AlterNet Radio: Poverty, Not Teachers' Unions, Is What's Plaguing Our Schools; Right-Wingers Setting the Middle East on Fire

This week on the Alternet Radio Hour, we're joined by Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, a professor of education at Stanford University, who gives us the ins and outs of school financing and explains what's really hurting our kids' educational outcomes.

Date: Sat, 09/15/2012 - 12:29

As America Is Attacked By Religious Extremists Abroad, Christian Right Leader Incites Hatred At Home

Across the Islamic world, mobs are attacking American embassies because of a hateful film made by an Egyptian Coptic Christian. And in Washington a rightwing Christian leader is inciting hatred toward the poor (and people of color) in midwestern cities who he says will illegally vote for Obama. And this poisonous venting is cheered by fellow Repubicans.

Date: Sat, 09/15/2012 - 08:39

US Deploys Forces as Muslim Anger Spreads


Washington said it was deploying forces to cope with violence in as many as 18 different locations as deadly Muslim anger spreads over a US-made movie that mocks Islam.

Two US marines were killed in Afghanistan when insurgents armed with guns and rockets stormed a heavily fortified air base late on Friday in an attack that the Taliban militia said was to avenge the film.

Date: Sat, 09/15/2012 - 08:39

Striking Chicago Teachers Rewrite Carly Rae Jepsen: "When There's a Contract, Then Call Us Maybe!"

If there's any doubt in your mind that the striking Chicago teachers really, really care about their students, here's some proof: not one, but two separate takes on teen hit "Call Me Maybe" by pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen, rewritten for the occasion. And there's choreography!


Date: Sat, 09/15/2012 - 08:11

House Republicans Plan Two Month Vacation, Leaving Key Bills Awaiting Action

House Republican Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced Friday that after next week, the House will stand in recess until November 13. His plan for a nearly two month vacation will undoubtedly allow more time for campaigning, but will leave several vital bills awaiting action.


Among the important legislation the House will likely not address before the November elections:

Date: Sat, 09/15/2012 - 08:04

Bill Maher Says Romney's Weak Egypt/Libya Response Just Lost Him the Election

Last night on Bill Maher, the host asserted that Romney dropkicked his chances to win this week based on his amateurish reaction to the violence in Egypt and Libya, comparing him to John McCain in 2008, when McCain "looked unready to deal with the financial crisis." Maher partly based his argument on the fact that Obama just looks "cooler and smarter, because he is."

Date: Sat, 09/15/2012 - 07:17

Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law Overturned... For Now


A county court judge in Madison, Wisconsin threw out much of Act 10, Wisconsin’s controversial collective bargaining law yesterday. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel explains the ruling:

Date: Sat, 09/15/2012 - 07:06

Pregnancy Testing in Bars?


First thought: The obsession with OMG WOMEN ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG WHILE PREGNANT is hitting new highs (lows?) when bars are offering pregnancy tests in the bathrooms to make sure that no woman ever accidentally has a glass of wine after insemination.

Date: Sat, 09/15/2012 - 06:52

Wall Street and the Cost of Forgetting: On the Anniversary of Lehman Brothers' Bankruptcy


Wall Street wants America to forget September 15, 2008.

Date: Sat, 09/15/2012 - 06:35