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Barry Gordon

-- longest-serving president of the Screen Actors Guild and former candidate for Congress -- has hosted progressive talk shows on radio, TV, and now the Internet. In addition to his "ranting" and taking calls from the audience, Barry has interviewed top guests from the worlds of politics and entertainment.

 

"You're ... setting an example to others in the media: that you don't have to be timid."

-- Rep. John Conyers Jr.

 

"Barry, you keep speaking your words, speaking your mind, speaking your heart."

-- Burt Bacharach

 

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SHOWS: JULY 2006

 

July 30, 2006

 

Barry is again joined in-studio by his friend author/actor/activist Ellen Snortland as well as his friends from "NewsRap," Hutch and Stuart.

 

In the first hour, Barry talks with Katherine S. Newman, Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University, about her book "A Different Shade of Gray: Midlife and Beyond in the Inner City," "focusing on the lives of elderly African Americans and Latinos in pockets of New York City where wages are low, crime is often high, and the elderly have few support systems they can rely on."

 

In the second hour, Barry welcomes none other than Helen Thomas, dean of the White House press corps, to discuss her explosive new book, "Watchdogs of Democracy? The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public." "Today's journalists, according to Thomas, have become subdued, compromised lapdogs."

 

In the third hour, Barry talks with his old friend, actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. about the powerful, entertaining new film "Who Killed the Electric Car?" as well as practical, cost-effective, environmentally friendly solutions to everyday energy problems. Ed's upcoming new film is "For Your Consideration," directed by Christopher Guest.

 

And as a special treat, "Granny Bee" pays a visit to "Left Field," to discuss a "Hot Topic."

 

 

 

July 23, 2006

 

Barry covers controversial and cultural issues, joined again in studio by his friend, author/actor/activist Ellen Snortland.

 

In the first hour, Barry discusses the crisis in Lebanon with noted expert Juan R. I. Cole, Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the University of Michigan. Are the ongoing military actions by Israel going beyond legitimate self-defense against the provocative actions of the Hezbollah? Does the "collective punishment" that Israel is in effect visiting upon the Shiites of Lebanon amount to "ethnic cleansing" and "war crimes"?

 

In the second hour, Barry talks with Catherine Crier, of Court TV fame, about her new book, "Contempt: How the Right is Wronging American Justice."

 

And in the third hour, Barry -- who's got a musical production of his own in the works -- talks with writer/actress/composer Isabel Rose about her one-woman show "J.A.P. Chronicles: The Musical," based upon her book by the same name, about her journey of self-discovery, as a Jewish American ... Powerhouse!

 

We apologize that this particular show is available only as three large segments (in order to recover dropouts, probably related to record-high temperatures in Southern California -- a very "inconvenient truth").

 

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July 16, 2006

 

Barry takes an unflinching look at what's going on in Iraq and what we can do ... and then he has some fun with a guest from way off "in left field."

 

Joining Barry in the studio is his friend Ellen Snortland, frequent contributor to "Ms. Magazine," columnist for the "Pasadena Weekly," creator of the one-woman show "Now That She's Gone," and author of "Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women and Girls" -- empowering women both physically and verbally.

 

In the first hour, Barry talks with internationally acclaimed author Anthony Arnove about his new book, "Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal" (featuring a foreword and afterword by Howard Zinn, author of "Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal," the warning for a previous generation). Countering widespread arguments made by conservatives and liberals alike in support of the occupation -- a power-grab for strategic energy resources -- Arnove insists that the U.S. presence is the major source of instability and suffering for the Iraqi people, as he lays out a constructive vision for the antiwar movement. Barry also discusses with Arnove the current, escalating conflict between Israel and the Hezbollah in Lebanon.

 

In the second hour, Barry discusses with Oscar®-winning filmmaker Barbara Trent and her co-director of the Empowerment Project, David Kasper, their powerful new documentary, "Soldiers Speak Out," told entirely in the words of American veterans who have fought in Iraq and are now opposing the operation: "a sober view of the war in Iraq and an important counterpoint to the 'stay-the-course' rhetoric of the Bush administration."

 

And in the third hour, Barry has a lot of fun talking with master impersonator, improvisationist, and funnyman Jim Meskimen ... or is that really President Bush et al. in the studio? You've probably heard Jim's voice in those hilarious JibJab cartoons that made the rounds on the Internet during the last presidential election ... or maybe heard or seen him in one of the countless commercials he's done, in between comedic and dramatic performances in television, movies, and theatre -- definitely a man of many talents! (Did we mention he's also an accomplished fine artist?)

 

 

 

July 9, 2006

 

Barry tackles some of the hardest hitting issues facing the nation ... and then has some fun.

 

In the first hour, Barry talks with Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, executive director of the Institute for Policy Research and Development in Brighton, England, and a regular commentator on BBC Radio, about his controversial book "The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation, and the Anatomy of Terrorism," which with extraordinary documentation makes a compelling case that our government and that of our allies in "The War on Terror" have for years been much more intimately involved with Al Qaeda worldwide than any of us would like to believe.

 

In the second hour, Barry's guest is Stephen F. Freeman, who holds a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from MIT's Sloan School of Management and is a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Organizational Dynamics; they discuss his long-awaited book "Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen?" Dr. Freeman's sophisticated statistical analysis concludes that the odds against the official results in the Bush re-election differing so wildly from the exit polls in state after state are so astronomical that there can be only one conclusion: Our very democracy has been subverted!

 

And in the third hour, Barry -- who has supplied the voice of the Nestle Quik Bunny and Donatello in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" -- hosts Billy West -- who has given voice to memorable characters in everything from "Space Jam" (as Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd) to "Ren & Stimpy," "Futurama," "King of the Hill," "Doug," and "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" as well as the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee and the Red M&M! In addition to having some fun, Barry and Billy talk about how starring roles in animated feature films go to big-name stars, without specialized training, rather than to accomplished voice-over artists.

 

 

 

July 2, 2006

 

Barry celebrates the Fourth of July Weekend with some political fireworks ... and some fun.

 

In the first hour, Barry talks with his old friend Stephen Rohde, a constitutional lawyer and the past president of the ACLU of Southern California, about the legacy of civil rights we have inherited from the founders of this great nation -- this "experiment in liberty" -- and how our precious freedoms as Americans and as human beings are being trampled by the excesses of the Bush administration and other powerful forces on the Right.

 

In the second hour, Barry discusses with Professor Harvey J. Kaye, of the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, his powerful book "Thomas Paine and the Promise of America," which recognizes the oft-overlooked founder not only as a key player in having energized the citizenry during the Revolution but also as the Father of American Liberalism, as through his calls for government actions we now term progressive income taxes, food stamps, Social Security, and international arms-reduction treaties.

 

And in the third hour, Barry talks with his old friend Dorian Harewood -- star of "The Jesse Owens Story," "Roots," and countless other film and television productions, including the current hit NBC TV series "Las Vegas" and the new ABC Family original series "Kyle XY" -- about his exciting new video, "Strictly Blackjack (Winning Without Counting)," which many in the audience going to Vegas or other gambling meccas over the four-day Fourth of July holiday weekend may just find very profitable (although Barry says if you gamble, or drink, do so sensibly).