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KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells -- Healthcare in America, with Whistleblower, Wendall Potter and Dr. Philip Caper

Wendell Potter

“As one former insurance executive testified before Congress, insurance companies are not only encouraged to find reasons to drop the seriously ill; they are rewarded for it. All of this is in service of meeting what this former executive called, ‘Wall Street’s relentless profit expectations.’” — President Barack Obama, Remarks to Joint Session of Congress, September 9, 2009

Following a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive, Wendell left his position as head of communications for CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, to help socially responsible organizations — including those advocating for meaningful health care reform — achieve their goals.

In widely covered testimony before the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee in June of 2009, Wendell disclosed how insurance companies, as part of their efforts to boost profits, have engaged in practices that have resulted in millions of Americans being forced into the ranks of the uninsured. Wendell also described how the insurance industry has developed and implemented strategic communications plans, based on deceptive public relations, advertising and lobbying efforts, to defeat reform initiatives.

Since then Wendell has testified before two House committees, briefed several members of Congress and their staffs, appeared with members of Congress at several press conferences, spoken at more than 100 public forums, and has been the subject of numerous articles in the U.S. and foreign media.

His new book is an expose of health insurers and a stark warning that corporate spin is distorting our democracy. Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans (Bloomsbury Press hardcover, November 2010) tells us why — and how — we must fight back.

Wendell is currently a senior analyst at the The Center for Public Integrity, a non-partisan nonprofit that produces original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern; the senior fellow on health care for the Center for Media and Democracy, an independent, non-partisan public interest organization; and speaks out on both the need for a fundamental overhaul of the American health care system and on the dangers to American democracy and society of the decline of the media as watchdog, which has contributed to the growing and increasingly unchecked influence of corporate PR. He also serves as a consumer liaison representative for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Dr. Phillip Caper

Philip Caper received his BA, MS and MD degrees at UCLA, and was trained in Internal Medicine on the Harvard Medical Unit at Boston City Hospital. He and has held professorships at Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (where he was also Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs, Chief of the Medical Staff and Hospital Director), has been an adjunct lecturer on Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, a Research Associate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an Associate in Health Policy and Management at the The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

From 1971 to 1976, he was a professional staff member on the United States Senate Labor and Human Resources Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Senator Edward Kennedy. Dr. Caper was a charter member of the nation’s top health care advisory panel, the National Council on Health Planning and Development (created by PL93-641) from 1977 to 1984, chairing the panel from 1980 to 1984. He was also founder and chairman of the Codman Group (1986-2001), a health care software and consulting company with an international reputation and clientele. Codman pioneered the use of PC-based statistical data to provide its clients with detailed information about the costs and quality of medical care used by defined populations. Clients included over 20 Blue-Cross/Blue Shield companies, and over a dozen state health departments, data agencies and Medicaid programs.

He is a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. For the past 10 years, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Medical Foundation (now Health Resources in Action), a Boston-based health care organization whose mission is the promotion of public health and advancement of medical research. He currently serves on the Board of Maine AllCare, the PNHP chapter in Maine, a group advocating for a universal improved Medicare-for-All program for the state of Maine and is a member of the national board of Physicians For A National Health Program.

He has published numerous articles in professional journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Business and Health, The American Journal of Public Health, The Journal of Public Health Policy and Health Affairs where he served on the Editorial Advisory Board from its founding to 2003. He has also written numerous letters to the editor and op-ed articles advocating for a publicly run universal health care program for Maine and the U.S., and is now a regular monthly columnist for the Bangor Daily News, Maine’s second largest paper, where he writes about health policy.


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Dr. Philip Caper Talks About America's Healthcare System -- The Good and The Bad

Philip Caper received his BA, MS and MD degrees at UCLA, and was trained in Internal Medicine on the Harvard Medical Unit at Boston City Hospital. He and has held professorships at Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (where he was also Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs, Chief of the Medical Staff and Hospital Director), has been an adjunct lecturer on Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, a Research Associate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an Associate in Health Policy and Management at the The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

From 1971 to 1976, he was a professional staff member on the United States Senate Labor and Human Resources Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Senator Edward Kennedy. Dr. Caper was a charter member of the nation’s top health care advisory panel, the National Council on Health Planning and Development (created by PL93-641) from 1977 to 1984, chairing the panel from 1980 to 1984. He was also founder and chairman of the Codman Group (1986-2001), a health care software and consulting company with an international reputation and clientele. Codman pioneered the use of PC-based statistical data to provide its clients with detailed information about the costs and quality of medical care used by defined populations. Clients included over 20 Blue-Cross/Blue Shield companies, and over a dozen state health departments, data agencies and Medicaid programs.

He is a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. For the past 10 years, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Medical Foundation (now Health Resources in Action), a Boston-based health care organization whose mission is the promotion of public health and advancement of medical research. He currently serves on the Board of Maine AllCare, the PNHP chapter in Maine, a group advocating for a universal improved Medicare-for-All program for the state of Maine and is a member of the national board of Physicians For A National Health Program.

He has published numerous articles in professional journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Business and Health, The American Journal of Public Health, The Journal of Public Health Policy and Health Affairs where he served on the Editorial Advisory Board from its founding to 2003. He has also written numerous letters to the editor and op-ed articles advocating for a publicly run universal health care program for Maine and the U.S., and is now a regular monthly columnist for the Bangor Daily News, Maine’s second largest paper, where he writes about health policy.
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KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells -- Guest: Shadi Petosky

Los Angeles based Shadi Petosky is the co-founder of Interactive Entertainment studio PUNY. With a background in programming and design she began her web career in 1997, when the web was young, making sites and games for Microsoft, Target, and PBS. In 2004 she took a break from interactive to start a studio called BIg Time Attic to make educational graphic novels on genetics, paleontology, geology, and space for Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Simon & Shuster and as a US Government contractor for NOAA and the USGS. In 2007 she spun-off PUNY to focus on animation and emerging media and in three years has become a leader in developing interactive content for kids and anyone looking for fun. Best known as animation supervisor for the breakout hit “Yo Gabba Gabba!” and creating [3 Time Webby Award Honoree/Nominee, Kidscreen Award Winner] www.yogabbagabba.com. PUNY has designed, animated, or written TV pilots for Cartoon Network, BBC Americas, IFC Channels, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, and Fox and have worked on four feature films including Drew Barrymore’s “Big Miracle” and “SUPER” starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, and Liv Tyler. Shadi opened the storefront “Pink Hobo – Geek Art Gallery” to curate things that inspire her, voted “Minneapolis’ Best Art Gallery” by L’etoile and Metro Magazine. She also hosted a monthly live comedy show in Minneapolis called “The HUGE PUNY show” and occasionally finds herself on stage in LA’s alternative comedy scene or on the occasional podcast.

Shadi is a Los Angeles based transgender woman who is not an activist but like many transgender people find’s herself thrust into politics every time she wants to pee or poop.
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KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells -- Guest: Lesbian Activist Cathy Brennan

Cathy Brennan is a long time lesbian activist in Baltimore, Maryland. Cathy has been involved in numerous legislative campaigns, most notably the Anti-Discrimination Act of 2002, which banned discrimination based on sexual orieentation in employment, housing and public accommodations. Cathy also actively lobbied in support of Maryland HB 235 in 2011, which would have banned discrimination based on gender identity in employment and housing. Cathy currently focuses her advocacy on the eradication of gender stereotypes, the promotion of radical feminism, the defense of women-only space and the fight against male violence against women and children.
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KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells -- Guests: Dr. Roger Ray and Harry Fear

Dr. Roger Ray holds masters and doctoral degrees in divinity from Vanderbilt University as well as a bachelors in philosophy from Murray State University. He was a 2004 Merriell Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Ray writes a religion and ethics column for the Springfield News-Leader which appears on Wednesdays under the title, “From the Left.” He is also the author of Christian Wisdom for Today as well as various journal and magazine columns. Dr. Rays’ sermons have been published in several professional journals and popular collections. He had 28 years of experience in pastoral ministry before becoming the founding pastor of Community Christian Church in August of 2008.

Harry Fear is a British journalist and campaigning documentary maker. He works independently and as a freelancer. He is also a radio show co-host (KCAA’s own Palestine Today series with Kathleen). He regularly lectures around the world on his work in Gaza and the Israel-Palestine conflict. He’s just come back from Copenhagen, Denmark, where he did a 20-minute talk at the prestigious TEDx conference there (TEDx is a franchised, independent version of the well-known TED organisation).” Read the rest of entry »

Taki S. Raton: Why the Civil Rights Movement Has Failed Black People

Taki S. Raton is an Adjunct Professor at Springfield College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the undergraduate and graduate levels.

He is former founder and principal of Blyden Delany Academy in Milwaukee. Operating under the African Centered instructional and student-centered developmental model, this all-Black private school served area children from 1998 to 2008 in K4 through 8th grade learning levels. A writer and lecturer on the national stage detailing African World Historiography, urban community concerns with emphasis on education, the social development of Black youth and African American male issues, Raton is additionally host of the weekly Thursday evening radio show, “MenThink” on the Harambee Radio & TV Internet Broadcast network.

His work and authorship in the education of African American youth has been referenced in A House Divided No More – Time for Indigenous Communal Healing (James, 2011), “Why aren’t African Centered charters running turnarounds” (Herold, “The NoteBook” – February 2011), “The Afro-Centric Education Debate Alive in Milwaukee” (Asmerom, The Atlanta Post – November 22, 2010) Brother to Brother – A Message of Hope (James, 2008), American Journal of Education (Merry and New, 2008), and Why our children hate us – How Black adults have betrayed Black children (Grimes and Slaughter, 2006).

He is a contributing writer for The Milwaukee Community Journal and Milwaukee Courier newspapers. His series “Young, Gifted & Black” appears bi-monthly in the Courier highlighting exemplar achievements of African American youth elementary through college. Twenty-six articles will have been published under this banner marking its first year continuous series run as of February 22, 2013. He further organized and moderated two panel presentations on Tom Burrell’s book Brainwashed in Milwaukee at UW-M on May 7, 2010 and at Chicago’s Black Star Project on July 31, 2010. Raton has and currently assist in a consultantship capacity with private schools in obtaining their pre-accreditation and accreditation standard requirements.

Under the co-sponsorship of 100 Black Men Chicago and Milwaukee chapters, Mr. Raton has over the past four years from 2009 through 2012 respectively coordinated the bus coach trip of a total 65 top African American seniors from Milwaukee, Kenosha, Beloit, and Madison for the annual Honors Student Reception in Chicago. Joining over 200 other Chicago area seniors, these select Southeast Wisconsin achievers are invited to interact with national college and university representatives to explore admissions and scholarship opportunities. Invitational student criteria include 3.3 GPA and 23 cum or above on the ACT.
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KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells -- Guests: Cynthia McKinney and Leonard Rowe

KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells -- Guests: Michael Parenti and Philip Giraldi

Michael Parenti

Michael Parenti is an internationally known, award winning scholar, with a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. His twenty-five books include The Face of Imperialism (2011); God and His Demons(2010); and The Assassination of Julius Caesar (2003). He recently published an “ethnic memoir” of his childhood entitled Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid’s Life.
Hundreds of his articles have been published in scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers, books of collected readings, and online publications.
Dr. Parenti lectures frequently across North America and abroad. His work covers a wide range of subjects, including politics, history, empire, wealth, class power, culture, ideology, media, environment, gender, and ethnic life. For further information, visit his website: www.MichaelParenti.org.

Phillip Giraldi -

Philip Giraldi is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a columnist and television commentator who is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a group that advocates for more even handed policies by the U.S. government in the Middle East.
Giraldi was employed by the CIA for eighteen years working in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain and is fluent in Turkish, Italian, German, and Spanish.
Since 1992 Giraldi has consulted for several Fortune 500 corporate clients. President of San Marco International, an international security management and risk assessment consulting firm and a partner in Cannistraro Associates, another security consultancy. Giraldi has written columns on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues for The American Conservative magazine, Huffington Post, and Antiwar.com and op-ed pieces for the Hearst Newspaper chain. He has been interviewed by Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the British Broadcasting Corporation, al-Jazeera, al-Arabiya and other outlets. During the 2008 presidential primaries, Giraldi served as a foreign policy adviser to Ron Paul.
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Palestine Today -- Guest: Palestinian Salam Abu Sharar

Salam is the only son of Palestinian Liberation Organization leader, Majed Abu Sharar. Read the rest of entry »

Bill Fletcher, Jr., Talks About the Government Shutdown and the New GOP

Bill Fletcher, Jr., is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Labor Rights Forum, Executive Editor of The Black Commentator and founder of the Center for Labor Renewal. A longtime labor, racial justice and international activist, he is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, a national non-profit organization organizing, educating and advocating for policies in favor of the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. Fletcher is also a founder of the Black Radical Congress and is a Senior Scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.

Fletcher is the co-author (with Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided, The Crisis in Organized Labor and A New Path Toward Social Justice (University of California Press). He was formerly the Vice President for International Trade Union Development Programs for the George Meany Center of the AFL-CIO. Prior the George Meany Center, Fletcher served as Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO.

Fletcher got his start in the labor movement as a rank and file member of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America. Combining labor and community work, he was also involved in ongoing efforts to desegregate the Boston building trades. He later served in leadership and staff positions in District 65-United Auto Workers, National Postal Mail Handlers Union and Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Fletcher is a graduate of Harvard University and has authored numerous articles and speaks widely on domestic and international topics, racial justice and labor issues.


Here is Bill's website:

http://www.speakoutnow.org/userdata_display.php?modin=50&uid=266


And his talk about his book: Solidarity Divided:

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