and jobs fix lives.

Update — 30 seconds before I’m on the air with Mike Papantonio who was filling in for Schultz, the producer says, Hey we’re going to talk about Syria instead. So if you listened, how did I do at completely winging it?

Virtually Speaking Tonite (And You Can Listen Later)


Political & social commentators Dave Johnson & Gaius Publius compare notes from their observations, investigations and considerations of the past week. Jay Ackroyd moderates.

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Content details & background here.

Virtually Speaking Tonite at 9ET/6PT

I’ll be on Virtually Speaking at 6PT with Americablog’s Gaius Publius talking about a number of things. Gaius has a great writeup over at Americablog: Programming note: Gaius & Dave Johnson on Virtually Speaking Sundays tonight

6p PT/9p ET Listen live or later:


Time: 9pm ET tonight (Sunday)
Who: Dave Johnson, Jay Ackroyd, myself; satire by Culture of Truth
Where: Virtually Speaking at Blog Talk Radio