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Peter and Mickey spend the hour with David Talbot, author of "The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government."  According to Talbot, Dulles -- a Wall Street lawyer turned spymaster -- shaped the modern CIA, defied the will of Presidents, and was complicit in the JFK assassination. Talbot says that Dulles' influence continues into modern times, in government acitivities such as torture, rendition, and pervasive surveillance.

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Nuclear-industry critics Arnie and Maggie Gunderson warn that, four-and-a-half years after the meltdown, Fukushima still poses a danger to Japan and the Pacific region, and that the Japanese government is trying to prevent journalists and physicians from disclosing the ongoing problems.
The program closes with an excerpt from a speech by Arnie Gunderson rebutting the idea of nuclear power as a solution to global warming. 
Arnie and Maggie Gunderson both worked in the nuclear-power industry, then became whistleblowers about problems in the industry. They now operate the Fairewinds foundation
(www.fairewinds.org)
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Peter Phillips and Anthony Fest spend the hour discussing the battle for LGBT rights -- past, present, and future. Renown LGBT historian Lillian Faderman speaks about her new book "The Gay Revolution," a chronicle of the gay-rights struggle from the 1940s to the present day. Later in the hour, Marin college student and activist Caitlin McCoy joins the conversation with an LGBT-youth perspective. Mickey Huff will return next week. 

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Peter and Mickey spend the hour speaking with author/educator Henry Giroux.  Giroux explains the concept of 'critical pedagogy,' and the pivotal role that education plays for the whole of society. He warns of the increasing domination of the world by the ultra-rich, and a new form of anti-intellectualism fostered by a failing corporate media. Among the measures the left must take to resist these forces, he names the formation of a third political party, and more academics taking on the duties of public intellectuals, rather than limiting 
their activities to the campus.
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