On today’s show: hosts Mark Walsh and Jonathan Aberman talk to an investigative reporter who spent eight months looking into a difficult side of health care. In her latest project Impossible Choice, Joanne Faryon offers up a rare look inside a nursing home unit where every single patient is on life support. She tells us why most Californians don’t know about “vent farms” and how much they are costing.
John Ourand wrote a behind-the-scenes story for Sports Business Daily on why ESPN decided to suspend Bill Simmons for three weeks. He’ll explain what he heard, and what signals the suspension sends out.
Juliet Eilperin, White House correspondent for The Washington Post, tells us why Attorney General Eric Holder stepped down and who might replace him.
Adam Clayton Powell III, Senior Fellow of International Mobile Studies at the USC Center on Communication Leadership is also a Policy Senior Advisor of Technology and Innovation with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. Show co-hosts Mark Walsh and Jonathan Aberman wanted to know: Should the internet be regulated as a utility as Nancy Pelosi suggested this week? We also discussed what is being done to provide access to the underserved. (Listen to the full interview. Runs 18:52)
Alexander Panetta, Washington Correspondent for The Canadian Press, tells us what to expect next now that the majority of Scots have voted ‘no’ to independence. Panetta explains how his home province of Quebec has dealt with the reality of a divided people living with similar votes in both 1980 and 1995. (Listen to the full interview. Runs 12:25)
Grace Cerrone, Founder & CEO of MyDemocracy.com explains how her concept gives the average American a voice in Congress. She describes how her organization brings the voice of Middle America back to Congress. (Listen to the full interview. Runs 14:55)
Richard Levick, Chairman & CEO of the communications firm Levick joins Mark Walsh and Jonathan Aberman in studio to discuss all sorts of PR nightmares: from the NFL Ray Rice scandal, to South Carolina Member of Congress Mark Sanford’s Facebook break-up to the ever-lingering lessons learned from former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s guilty verdict. (Listen to full interview now. Runs 15:47)
Lisa Desjardins, long-time Capitol Hill reporter, was in studio to tell us about the upcoming mid-term elections, what’s at stake, and what to prepare for. We find out what she thinks of predictions that the Senate will soon be led by Republicans. We will also get a primer on a topic likely be on a lot of politicians’ lips: impeachment. Lisa and the show hosts disagree on what role impeachment will play in the upcoming months… (Listen to full interview. Runs 20:08)
In our second hour, Alexandra Jaffe enlightened us about politics. She covers campaigns for The Hill, and has lots to share on which races to watch in November, and what trends she sees. Read her latest articles. (Listen to full interview. Runs 16:02)
Judith Yaphe is a George Washington University Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs and Senior Research Fellow and Middle East Project Director in the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. She says she has never seen a worse situation than what she sees today: terrorists in control of large geographical areas, horrific tactics and no united plan to calm the situation. She enlightens on the latest beheading at the hands of ISIS, British aid worker David Haines, and what actions British Prime Minister David Cameron might be forced to take as a result. (Listen to full interview. Runs 12:49)
Michael Chasen, founder and CEO of SocialRadar, the mobile social location service and co-founder & former CEO of Blackboard education technology talks about what’s new in the tech world, and what’s on his personal/professional horizon. (Listen to the full interview. Runs 16:23)