Monday, April 27, 2009

Swine and slime

You know those days when it seems the synapses aren't firing correctly; when it seems like the brain and tongue just aren't communicating?  I had one of those days today... and it's magnified a thousand times when you're speaking into a microphone hosting a talk show!

Luckily, I had some articulate guests who were able to speak clearly when answering the questions I bungled but ultimately asked....

Stewart Acuff of the AFL-CIO joined me to explain everything we need to know about the Employee Free Choice Act.  He's the assistant to AFL-CIO President Sweeney, and is currently touring the country educating people state by state about the bill.  He wrote about it Friday for Huffington Post.      Hear my interview with Steward Acuff by clicking here.

We then moved on to the big day that's coming Wednesday:  President Obama's 100th Day in Office.  I figured we'd hit the ground running on Day #98 by speaking with Rob Farley, staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times' division-- which just won the Pulitzer Prize.

They're keeping track of the roughly 514 promised candidate Obama made on the campaign trail, and are tallying up the promises kept, promises broken, along with those that are labeleled stalled, in progress, compromise and no action taken. 

Possibly the biggest story of the day is two-fold, with both sides featuring the swine flu!  First, to get the medical perspective, I spoke with Dr. Sean Kenniff.  You might know the name as he was one of the cast members in the first season of Survivor!  But he is really a neurologist (so, yes, he is a brain surgeon... though not a rocket scientist!)

Since leaving the show, he's been a medical correspondent for CBS television and radio, he currently hosts a weekend show on 850 WFTL in Ft. Lauderdale, and launched a medical website,

After we got the physical health specifics, we turned to the economic impact of a possible pandemic, and found out how the Republicans stripped $900 million from the stimulus package that would have come in really handy right about now.  You must read John Nichols' piece, GOP Know-Nothings Fought Pandemic Preparedness, from The Nation.  We were lucky enough to get him on the phone at the last minute today to explain how the Republicans continue to get away with their lack of concern for the country's well-being.

Tomorrow's show promises to be a great one.  Of course, we'll keep an eye on the swine flu progress... But I'll be joined in the first hour by Rick Reyes.  You've likely seen him on video this week, or heard about his testimony before the Senate Armed Service Committee last week.

Here's a video produced by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films, who joined me on the air a couple of weeks ago, from Cpl. Reyes' testimony:


I'll also speak with NY Times Bestselling author Neil Strauss about his new book, Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life, which comes at a perfect time for all who are worried about life after a pandemic guts the earth, or a total global economic meltdown... or both!