Saturday, September 23, 2006

Talk Radio's Middle Class Champion: A Podcast Interview With Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann is a dynamic voice for the aggrieved middle class. After one commercial break on a recent broadcast, the national radio host proudly declared,
“Welcome back to the Thom Hartman show where our talking points come from Jefferson and Madison, not some right wing think tank.”
He then asks, “Will the next election be hacked?” as he promotes Bobby Kennedy, Jr.’s article in Rolling Stone magazine that examines fraudulent vote counting to the benefit of Republican candidates.

Talkers Magazine noted,
“There's a buzz growing around nationally syndicated talk show host Thom Hartmann, whose nationally syndicated daily program is drawing high marks by those who are on the lookout for talk radio's ‘Great Liberal Hope.’”
His syndicated radio show is carried on more than 80 radio stations daily from noon to 3 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Sunday mornings from 10 AM to 1 PM EST. It broadcasts 7 days a week on Sirius Satellite Radio, and is streamed live on the web from Radio Power, The White Rose Society, Air America Radio and CRN Digital into cable systems in 29 states.

Hartmann is also an award-winning, best selling author of fourteen books, an entrepreneur, and an innovator in the fields of psychiatry, ecology and economics. The former executive director of a residential treatment program for emotionally disturbed and abused children, Hartmann has helped set up hospitals, schools, famine relief programs, and communities for orphaned or blind children in Africa, Australia, Europe, India, Israel, Russian, South America and the United States.

Most recently Hartman authored, Screwed: The
Undeclared War On the Middle Class - And What We Can Do About It (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.). The theme of Hartmann’s new book is captured in this paragraph from his introduction:
“When there is no American Dream, when there is no middle class, there cannot be real democracy. That’s why when elections are brought to nations that are in crisis or that don’t have a broad, stable, well-educated middle class – such as Egypt, Iraq, Iran and the Palestinian territories – the result is aristocrats, ‘strongmen,’ or theocrats exploiting those elections as a way of gaining decidedly undemocratic power.”
Hartmann graciously agreed to an interview with me about his new book and political philosophy. Please refer to the media player below. This interview can also be accessed for free via the Itunes Store by searching for "Intrepid Liberal Journal."

My thanks to the
Crooks and Liars website for linking my blog today!


Manifest Dignity said...

I'm thinking you need to pursue a second career as a journalists! :-)

The middle class in California is certainly getting screwed right now...mainly because the Governator thinks the thin layer of multi-millionaires is the middle class. :-/

Bill said...

Congrats on the notice you're getting!

I'm enjoying your new podcast sound-- and curious about the technology you're using to accomplish it. It's a great addition to be able to link to the interviews.

katiebird said...

I love, LOVE, love this interview. It's very interesting. AND, you did a fantastic job on the technical end.

(I'm with Bill and curious about the technology you're using)


thepoetryman said...

The link was a dead end for the interview...? I enjoyed the post and I would love to hear the podcast. Congrats on the C&L link-up, my friend...

Deirdre Helfferich said...

Hartmann is fantastic. Your site is getting better and better, Rob. Keep it up.

JollyRoger said...

This guy is, bar none, the smartest guy on the radio, and the easiest one to listen to to boot. he is so calm, so polite, and so utterly, utterly correct-and he brings his facts to the table.