Friday, July 24, 2009

We Made It To Friday!

The weekend has arrived, but I still have tonight's Air America radio show to do before I rest!

Yes, tonight we will once again deal with health care... I'll update you on some of the stories we dealt with this week. For instance, what happened with Anthony Weiner's single payer amendment today? I'll tell you tonight.

We'll also get an update from Dr. Ogan Gurel, who's checked in with us a few times during his 700-mile walk from Chicago to Washington DC. He's meeting people along the route and gathering their health care stories to call attention to the nightmare that is the health care system in the US. Follow his progress at

Dr. Gurel will arrive in Washington DC on Sunday, in time to participate in "The People's Rally: Medicare For All Now" at Malcolm X Park (16th & Euclid St. NW) from 1-4pm. On Monday, he'll be meeting with some of our elected officials who are currently debating (read:fighting) over the health care bills they're supposed to be marking up! He'll be back with us Monday night to give us a postscript on his walk, and a preview of what he'll do next.

Since we must sprinkle some fun and enjoyment in with our politics and activism, I try to branch out especially on Friday nights. And tonight is no different....

In just a couple of weeks, we'll mark the 40th anniversary of Woodstock! Tonight, I'll be joined by Eliot Tiber, without whom Woodstock would not have happened. He wrote his story in a book titled, Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, A Concert, and A Life.

The book will soon hit the big screen too. The film "Taking Woodstock," directed by Ang Lee, opens nationwide August 28, and tells Eliot Tiber's story of coming to the rescue when the promoters couldn't get a permit, and didn't have a venue! It's a fun story of one of the greatest moments of a generation.

Check out the trailer...

I hope you'll join me tonight! Listen live here, call in at 866-303-2270, and participate in the live chat here.