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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY AUGUST 20, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Jeff's on vacation this week and weekly contributors John Businger and Earl Bender are guest hosting. Today they'll be covering the topics of Going Green, Ferguson & Michael Brown, Iraq & ISIS's brutal execution of photojournalist James Wright Foley. They'd love to hear from YOU too!.... 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 we check in with Rona Fried to learn about the latest good and bad news in the world of clean energy & climate change...we might even get into some of the political connections and power struggles behind our attempts to move the country in a more green direction.

(1) "Landmark Ruling Opens Grid to Renewable Energy" - in what is being called "a major win for clean energy and the environment" the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC's) 'Order 1000' which takes decisions about energy transmission from the "state- and utility-centric model" that we're used to, to a more regional approach which factors in things like State environmental standards and a more equitable sharing of transmission costs for consumers;
(2) Clean potable water is a vital and ever-more-s resource around the world...Milwaukee is on a path to become "the Silicon Valley of water technology," - "two new centers [located in 'downtrodden' under-developed areas of Milwaukee] will offer space for collaborative academic-private sector research and incubators for start-up businesses.
(3) "Target now has 1,000 stores certified to EPA's Energy Star standards, the most of any retailer in the US"...they're well on their way to reaching their goal of 75% Energy Star stores by the end of next year;
(4) "Architects Across the World Commit to Net-Zero Energy Buildings" - Members of the International Union of Architects signed a document last week adopting the "2050 Imperative" which commits them to 100% net-zero energy design & construction by then;
(5) "Mobile Solar Charging" - pilot "Soofa" program in Boston for solar-powered public park benches that you can plug in to, to charge your mobile device and connect to the internet!

- 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. Ferguson. Last night, finally, we saw a relatively peaceful night of protests with some arrests but no tear gas, shootings, rubber bullets, looting or Molotov cocktails! We'll talk about the latest news from Ferguson with Jerry Austin, on the day that Attorney General Eric Holder heads to Missouri to meet with local authorities and Federal agents currently on the scene there carrying out the DOJ's Civil Rights investigation.

- 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. Ferguson is still dominating the news today - opening up much-needed conversations across the country about racism and the role of law enforcement. The Attorney General's trip there today is bringing hope to residents for improved transparency and perhaps a fair prosecution of the case of Michael Brown...will a Special Prosecutor be appointed? There's not much confidence in St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. On another front today, the White House is working to confirm that the journalist seen being executed by members of "the marauding army of evil" known as ISIS in a recently released video is New Hampshire native and photojournalist with the Global Post, James Wright Foley, who was captured in Syria in 2012. Foley was 40 years old and had covered events in Libya and Afghanistan before going to Syria. ISIS has claimed that the beheading was in retaliation for U.S. air strikes on ISIS in Iraq. There are fears of other journalists kidnapped by ISIS meeting the same fate.)

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Jeff Santos Show 8/18/14

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GUESTS FOR MONDAY AUGUST 18, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Jeff's on vacation this week and weekly contributors John Businger and Earl Bender are guest hosting. Today they'll be covering the topics of Ferguson & Michael Brown, Iraq & Rick Perry. They'd love to hear from YOU too!.... Call 877-489-9421

- 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" with Robert McChesney. After a day of peaceful protests and a Memorial service for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri Sunday, things got pretty ugly during the night with 2 protestors being shot - allegedly by other protestors - and a well-armed police force firing tear gas into the crowd again. Agitators in Ferguson proceeded to loot a number of local businesses, with reports of peaceful protestors protecting the businesses and blocking the looters to the best of their ability. Ferguson police did NOT respond to calls from business owners for help. What may have escalated things was the release of a second autopsy showing that Michael Brown had been shot at least 6 times. Protestors are saying that they'll continue to protest until they get justice, and they also don't understand why Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown has not yet been arrested. The Governor has called in the Missouri National Guard to take over peace-keeping today. We'll discuss the current situation and the bigger picture issues of Constitutional rights violations in Ferguson, the call by people around the country for de-militarizing the military and the history of racism leading to poor police-community relations in different cities around the country. John also has a great article at the Nation on last week's primary in Wisconsin & Governor Walker's prospects.

- 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 Brad is a regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show who you usually can hear on Tuesday's but he joins us one day early this week to talk about how messaging from the Obama White House could be better, along with other political and election news of the day.

- James Moore, Texas-based political analyst, author, and contributor to MSNBC & the Huffington Post. He is a best-selling author of "Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential", "Adios Mofo: Why Rick Perry Will Make America Miss George W. Bush" and other books. You can find out more at Jim's website: and read him on the Huffington Post! TOPIC: Indictments issued last Friday against Texas Governor Rick Perry - will they stick? David Axelrod has called the indictments "sketchy" but our guest James Moore doesn't agree... Last Friday, Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted on 2 charges. As Jim Moore wrote in his latest piece at the Huffington Post:

"Perry is accused of using his veto authority to coerce a publicly elected official into leaving office. And when the veto threat, and later the actual exercise of the veto didn't work, he may have tried a bit of bribery, which is why he is facing criminal charges...Not because he exercised his constitutional veto authority."

This is all in connection with the Governor's cutting $7.5 million in funding to the State's Public Integrity Unit (PIU) that is managed by a Democratic District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg. She was arrested on a DUI charge and Governor Perry then tried to make her resign. The PIU unit is involved in a current investigation that may go all the way up to the Governor's office, if Lehmberg resigns, Governor Perry would be able to appoint her replacement. The 2 statutes that Perry has been charged with violating involve "misusing government services/property/personnel" and "influencing or attempting to influence a government official".

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Jeff's On Vacation This Week!

Jeff's away this week, but we've got two great guest hosts for you - regular contributors Earl Bender (political strategist) and John Businger (former MA State Rep, pictured here with current Democratic MA State Rep Denise Provost of Somerville.)

Tune in this week August 18-22 3-6pm Eastern Time for Earl and John and a couple of great "Best Of's." And don't forget to CALL IN at 877-489-9421

Jeff Santos Show 8/15/14

GUESTS FOR FRIDAY AUGUST 15, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: A Peaceful Night In Ferguson As Captain Ron Johnson Takes Over Crowd Control! Today, the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown was released by Ferguson, MO police, at the same time as they released photos of an apparent "strong-arm robbery" by Brown moments before the shooting. Residents are questioning why the police released those photos but no picture of officer Dennis Wilson, 6-yr veteran police officer, now known to have shot Michael Brown.

- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America (DFA). The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson is still the top story leading into Friday, after a peaceful night of civil protest under the much more restrained crowd control under Captain Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol. Real community policing at its best - he changed a press conference this morning from a media-only event to a community meeting by stepping into the crowd to take questions. New store surveillance video has been released today of what might have been a "strong-arm robbery" by Michael Brown taking a pack of cigarillos from a convenience store. Even if that's true, residents are demanding more information about what seems clearly to be an unjustified homicide of an unarmed man.

- Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee, representing California's 13th District which includes the municipalities of Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and San Leandro. Ms. Lee was first elected to Congress in 1998 and sits on the House Budget Committee, the Appropriations Committee and the House Steering and Policy Committee. She is the Senior Democratic Whip and Chairs or Co-Chairs several House Caucuses. A lot to talk about with the Congresswoman if time permits...Ferguson Missouri: racism, police-community relations and the need to demilitarize local police forces ---- importance of getting Congressional authorization before taking any new military action in Iraq ---- the House "Make it in America" Plan - Congresswoman Lee is co-sponsor of this legislation that is part of revitalizing the economy.

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Week in review.

- Sebastian Walker, correspondent for Al Jazeera’s “Fault Lines,” the channel’s award-winning investigative documentary show that airs weekly on Saturday evenings at 7:30pm Eastern Time/4:30pm Pacific on Al Jazeera America This Saturday, Al Jazeera America will air the Fault Lines episode Deadly Force: Arming America’s Police, which explores how the flow of money and combat equipment is transforming US police departments into military-like forces. Sebastian Walker has been in Ferguson, Missouri reporting on the protests by residents there and the dramatically excessive use of force in police crowd control tactics up until last night when the Highway Patrol took over. Walker's Al Jazeera America team in Ferguson had a tear gas cannister shot directly at them, as well as being caught in the middle of the protest when the police opened fire - also having police throwing flash bang grenades at them as well.
[Al Jazeera America is available nationwide on Comcast Channel 107, AT&T Channel 1219, Verizon Fios 114, Direct Channel 347, Dish Channel 215 and if you have Time Warner Cable you can check your local listings...]

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Jeff Santos Show 8/14/14

GUESTS FOR THURSDAY AUGUST 14, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: The President Speaks From Martha's Vineyard On Ferguson Protests & Heavy-Handed Police Response! Excessive police force used on peaceful protestors, blocking, harassing & arresting journalists, military-style "crowd control"....the President says enough is enough! Have you been arrested or profiled unfairly?

- Jack Mirkinson, Senior Media Editor for the Huffington Post. We continue the conversation today about protests in Ferguson, MO following the shooting death of 18-year old Michael Brown by the police last Saturday. Last night saw the most intense police response so far, with the arrest of reporters including the Washington Post's Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly, Justice Correspondent at the Huffington Post. There are reports of Al-Jazeera and MSNBC reporters being tear-gassed by police during the chaos as well as other journalists being blocked from filming the events. We'll talk about all that and the general way that media outlets and reporters are being prevented from covering the story - the President called for police to let journalists do their job during his press conference from Martha's Vineyard.

- Joe Williams, long-time contributor to the Jeff Santos Show who has been on hiatus for several months but it's great to have him back on the show! You can read his articles at! Ferguson, MO protests... at the same time as we're seeing what seems like a nation-wide breakdown in police-community relations, we're also experiencing the over-militarization of police forces around the country. This only exacerbates delicate situations where peaceful protestors are treated like the enemy and feel threatened by the people paid to "Serve and Protect" them. In Ferguson, an officer was heard calling the protestors "you animals" last night. Maybe it would help if the racial make-up of the force reflected the community! The President asked everyone to dial it back, saying there's never an excuse for attacking police or looting BUT he also criticized the use of excessive force by police AND the harassment and arrest of journalists reporting on the situation.

- John Businger Live in-studio today!! Former 30-year Massachusetts State Rep (D-Brookline) and advocate for voting rights and rail transportation. A regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. John Businger, in his NEW regular time slot at the Jeff Santos Show. He'll be co-hosting next week when Jeff is on vacation. The topic today: more on Ferguson...we're seeing shades of 50 years ago during the Civil Rights Movement. Haven't we gotten beyond that?

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Jeff Santos Show 8/13/14

GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY AUGUST 13, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Another sad loss in the world of the arts with the loss of the wonderful and glamorous Lauren Bacall! Green Day Wednesday - Solar Paint & France Going Green! Also, Journalist Herb Boyd on the St. Louis shooting of teenager Michael Brown. How are police-community relations where YOU live? Have you been arrested unfairly?... Call 877-489-9421

- Back up in Maine today...Rona Fried - Founder & CEO of, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. Stepping away from the sad and violent news of the week to talk about some exciting news in the world of green energy... including Solar Paint & Solar-powered rocket ships!

(1)Scientists in England are very close to developing SOLAR PAINT...just imagine the possibilities! We could end up with true solar-powered vehicles spray-painted with this non-silicon solar paint - they wouldn't even need batteries;
(2) "Solar-Powered Space Probe Rendezvous With Comet in Deep Space" - While "experts" have long claimed that only nuclear power - not solar - can provide the propulsion needed to explore deep in space, they have just been proved wrong;
(3) "France Steps Up With Strong Climate and Renewable Energy Targets" France, which hosts the all-important UN Climate Summit next year, has approved Energy legislation which should be ratified by 2015. They already have a carbon tax!

- 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. We'll talk about the shooting of teenager Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, MO; the "us vs. them" relationship between police and the citizenry, particularly in communities of color; recent public episodes of excessive police force (Eric Garner-NY, Marlene Pinnock-CA, Mike Brown-MO, etc); the stereotyping and "criminalization" of young African-Americans.

- Joe Sestak, former Pennsylvania Congressman and Retired 3-Star Navy Admiral who is currently running for Senate in Pennsylvania in the 2016 election against incumbent Pat Toomey. More info at He joins us to talk about Iraq, and the delicate balance between supporting the Iraqis & Kurds and keeping American boots OFF the ground, as the President has promised.

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Jeff Santos Show 8/12/14

GUESTS FOR TUESDAY AUGUST 12, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Beloved Comedian Robin Williams Dead At 63! America was saddened to learn of the death of comedian and actor Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide at his home in northern California. What did his comedy mean to YOU?


- Dennis Van Roekel, outgoing President of the National Education Association, joins us one last time in his current capacity! We'll ask about the highlights of his time as NEA President, key initiatives he was involved with, his thoughts on charter schools & Common Core AND what he plans to do next. And now that it's back-to-school time, we'll ask what teachers around the country are doing to prepare.

- Steve Sweeney, "legendary Boston comedian" (born in Charlestown) known for his mastery of dialects and character voices. He started his early career performing at the Ding Ho Comedy Club in Boston with the likes of Jay Leno and Denis Leary. Steve has appeared on television (Letterman, Comedy at the Improv) and in numerous films over the years. He has also done a lot of radio hosting, including on the former home of the Jeff Santos Show, AM 1510 Boston! We'll talk about the tragic death of comedian Robin Williams, by an apparent suicide this morning. Mr. Williams was known to have struggled with depression and substance abuse, but his death still comes as a huge shock. How does someone so seemingly full of life and who brought so much joy to millions succumb to their inner demons? Why are artists so prone to drug dependency and depression?

- Scott Bates, President of the Center for National Policy. After September 11th, Scott became the first Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee and was the principal author of “Winning the War on Terror” which helped inform the 9/11 Commission in its deliberations and development of its report. He helped lead the team that produced a dozen reports on homeland security issues ranging from border security to bioterrorism. Scott has traveled in Iraq many times since 2001 and believes that the Obama Administration's current approach (strategic strikes, military support, humanitarian aid & Diplomacy) is a better way to go than putting American "boots" back on the ground. Who is the new Prime Minister Haider al-Abidi, and can he help build a true coalition government?

- 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 Stories of the day: Robin Williams; Iraq (Al-Maliki won't leave); the President on vacation on Martha's Vineyard AND Police Brutality. In his latest US News article Brad talks about the need for Dems to "Embrace the Power of Populism".

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Jeff Santos Show 8/11/14

GUESTS FOR MONDAY AUGUST 11, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: US Sends Military Aid Directly To Kurds To Fight ISIS! Are We Re-Engaging? Another police shooting of another unarmed black teenager, in a St. Louis suburb this time. What can we do about the adversarial environment between the police and citizens? And how can we dial back the use of excessive force?

- 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. Sadly, there was another police shooting of an unarmed black teenager this weekend - this time in St. Louis. The 18-year old, Mike Brown, who was shot during an exchange with the police would have started college classes today... Why does this keep happening? Where did the "us vs. them" relationship between police and the citizenry come from - especially in communities of color? And why is the police response so often going to violence and force - which tend to escalate instead of diffuse situations?
AND... If time permits, we'll also get into Iraq and other news of the day...John has a new piece at the Nation about the need for checks and balances on any new Iraq Mission.

- Peter Juul, Policy Analyst at American Progress, where he specializes in the Middle East, military affairs, and U.S. national security policy, on Iraq and ISIS and the U.S. continuing and support of the Kurds and Yazidi people, both military and humanitarian What is our current and ongoing strategy there? How will President Obama's keep his promise and stick to his goal of keeping American ground troops out of the picture?

- 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. Continuing the conversation on Iraq and police shootings of civilians here at home...We've had several highly publicized incidences of excessive police force resulting in the death or beating of Americans of color recently - three this summer! People are getting pretty upset about it, but how can we change things for the better?

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Monday check-in on the news of the day...more of the same... we'll get Earl's thoughts on the big themes of the day!

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