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GUESTS FOR TUESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Plenty to grumble about any day, but on this day before the Thanksgiving holiday, what are YOU thankful for?...Call 877-489-9421

- Rona Fried - Founder & CEO of, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. It's "Green Day Wednesday"... AND since it's Thanksgiving this week, we're talking about positive things happening in the world of the green economy that we can be thankful for!! A lot of positive things going on in the world of cleantech, conservation & green energy these days... everything from solar motorcycle factories in India that generate Oxygen, heat & water and why continuing low oil prices may be just the "sweet spot" that renewable energy technologies need to advance!

- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. He is a pollster, blogger, and fill-in radio host on the Leslie Marshall show. You can read his commentaries at Pre-Thanksgiving reflections....

- "Jimmy NJ" (Producer Jim Long) and Sara Billingsley, Jeff Santos Show Sr. Producer and Web Editor join Jeff and Brad for a rare pre-holiday chat! Don't miss it!

- Jim Warren, DC Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, former Managing Editor of the Chicago Tribune. You can read Jim's latest Op Ed HERE.

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Jeff Santos Show 11/25/14

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GUESTS FOR TUESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Odd Decision to Announce Ferguson Grand Jury Decision at 9PM! Residents Devastated That Officer Wilson Will Not Be Charged! Aside from the anger over the lack of charges against officer Darren Wilson, a lot of questions continue to be raised about County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch and how he has run the entire investigation so far. What do YOU think? Will there ever be fairness in the Justice System for African Americans?

- Christof Putzel, award-winning journalist and correspondent forAl Jazeera America's flagship news program America Tonight. He has covered Egypt and Iraq for Al Jazeera America as well as the protests in Brazil leading to the World Cup. Putzel has received two du Pont Awards and was formerly a correspondent forVanguard, Current TV's investigative documentary series. Christof is in Ferguson, Missouri where he has been reporting on the Grand Jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case. The announcement came finally last night at the late hour of 9pm - another strange decision in this very problematic case! We'll find out the latest...

- Becky Pringle, Vice President, National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest labor union and professional association for educators. Ms. Pringle is a middle school science teacher with 31 years of classroom experience. She has served in the NEA leadership for years, including most recently as NEA Secretary-Treasurer. She also has served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). Vice President Pringle spoke to us from Nashville, Tennessee where she was visiting the Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School for Parents Day and will be helping the students conduct a science experiment in one of the school labs there. STEM stands for "Science, Technology, Engineering and Math", and the President has made an educational priority to have more students and teachers proficient in these fields. This event was part of a series of events planned around the country in recognition of American Education Week last week, November 16-22, 2014.[Previously Recorded]

- Jerry Austin, Ohio-based political consultant who has worked for many candidates over the years from Sherrod Brown to Paul Wellstone and as Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Campaign Manager. More on Ferguson...

- Herb Boyd, American journalist, educator, author, and activist based in New York. His articles appear regularly in the "Amsterdam News", and have won him three 1st-place awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists. Boyd has been inducted into both the Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent and the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame as a journalist. He teaches black studies at the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle. When we were speaking with Herb yesterday, we were awaiting the Ferguson Grand Jury verdict when it was originally anticipated that it would be coming at 5pm Eastern Time.... we continue the conversation after the announcement and the first full day in response. Were the media and the police pushing for a more violent response? Many questions remain.

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Jeff Santos Show 11/19/14

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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: The Senate Votes "NO" On The Keystone XL Pipeline! McConnell Says They'll Re-Visit in 2015! Green Day Wednesday Takes a Hopeful Look at Climate Change w/NRDC President Frances Beinecke! What do YOU Think will eventually happen with the Keystone XL Pipeline? And was this Senate vote just a distraction tactic?

- Frances Beinecke, outgoing President of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), "one of the United States' most influential environmental action groups, uses law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to advance comprehensive solutions to today's biggest environmental challenges". President Beinecke will be retiring this December after over 40 years on the forefront of the Environmental movement and fighting Climate Change. She has a new book out -- "The World We Create: A Message of Hope for a Planet in Peril" -- in which she lays out a visionary plan for the United States to tackle climate change and stamp out its carbon footprint in our lifetime. We'll talk with President Beinecke about her new book and hopeful vision for the planet and tackling Climate Change; her thoughts on how the environmental movement has evolved during her time working in the field over the last 40 years; current issues such as the Keystone XL Pipeline project proposal and votes this week to approve in the House and reject in the Senate as well as recent EPA Carbon emissions guidelines, fracking, etc.

- Jonathan Martin is a correspondent with Al Jazeera America, the U.S. cable news channel that covers domestic and international news. You can find Al Jazeera America around the U.S. on Time Warner Cable, Comcast Channel 107, AT&T U-Verse Channel 1219, DirecTV Channel 347, DISH 215 and Verizon FiOS Channel 614. Reporting Live from Ferguson, Missouri where the Governor appears to be ready to call upteh National Guard as soon as the Grand Jury releases its decision in the Michael Brown shooting case.

- Jim Warren, DC Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, former Managing Editor of the Chicago Tribune. A lot going on in D.C. as the House holds votes to determine new leadership breakdown and the Senate creates new positions for its own leadership. And with the House voting Yes on Keystone on Friday and the Senate voting "NO" yesterday, what can we anticipate in 2015? And will there be a vote on President Obama's nominee for Attorney General? or will that be punted until 2015? Check out Jim's blog posts at the Mouth of the Potomac blog, this week he's been writing about the tarnished image of the Secret Service on account of the White House fence jumpers and also about an under-reported Senate vote blocking "overhaul of NSA snooping program."

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Jeff Santos Show 11/12/14

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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Green Day Wednesday - Historic US-China Deal To Cap CO2 Emissions! Chicago Sun Times' Columnist Mark Brown Explores Chicago Election Robo-calls! The President is in China where he announced new joint goals for capping Greenhouse gas emissions. That's a positive move in a green direction for the world, but as a counter to that, we'll ask Rona if having the Republicans in charge of both the House and Senate now is going to slow down gains in moving to a greener, cleaner, U.S. economy.

- Rona Fried - Founder & CEO of, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. It's "Green Day Wednesday" and we catch up on the latest stories Rona's following in the world of Green News...the President is in Asia this week where he announced an historic but "secretly negotiated deal" with China for the two nations to reduce greenhouse gas output. China has agreed to cap emissions by 2030 (or sooner) and to also increase its use of zero-emission energy sources by 20% by then as well. This is the first time China has agreed to cap emissions. "The United States has pledged to cut its emissions to 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025."
We'll ask Rona how things are looking for the green economy, now that the Midterms are over and the Senate has changed hands and will be under Republican control. How did ALEC do? They're already chomping at the bit about the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement may get hurried through as well now...

- Mark Brown, local news columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times where he writes about everything from political corruption to family life. We've been looking into voting irregularities in Chicago last week and the disruptive robocalls sent out to election judges the evening before the election. Our guest has been writing about the robocalls and the post-election fallout at the Chicago Sun-Times, and we'll find out where things are at this point, one week after the election.

- Jim Warren, DC Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, former Managing Editor of the Chicago Tribune. Congress returns to Washington for the first time since the Midterms today...what is the mood in D.C.? We'll do a little post-election politics and then ask Jim Warren, who lives both in Chicago and in Washington D.C., what he thinks about the way the vote was handled in Illinois and especially Chicago last Tuesday. And in consideration of the big loss for the Democrats last Tuesday, Jim's Sunday NY Daily News Op Ed took a look back at "candidate Obama" after his first political "shellacking" in 2000 in defeat against Bobby Rush.

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Jeff Santos Show 11/10/14

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GUESTS FOR MONDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: More Non-Combat Troops to Iraq! And A Look At Voting Irregularities in Chicago! Many problematic details coming out about the Illinois election last week - particularly in Chicago.

- John Businger, Former Massachusetts State Rep from Brookline for 28 years. Chief advocate for the Boston North-South Station Rail Link. Today at 2:30pm Eastern Time, Governor Deval Patrick participated in a ceremony, to designate Boston's South Station as "the Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station", because of the Governor's work over many years with rail transportation and as a former board member at Amtrak. The renaming proposal was included in a recently signed Transportation Bond Bill which also included a "study requirement and right of way preservation directive" for the North-South Station Rail Link.

- John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for the Nation Magazine and co-author of the book Dollarocracy, How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. After a few days of licking their wounds from last week's election, where do progressives go from here? John's latest post at talks about how out of hand the money in this last election was -- making this a "dollarocracy, not democracy". And will get the take from Wisconsin on the voting irregularities and shenanigans in the Chicago election last week. Why are people calling for a recount? Are there votes that haven't been counted? What about those robo-calls to Chicago election judges? The culprit behind the robocalls has been identified! Will there be an investigation?

- Former PA Congressman Patrick Murphy, an Iraq War veteran with the 87th Airborne. He currently hosts the MSNBC program Taking The Hill, which airs monthly on every 4th Sunday. On the eve of Veterans Day, as 1,500 new U.S. Combat troops will be heading to Iraq... we'll discuss the situation for American Veterans, recent changes at the VA, and the big problem of suicide and combat veterans. Congressman Murphy has been looking at suicide in the veterans community and the critical need for suicide prevention awareness. We'll also ask Patrick about what's coming up on Taking The Hill in the next episode!

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. We continue the conversation about the Chicago election and ask what Earl's found out about it ... and of course, we'll probably get to some political strategy and reflect on Veterans Day, as 1,500 U.S. non-combat troops are heading to join others in Iraq.

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Jeff Santos Show 11/7/14

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GUESTS FOR FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: What A Week! What's Next? We're still looking back at Tuesday's election results and figuring out what the best approach going forward will be.

- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America (DFA) Regular Friday check-in with Jim Dean... there was some good news out of Tuesday's election with Progressive ballot questions around the country winning - on raising the minimum wage in 4 states, stricter background checks for gun sales in Washington state, and now requiring employers to provide sick time for all employees in Massachusetts. How can Democrats and Progressives link themselves to the economic populist ideals that they have been championing so that people will vote for them? Progressive economic ideas are very popular with American voters.

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Week in Review - Still trying to figure out what happened on Tuesday!

- Live In Studio With Jeff! John Businger, former 28-year State Rep from Brookline, Massachusetts, advocate for voting rights and rail transportation. Chief advocate for the Boston North-South Station Rail Link. A regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. We had limited time to speak with John earlier in the week so we brought him back to share his post-election thoughts today!

- Lance Gould, Executive Special Projects Editor, The Huffington Post, formerly with the Boston Phoenix. We haven't talked with Lance since the passing of former long-time Boston Mayor Tom Menino. Lance was working in Boston during Mayor Menino's tenure and will share his thoughts about the popular Mayor.

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Jeff Santos Show 11/4/14

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GUESTS FOR ELECTION DAY, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Election Day! Did YOU vote yet? It's Going To Be A Nail-Biter! How was the turnout at your voting precinct? Any problems with Voter ID situations? Voter intimidation? Provisional Ballots? Report in and let us know...

- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. He is a pollster, blogger, and fill-in radio host on the Leslie Marshall show. You can read his commentaries at Election Day is finally here! What is the outlook around the country?


- Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of the National Education Association. She worked her way up through the education system starting as a "lunch lady" and Kindergarten Aide and eventually becoming Utah Teacher of the Year. She went on to serve as President of the Utah Education Association and more recently on the Executive Board of the NEA as Secretary-Treasurer and then Vice President, before being elected President this year. Ms. Eskelsen Garcia is winding down a 6-Day NEA GOTV Tour Blitz today with stops in Pennsylvania today... during the tour, Lily has met and campaigned with pro-Education candidates in races from local school boards to the U.S. Senate nationally. If YOU still need info on where to vote and who to vote for, check out the NEA's Great voting resource:!

- Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), representing the Illinois' 9th District since 1999. The 9th District covers all or part of the municipalities of Chicago, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Wilmette and Winnetka and Arlington Heights.
Congresswoman Schakowsky joins us to give us an update on Illinois GOTV efforts today and the Quinn-Rauner race Governor's race. What are the critical issues facing Illinois voters this election?

- Steve Kerrigan, candidate for Massachusetts Lt. Governor. Kerrigan is the current President and co-founder of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, a "nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to the families of military service personnel from Massachusetts" who have died in service since September 11. Steve served as Chief of Staff to former Massachusetts AG Thomas Reilly from 2003-2007. For over 10 years, he worked as a staff member in Senator Ted Kennedy's office, even arranging his funeral mass in Boston in 2009. He'll talk about Democratic GOTV for Election Day today, the Coakley-Kerrigan ticket and his Campaign for Lt. Governor and goals if elected. [CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:]

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