The Jeff Santos Show 3-6pm EST: Week in Review...America Now Has An Ebola Czar! And The Nurses Say We Need To Train & Equip Our Health Care Workers For Ebola NOW!

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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 16, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: The President, bowing to pressure, appointed Ron Klain to be the new "Ebola Czar". Some (especially Republican members of Congress) are criticizing the decision, because of Klain's lack of medical experience. Do you agree?... Call 877-489-9421

- Donna Kelly-Williams, President of the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), and Vice President of National Nurses United (NNU). She is a registered nurse at Cambridge City Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nurses have come out quite publicly this week to express concern about the lack of training and preparation for nurses and hospital staff in recognizing and appropriately handling cases of Ebola. We have the capabilities to do this, but the information has NOT been adequately conveyed to hospital workers. The public outcry over this got more intense this week after two of the nurses caring for Ebola victim Thomas Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas have been infected by the virus and are currently being treated at other facilities. Today, Dallas imposes travel restrictions on Ebola health care workersWhat should we be doing to get hospitals and health care workers up to speed so that we can reduce panic and fear, and handle real Ebola cases effectively with maximum containment?

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Week in review...more on GOTV in the Senate Races and big Governor's races around the country with Earl. Also today, in response to public pressure and some criticism over the national leadership in dealing with Ebola in the U.S., President Obama appointed Ron Klain to be the new "Ebola response coordinator" or "Ebola Czar" to coordinate operations between the CDC, NIH, TSA, National Security and other Government departments. Klain is a former Chief of Staff to both Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore. He was selected for his management skills, even though he has no background in medicine. His job will be to coordinate activities and communication about all aspects of dealing with Ebola. He will report to homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco and national security adviser Susan Rice.

- Lance Gould, Executive Special Projects Editor, The Huffington Post, formerly with the Boston Phoenix. Sports! The MLB Playoff final teams have been determined, and the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants will be meeting in game 1 of the World Series on October 21st!...The NHL season has begun again, with old rivalries in full force...and in the NFL, are people going to ease up on New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady now, after he brought the team another win yesterday?

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Jeff Santos Show 10/15/14

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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Green Day Wednesday takes a look at Getting Out The Environmentalist Vote! And a big day of Illinois politics with three great Democratic public servants, Governor Pat Quinn (currently running for re-election), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congressman Danny Davis

- Illinois Congressman Danny Davis, representing Illinois' 7th District which includes much of Chicago's West Side and connecting suburbs and is contained within Illinois' Cook County.He was first elected to Congress in 1996. Congressman Davis is a member of several Congressional Caucuses including the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, the Urban Caucus, the Community Health Center's Caucus, and the Congressional Sugar Caucus. He serves on the Ways & Means Committee, Oversight & Government Reform Committee; Energy Policy, Health Care & Entitlements Committee and related subcommittees. We'll talk about issues of Guns, Gun Violence, Voting and Politics. And if time permits, Jeff might check in with the Congressman about an idea we discussed last time he was on the show -- namely the idea of linking Unemployment Insurance benefit funding to Congressional Military authorization!

- Rona Fried - Founder & CEO of, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. It's "Green Day Wednesday" and today, it's all about Getting out the Vote - especially to get rid of Scott Walker in Wisconsin! A couple of interesting stories Rona's following this week include a look at Chicago's "Method Products" plant, which is a LEED-Platinum Factory Topped By World's Largest Urban Farm. Also how's it going with the anti-Keystone XL Pipeline battle? Neil Young, Willie Nelson Play to Sold Out Tar Sands Crowd, While Enbridge Skirts the Law.

- 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. On Democratic GOTV for the November 4th Election and thoughts on the Quinn-Rauner Illinois Governor's race. Also, a look at Infrastructure spending, the Minimum Wage (National Minimum Wage Day was October 10th) and the need for greater focus on domestic issues even when the President and media are highly focused on growing international concerns of ISIS and the Ebola virus.

- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Democrat, serving as Governor since 2009. His long career of public service include terms as State Treasurer and Lieutenant Governor. The Governor is running for re-election against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. They held their second televised debate last night. We'll ask the Governor about the campaign and discuss issues of Education, Infrastructure and Jobs. CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:

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Thanks For Coming to The Sable Bar "Listener Get Together" To Meet Jeff!

Jeff had a great time meeting Ivan, Richard, Shea, Trenton, Adam and all of the other WCPT AM & FM Jeff Santos Show listeners who came out last night to the Sable Bar in Chicago, in spite of the terrible weather!! We'll have to do it again real soon! If you were there and have any snapshots please share them with us at the Jeff Santos Show facebook page. Thanks for being engaged listeners and for all you do for the cause! Keep the calls coming!

Jeff Santos Show 10/13/14

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GUESTS FOR MONDAY OCTOBER 13, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Jeff's Broadcasting Live Today From Chicago Progressive Talk Affiliate WCPT AM & FM!

- 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. John's been working on a new piece on Governor Walker and yet another way he continues to disregard Wisconsin's long tradition of Progressive politics and legislation, in deference to his Koch-Brothers fueled policies. Did you know that Wisconsin has a very old law on the books requiring that workers be paid a "living wage"? Doesn't seem that Governor Scott Walker does! John's got a couple of great articles on other topics in the news this week the Nation...the best way to find out if a hospital is ready to deal with Ebola and also, how this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners announced last week are "radicals" and why that's a good thing!

- Jim Warren, Washington Correspondent for the New York Daily News and former Managing Editor of the Chicago Tribune. We're on Jim's turf here in Chicago this week! He moves back and forth between DC and Chicago -- today he's in Chicago.

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Great to be here in Chicago - live in the WCPT AM & FM studios - with long time regular contributor Earl Bender, In-Studio! You can hear him every Monday and Friday on the Jeff Santos Show!

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GET TOGETHER TONIGHT!!! Come Meet Jeff In Chicago!!! Tuesday October 14th 6pm, Sable Bar!

Come to the Sable Bar at the Palomar Hotel in Chicago next Tuesday, October 14th from 6-9pm, to meet Jeff for a couple of hours of hanging out and chatting! He's looking forward to meeting Debbie, Ivan, Edward, Rudy and all of our Chicagoland callers and listeners on WCPT AM & FM Chicago's Progressive Talk!

The Sable Bar is located adjacent to the Palomar Hotel at 505 North State Street in the River North section of Chicago. Find directions HERE.

Jeff Santos Show 10/8/14

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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Ebola! And Turkey Ignores ISIS Encroachment on Border! Where are the Democrats? The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Duncan, died today in Dallas. How is it impacting the way the U.S. is dealing with the disease? Are you feeling concerned about traveling? going to the hospital? ... Call 877-489-9421

- Melissa Hersh, Washington D.C.-based risk analyst and a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project. You can read her work at The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Duncan, died in Dallas today. That is certainly going to impact the general sense of unease people are feeling in the U.S. and Liberia about this outbreak. How can we best contain the disease and prevent it from turning into an outbreak over here? Our guest has an article that talks about how the U.S. Military is perfectly suited to help contain the disease because of their readiness to be trained for jobs such as mass fatalities and burials.

- Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He is also a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Prior to joining American Progress, he was a senior fellow and director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. ISIS is moving in on the Turkish border, doing what some people are calling "ethnic cleansing" of Kurds there - the Turkish government is not responding to fend off ISIS. What kinds of problems is Turkey creating by their inaction? What is the U.S.'s next move?

- John Businger, Former 30-year Massachusetts State Rep (D-Brookline) and advocate for voting rights and rail transportation. A regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. National and local politics before the midterms. Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker had another debate last night, and the polling has them closely matched for Governor in Massachusetts.

- Jim Warren, NY Daily News Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, former managing editor at the Chicago Tribune. You can read his work at and on their "Mouth of the Potomac" Blog. On Ebola, ISIS attacking Turkish border with no response from Turkey, AND a delayed resignation at the Secret Service! In Midterm Politics, a lot of people are wondering where the Democrats' message is. The President was out making the rounds last week, speaking about the widening wealth gap in America, which the President is calling the "defining challenge of our time". Is it too little too late or will the message pick up steam with Democrats?

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Jeff Santos Show 10/2/14

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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Transportation Thursday & The "Jobs To Move America" Project! Ohio Sec'y of State Candidate Nina Turner On U.S. Supreme Court Upholding Cuts To Early Voting! Are you an "early voter"? Are Voter ID laws and limited early voting making it difficult for YOU to vote? How can we GOTV despite these Republican anti-voting measures?

- Ed Wytkind President of the Transportation Trades Dept (TTD) of the AFL-CIO representing the interests of several million aviation, rail, transit, trucking, highway and longshore workers to give them a strong, united voice in Washington, D.C. Ed joins us to talk about Jobs to Move America: a "national project dedicated to ensuring that the billions of public dollars spent on public transit systems create better results for our communities: good jobs, cleaner equipment and more opportunity for low income people". The project has been launched by a "coalition of over 30 community, labor, faith, civil rights, philanthropic, academic and environmental groups" - including everyone from the AFL-CIO to the Sierra Club and the National Urban League!

- 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. We'll talk about the new limited early voting in Ohio and other pre-Midterm political news.

- Nina Turner, Ohio State Senate Minority Whip and Democratic Candidate for Secretary of State running against incumbent Republican John Husted. [Website:] Current Ohio Secretary of State John Husted got what he wanted this week when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld cuts to early voting in Ohio. Voters should have been able to start this past Tuesday. Background: The Republican legislature passed a bill limiting early voting in Ohio last February but a federal judge blocked it saying it violated the Voting Rights Act. The Supreme Court tag team of Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy overturned the judge's ruling and put the early voting cuts back in place. Early voting won't start til next week and Sunday voting hours have been reduced.

- John Businger, Former 30-year Massachusetts State Rep (D-Brookline) and advocate for voting rights and rail transportation. A regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. On Voting Rights, early voting in Ohio,'s Transportation Thursday!

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Jeff Santos Show 10/1/14

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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Secret Service Scrutinized Over Recent Lapses! Are you concerned for the President's safety under the current Secret Service management? Is this security lapse thing a new problem?Green Day Wednesday Re-Caps The People's Climate March & UN Summit!

- Rona Fried, Founder & CEO of, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. It's "Green Day Wednesday" and we check in with Rona Fried to learn about the latest good and bad news in the world of clean energy & climate change...Rona was at the People's Climate March on September 21 in New York City and says that some very exciting announcements came out of it - including from the EU, which committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80-95% by 2050. President Obama promised he'd announce "more aggressive US targets on emissions reductions next year" among other things. KEY STORIES RONA'S FOLLOWING THIS WEEK: The UN Climate Summit went better than Rona expected, with some exciting announcements: "The EU showed continuing leadership, pledging to spend 20% of its budget on climate action through 2020, incorporating it into every policy." And here's a Cool Idea - NYC homes being heated by BioGas - natural gas made from "local organic waste" collected from left-over food scraps from the school breakfast and lunch program!

- Paula DiPerna, writer and frequent media and conference speaker on a variety of subjects. She has served as President of the Joyce Foundation as well as Vice President for Recruitment and Public Policy at the Chicago Climate Exchange, which pioneered emissions trading and environmental markets worldwide, as well as President of CCX International. Prior to these positions, she served as writer and Vice President for International Affairs for the Cousteau Society, whose President was explorer and filmmaker, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. California could do things to lead the way in addressing climate change by simply allowing voluntary "opt-ins" to its existing carbon cap-and-trade program.

- Jim Warren, NY Daily News Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, former managing editor at the Chicago Tribune. You can read his work at and on their "Mouth of the Potomac" Blog. What's up with the President's Secret Service? Should the American public be concerned for the safety of the First Family? ... and might have to ask Jim what he thought about Derek Jeter's treatment in Boston at Fenway Park last weekend! In Jim's recent NY Daily News Sunday Op-Ed, Jim asked some "Burning Questions About Syria".

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