Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Doing Time for Ron Kuby today

Ron Kuby will be out, so yours truly will be sitting in the Air America host chair once again today, from noon-3 ET. The phone lines will be open at 866-303-2270, and you can listen live from anywhere in the world at www.airamerica.com.

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We've got a busy show on tap for today...

In the first hour, I'll be joined by Ali A. Allawi, former Minister of Trade, Defense and Finance in the Iraqi Postwar government. He's the author of the 2007 book, The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace, and his new one, The Crisis of Islamic Civilization.

In the second hour, we'll examine the question I've long tried to figure out... is it really necessary to improve on an orgasm? OK, that's really the sidebar to the story of David Carradine, who was found dead, hanging in the closet of a Bangkok, Thailand hotel room. Just a few months ago, Chris Willman (former LA Times/Entertainment Weekly writer) blogged on HuffPo about a weird encounter with the star, and he'll join me today to recount the events of that evening, and speculate about how Carradine met his demise. Along the way, I'm sure we'll delve slightly into the dark world of auto-erotic asphyxiation.

And in the wake of the murder of Dr. George Tillman, and the pronouncement by his alleged murderer that more will follow, I'll be joined by Frank Schaeffer, at 1:30 ET. Frank was my guest on this program last month, and it was one of the most interesting interviews I've had the pleasure of conducting, and the one that elicited the most response as well.

Frank grew up the son of the founder of the Religious Right movement, and details his journey to sanity in his latest book, Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of it Back. And, of course, we'll chat about the news of the day, and take your calls too...

And as I was leaving NYC on Sunday, waiting for the bus to take me from outside of Grand Central Station to JFK airport, I saw a group of protesters picketing outside of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. So, naturally, I went over to see what their signs said and find out what they were all about.

They were picketing a giant foreclosure sale that was going on inside, and their signs read "Bail out People, not Banks" and "Stop Foreclosures Now" and they were chanting "Give the people back their homes." You get the idea.

It is 2009, so the picket signs included the url www.bailoutpeople.org. Of course, I had to get them on the show today! If you're interested in finding out more, or if you're in danger of losing your home to foreclosure, visit the website, or call 212-633-6646.

Check back later for audio highlights of the show!