The Jeff Santos Show 9/8/16

GUESTS FOR THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2016: The Presidential National Security Forum Last Night!... We're Covering All The Bases, With Herb Boyd, Richard Lapchick, John Nichols, David Paleologos & David Cay Johnston! Did YOU watch the national security forum last night!... Do You agree with Jeff that we should be talking less about military spending and more about infrastructure?...Join The Conversation!

- David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author on tax issues and economics, he is a lecturer at Syracuse University and an Executive Member/Past President of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). His latest book is The Making of Donald Trump!

- Herb Boyd, journalist, educator, author, and activist based in New York. His articles appear regularly in the "New York Amsterdam News", and have won him three 1st-place awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists. He teaches black studies at the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle.

- Richard Lapchick, former Endowed Chair and Director, DeVos Sports Business Management Program, Central Florida University (CFU) Business School. He helped found the Center for the Study of Sport in Society in 1984 at Northeastern University. Lapchick is a human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, internationally recognized expert on sports issues, scholar and author. He is often described as “the racial conscience of sport.” He'll comment on Colin Kaepernick and what's been going on since he sat down for the National Anthem.

- 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 joins the Jeff Santos Show every Monday. Check out his latest posts at the Nation HERE.

- David Paleologos, Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.

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Jeff Santos Show 9/7/16

GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2016: Military Speeches & A Presidential Forum!... You Feeling Secure?... And, The PCCC On TPP!...The Presidential candidates are talking about keeping America safe and secure!... Both major party nominees have the backing of high-ranking American military personnel!... Will that impact YOUR vote in November?...And we'll touch on trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP) with Keith Rouda of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)!... Join The Conversation!

- Lawrence J. 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.

- Keith Rouda, Online Member Engagement Directo for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, reviews the PCCC's stance on the TPP!

- Joe Williams, political reporter and blogger based in Washington, D.C. Joe has been a long time contributor to the Jeff Santos Show, appearing weekly in the past. He is a news editor with U.S. News & World Report!

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Jeff Santos Show 9/6/16

GUESTS FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2016: Summer's Over!...It's All Politics Until November!Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day!... It's Tuesday and we're talking with Mark Taylor-Canfield & Robert Kraig!... Are YOU excited about the November Election?...Are the issues YOU care about being discussed by the candidates?...Join The Conversation!...CALL 772-925-8206! and Check out more photos from DNC2016 on the Jeff Santos Show facebook page!
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- Mark Taylor-Canfield is a Seattle-based journalist whose work appears in: Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Capitol Hill Times, Truthout, Op-ed News, Oximity,Free Speech Radio News (Pacifica),Democracy Watch News.

- Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

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Jeff Santos Show 9/2/16

GUESTS FOR FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2016: Talking Baseball, Economic Inequality & Politics This Friday! Happy Labor Day Weekend!...Great lineup today... Long-time Friday regular Jim Dean, Sociologist Elaine Cleeton, Nick Cafardo with the latest MLB news AND Suffolk University pollster David Paleologos!...What's on YOUR mind this Friday, as we head into Labor Day?...Join The Conversation!

- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America (DFA), which has endorsed Bernie Sanders in the race for President.

- Elaine Cleeton, Associate Professor of Sociology, SUNY Geneseo, where she specializes in women's health; social welfare; and, race, class and gender relations.

- Nick Cafardo, National baseball writer for The Boston Globe covering the Red Sox and MLB Baseball. He has written books on the New England Patriots and Atlanta Braves and is a correspondent for NESN.

- David Paleologos, Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.

And Listener Calls!

Jeff Santos Show 9/1/16

GUESTS FOR THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Senator Elizabeth Warren Talks About The EpiPen Price Hike! The Reverend Jesse Jackson! And Herb Boyd Re-Visits The Colin Kaepernick Situation!...It's September 1st!... The Summer's winding down as the political season is heating up!...We've got a great show today!... Jeff will be joined by Senator Elizabeth Warren to talk about a number of issues!... Honored to have the Reverend Jesse Jackson on the show again! And Herb will talk about his latest article on the ramifications of pro-football player Colin Kaepernick publicly sitting down for the National Anthem!... What do YOU think about Kaepernick's political statement?... And how about the GOP Nominee? Did you watch his speech on immigration?...Join The Conversation!

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the senior senator from Massachusetts, will be talking about medical costs and the recent story in the news about the sudden and drastic EpiPen price hike by the company Mylan, who has a monopoly on this critical life-saving medical device!

- the Reverend Jesse Jackson, life-long civil rights activist and former Democratic Candidate for President in 1988.

- Herb Boyd, 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. He teaches black studies at the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle.

- Roxana Rivera, spokesperson for SEIU 32BJ, to talk about the layoff of MBTA cleaning staff by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. His justification: they're too costly!

And Listener Calls!

Jeff Santos Show 8/31/16

GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31, 2016: Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) addresses the issue of violence in the City of Chicago, where he lives.... And we look at what Labor Unions are doing to move the Progressive Movement forward, as we head into the November election!...Join The Conversation!

- Rand Wilson, "Union Hell Raiser," former Bernie Sanders delegate, and member of Labor For Bernie and SEIU Local 888!

- 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.

And Listener Calls!

Jeff Santos Show 8/30/16

GUESTS FOR TUESDAY AUGUST 30, 2016: Tuesday Reports From Mark Taylor-Canfield & Robert Kraig! Back in action and Jeff's talking with our Tuesday regulars, Mark Taylor-Canfield in Seattle and Robert Kraig from Wisconsin....What's on YOUR mind this Tuesday?...Join The Conversation!

- Mark Taylor-Canfield is a Seattle-based journalist whose work appears in: Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Capitol Hill Times, Truthout, Op-ed News, Oximity,Free Speech Radio News (Pacifica),Democracy Watch News.

- Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

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Essay By Thursday Contributor Herb Boyd: Kaepernick Takes A Stand By Sitting

[Special to the New York Amsterdam News]

In one way Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49’ers quarterback, brought to mind the courageous act of Rosa Parks, who chose to sit rather than move to the black section of the bus.

Kaepernick took a stand by keeping his seat last Friday when the national anthem was played. His defiance is also reminiscent of the black-gloved fist to the air by Tommie Smith and John Carlos as they stood on the victory stand at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

When asked about this, Kaepernick said: “I’ll continue to sit. I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

Like the political gestures of Parks, Smith and Carlos, the football player has been hit with a barrage of disgust on the social media outlets as well as from other NFL stars, such as the New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.

“I think, personally,” Cruz told the press, “the flag is the flag. Regardless of how you feel about the things that are going on in America today and the things that are going on across the world with gun violence and things like that. You’ve got to respect the flag and stand up with your teammates. It’s bigger than just you, in my opinion. I think you go up there. You’re with your team, and you pledge your allegiance to the flag and the national anthem as a team, and then you go about your business, whatever your beliefs are. Colin is his own man. He decided to sit down and sit out and that’s his prerogative. But from a personal standpoint, I think you have to stand out there with your team and understand that this is a game and understand that what’s going on in the country.”

Cruz’s comments are mild compared with some of the responses that have come from all quarters of the land. Many of them from people who are incensed by Kaepernick’s “unpatriotic” behavior, and the calls mount for him to stick to playing football or “leave the country.”

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color…,” Kaepernick added. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Kaepernick’s objections are mainly to the Star Spangled Banner and what the flag symbolizes. But perhaps he has grounded his feelings beyond the flag and has actually read the entire lyrics composed by Francis Scott Key, or maybe it’s knowledge that Key was slaveholder that offends him.

Most Americans don’t have a clue about the other verses of the composition, two of which are egregiously deplorable when it comes African and Native Americans. Here’s the third verse with its reference to the African Americans who chose to side with the British during the War of 1812.
“And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

A full explanation of the intricacies of the war may be required to understand exactly what was meant by Key’s lyrics, along with a complete exposition of Key’s later life as district attorney unfavorably disposed to the fortune’s fugitive slaves and the abolitionists. What is evident here is the celebration of manifest destiny and extermination of Native Americans.

The final verse reads:
“O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - "In God is our trust,"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Further complicating the situation is the history of the song itself and the age-old contention among many Americans who were opposed to it and preferred other patriotic songs. But that was basically a melodic argument that the song was too difficult to sing.

Kaepernick is clearly in the tradition of these rejecters, if for a different reason.

Jeff Santos Show 8/29/16

GUESTS FOR MONDAY AUGUST 29, 2016: Back From Vacation! Great Show With Investigative Reporter Greg Palast! John Nichols! Brad Bannon & Earl Bender! Join The Conversation! Nice to have some time off, but Jeff's back live today, with lots to talk about and eager to talk with YOU!... Very excited to have groundbreaking investigative reporter Greg Palast on the show to talk about the recent Rolling Stone story on GOP efforts to purge minority voters from the rolls... Have YOU heard about it?... Are YOU concerned about anti-voting shenanigans this election?...Join The Conversation!

- 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 joins the Jeff Santos Show every Monday. Check out his latest posts at the Nation HERE.

- Greg Palast, author and investigative reporter, called by The Guardian newspaper in England, the "most important investigative reporter of our time – up there with Woodward and Bernstein." He is the author of New York Times bestsellers: Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, Armed Madhouse, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and the highly acclaimed Vultures' Picnic (BBC Newsnight Review "Book of the Year" in 2012.)

- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. You can read Brad's commentaries at www.USNews.com.

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Earl gives us a look at the 2016 political horse race in his Off To The Races segment on Mondays!

And YOUR Call!... at 772-925-8206!

Jeff's On Vacation This Week! But We've Got Some Great Encore Broadcasts From DNC2016 Monday-Friday 4-6pm ET All Week!

Jeff's still taking care of business and enjoying the summer sun! While Jeff's away this week, we're playing our coverage from the recent Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia!... Look forward to talking with YOU soon! In the meantime, enjoy conversations with our contributors!

Jeff's On Vacation This Week! But We've Got Some Great Encore Broadcasts Monday-Friday 4-6pm ET All Week!

- Jerry Springer, TV host and former (Democratic) Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio!

- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. You can read Brad's commentaries at www.USNews.com.

- Wendell Potter, author and health care system whistleblower after 20 years working as a CIGNA Executive. His book, "Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans" (on Bloomsbury Press ) is an expose of health insurers and a "stark warning that corporate spin is distorting our democracy". Mr. Potter is a senior analyst at the The Center for Public Integrity and a senior fellow on health care for the Center for Media and Democracy. His new book is Nation On The Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It.

- Joe Williams, political reporter and blogger based in Washington, D.C. Joe has been a long time contributor to the Jeff Santos Show, appearing weekly in the past. He is a news editor with U.S. News & World Report!

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Earl gives us a look at the 2016 political horse race in his Off To The Races segment on Mondays!

- 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 joins the Jeff Santos Show every Monday. Check out his latest posts at the Nation HERE.

- Mark Taylor-Canfield is a Seattle-based journalist whose work appears in: Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Capitol Hill Times, Truthout, Op-ed News, Oximity,Free Speech Radio News (Pacifica),Democracy Watch News.

- Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

- Scott Paul, Founder and Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), working to make American manufacturing a top-of-mind issue for voters and our national leaders. [Previously Recorded]

- Ben Jealous, Former President of the NAACP.

- Deborah Berger, National Nurses United

- Rand Wilson, of the SEIU and " Labor For Bernie."

- Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, the Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate. Not sure who invited this former Republican, now Libertarian, to the Democratic Convention!

- David Paleologos, Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.

- Thomas Frank, an American journalist and historian, and author of the 2004 book, What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America.His latest book is called: LISTEN LIBERAL, or What Ever Happened To The Party Of The People?

- Ron Pollack, Founding Executive Director of Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers. Ron Pollack was in the courtroom today when the 6:3 decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was read! It was an emotional moment!

- AFT President Randi Weingarten

- NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia

- Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), representing California's 13th District which includes the municipalities of Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and San Leandro. Rep. Lee serves on the House Budget Committee, the Appropriations Committee and the House Steering and Policy Committee. Rep. Lee has been a leader in Congress in the areas of global peace and international cooperation and one of our most outspoken progressive members in the House! (She voted against the original Iraq War authorization.)

- 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.

- Herb Boyd, journalist, educator, author, and activist based in New York. His articles appear regularly in the "New York Amsterdam News", and have won him three 1st-place awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists. He teaches black studies at the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle.

- Jerry Austin, award-winning political consultant and Campaign Manager for the Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Campaign. Part of the long-running Strategy Session on the Jeff Santos Show!.

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