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They attract concerned people by talking about ending "partisan bickering" in Washington. But what is "No Labels," really? On this show, Richard Eskow, Senior Fellow at the Campagin for America's Future, talks about what his research uncovered. It seems the talk of governing from the middle really means Democrats must be the ones to compromise and institionalize the power of the moneyed right wing's agenda. If you are a Democrat and are thinking of supporting a No Labels candidate, you might want to give a thorough listen first.

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The first world war was anything but inevitable. As we approach the centennial of the start of that unspeakably horrible bloodbath, there's a new book by author Jack Beatty called 1914; Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began. How much of the war was a convenient way of avoiding class struggle in Germany and England? Might the war have been stopped had an angry wife's bullet missed it's mark, the editor of a newspaper? Would the war have ended much sooner had the US not entered? And why was the monarch of Austria-Hungary thrilled that his nephew Franz Ferdinand was assassinated? So much more. History still turns on a dime.

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Of course they lost the Civil War militarily, but according to Sarah Robinson, senior editor of the Visions page at AlterNet, in 2012 the victory is near total: the cultural and political values of the Southern aristocracy have been adopted in full by the Republican Party. If you doubt this, just listen in. It's a solid case. It's time for Yankee values to stand and fight.

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Time For a Financial Transactions Tax?

High speed massive stock trades are something relatively new but are now pervasive on Wall Street. What do they mean for the larger economy? To control any dangerous volatility, Europe is moving quickly to institute a miniscule financial transactions tax, and more Americans are talking about the idea as well. On this segment, Sarah Anderson, Global Economy Project Director at the Institute for Policy Studcies explains what a financial transactions tax is, the arguments for and against it, and how it might affect ourt economic stability.

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American mainstream media has pretty much ignored the massive uprising which has overwhelmed Montreal. On May 22, there were 400,000 people in the streets, all in violation of a new law banning such protests. The spark was a sudden 75% increase in tuition for university. Guest on this show is Ethan Cox a 28 year old who has been covering the events since they began. There have been demonstrrations of support of the students in over 70 cities across the world. Cox gives a throrogh account of what is really happening in Quebec.

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