Show Details for March 2nd, 2008

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This week’s guests

 — GREG PALAST on Exxon, the Valdez, and Elections
— Journalist DORI SMITH reports on the upcoming primary in Rhode Island

 — GREG PALAST on Exxon, the Valdez, and Elections

BBC reporter and author GREG PALAST joins Monitor co-host Mark Bebawi tonight. 
It’s been 19 years since the Exxon Valdez dumped its load of crude oil across the Prince William Sound in Alaska.  Palast writes, “1990 and 1991, I worked for the Chenega and Chugach Natives of Alaska on trying to get Exxon to pay up to save the remote villages of the Sound. Exxon’s response was, “We can hold out in court until you’re all dead.”

In his own inimitable fashion, Palast defines ‘tort reform:’

“‘Tort Reform,’ by which they mean they want to take away the God-given right of any American, rich or poor, to sue the bastards who crush your child’s skull through product negligence, make your heart explode with a faulty medical device, siphon off your pension funds, or poison your food supply with spilled oil.”

Greg’s bestseller “Armed Madhouse” has been called “at once scary, infuriating, fascinating and frustrating,” Palast himself has been dubbed “a fire-breathing investigative reporter.”  His other recent bestseller is “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.”

Greg also continues his investigations on elections.  He famously uncovered evidence that Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, and Florida Elections Unit Chief Clay Roberts, along with the ChoicePoint corporation, rigged the ballots during the US Presidential Election of 2000 and again in 2004.

Armed Madhouse: From Baghdad to New Orleans — Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild

“Exxon suxx. McCain duxx”
By Greg Palast
February 28, 2008
— Journalist DORI SMITH reports on the upcoming primary in Rhode Island

As the Democratic primary continues to heat up, Dori Smith provides us with an exclusive, her audio from Rhode Island, with speech clips by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and voters in Rhode Island.

Dori produces a wide-ranging weekly radio show, Talk Nation Radio (, at WHUS in Connecticut, and also has produced for Pacifica.  Dori has been investigating election systems for over a year.  In January, Dori Smith reported for The Monitor on the New Hampshire primary. 


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