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Show Details for the week of July 16th, 2012

Posted by themonitor on July 16, 2012


  • Big Banks LIBOR scandal -was it a ‘Conspiracy’? – an interview with Bill Black.
  • Fukushima was a man-made disaster – Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported: “The Fukushima nuclear disaster was the result of ‘man-made’ failures before and after last year’s earthquake, according to a report from an independent parliamentary investigation.” We revisit the story with Greg Palast.
More about our guests:

Bill Black

Bill Black is an associate professor of economics and law. He was the executive director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention from 2005-2007. He previously taught at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and at Santa Clara University, where he was also the distinguished scholar in residence for insurance law and a visiting scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Professor Black was litigation director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, deputy director of the FSLIC, SVP and general counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, and senior deputy chief counsel, Office of Thrift Supervision. He was deputy director of the National Commission on Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement.

His book, The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One (University of Texas Press 2005), has been called “a classic.” Professor Black recently helped the World Bank develop anti-corruption initiatives and served as an expert for OFHEO in its enforcement action against Fannie Mae’s former senior management.

He teaches white-collar crime, public finance, antitrust, law and economics, and Latin American development at University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law

Twitter:  Bill Black.

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Greg Palast

Bloomberg BusinessWeek  reported: “The Fukushima nuclear disaster was the result of ‘man-made’ failures before and after last year’s earthquake, according to a report from an independent parliamentary investigation.” The Monitor brings Greg Palast back on the show to remind listeners that we have known this for a long time.

Greg Palast is the author of the the newly released book, Vultures’ Picnic and the New York Times bestsellers, Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.
Greg Palast turned his skills to journalism after two decades as a top investigator of corporate fraud. Palast directed the U.S. government’s largest racketeering case in history–winning a $4.3 billion jury award. He also conducted the investigation of fraud charges in the Exxon Valdez grounding.

Following the Deepwater Horizon explosion,  Greg Palast  set off on a five-continent undercover investigation of BP and the oil industry for British television’s top current affairs program, Dispatches

Greg Palast turned his skills to journalism after two decades as a top investigator of corporate fraud. Palast directed the U.S. government’s largest racketeering case in history–winning a $4.3 billion jury award. He also conducted the investigation of fraud charges in the Exxon Valdez grounding.

Following the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Palast set off on a five-continent undercover investigation of BP and the oil industry for British television’s top current affairs program, Dispatches.

Related: In February 2012, under contract with Greenpeace, Fairewinds wrote a report titled “The Echo Chamber: Regulatory Capture and the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster.”
Twitter:  Greg Palast.
Related links from Greg’s website:
  1. The Fukushima story you didn’t hear on CNN – Greg Palast 

    http://www.gregpalast.com/the-fukushima-story-you-didnt-hear-on-cnn/

    Mar 8, 2012 – On March 12 this year, as I watched Fukushima melt, I knew: the “SQ” had been faked. Anderson Cooper said it would all be OK. He’d flown to 

  2. Tokyo Electric to Build US Nuclear Plants – Greg Palast 

    Mar 14, 2011 – One of the reactors dancing with death at Fukushima Station 1 was built by Toshiba. Toshiba was also an architect of the emergency diesel 

  3. Not Another Ransom Note – Greg Palast | Investigative Reporter

    Aug 1, 2011 – We are in the midst of a full-blown investigation of the nuclear industry which, despite Fukushima, is rising from the crypt, resurrected by billions 

  4. BP’s Secret Deepwater Blowout – Greg Palast | Investigative Reporter

    Apr 19, 2011 – What happens in Fukushima or Baku affects lives and property in the USA. “Regulation” has become a dirty word in US politics. Corporations 

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