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While some argue Christmas is really a religious Christian holiday, that's just not the case. On this show, Burt's guest is the Reverend Selena Fox, a Wiccan priestess, interfaith minister, environmentalist, Pagan elder, author, and lecturer in the fields of Pagan studies, Ecopsychology, and comparative religion. Rev. Fox is a trained counselor and psychotherapist, and began leading public Pagan rituals in 1971 and has done public education about Paganism since 1973.What has come to be known as Christmas really is a holiday for everyone to enjoy and celebrate! Listen in to this fun show.

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Not just the right wing plutocrats, but both parties now focus on cuts to solve the deficit and debt problem.Guest on this show is Roosevelt scholar David Woolner who points out why the opposite is needed: America should spend much more to stimulate demand and thus raise more revenue. That is the only approach that will work.

Both FDR and Obama faced some similar challenges; FDR took a stand for the common good in opposition to what he saw as the short term greed of the "economic royalists," while for many reasons, Obama and today's Democrats are more accomodating. Woolner insists that approach will not address our economic realities. Huge income disparities are not only morally wrong, he argues, but are economically counterproductive as well. A stimulating discussion.

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Congress has consistently passed the buck and now, instead of taking responsibility themselves, cuts across the board are threatened. Some, like Defense Secreatary Gates, have blamed entitilements, others, like today's guest cites out of control spending at the Pentagon. Dr. Gordon Adams is professor of International Relations at American Univerity where he teaches national security policy and resource planning. He was a member of the OMB Agency transition team for Obama in 2009 and regularly meets with Pentagon decision makers. Adams argues that cuts, not just in the level of growth, but real cuts can be made without harming our national security. And this year, it may even be politically possible.

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If you see the movie, you owe it to yourself to listen to this interview. Spielberg's basic premise is false. What is true is that Lincoln's presidency had a profound effect on the America we now live in, with so much power in the hands of a few corporate interests. There's a reason why the so-called Civil War (it was not) is still so hotly contentious. Author Professor Thomas DiLorenzo sheds a great deal of much needed light on the real Lincoln. Enjoy the movie, it's a good one, but recognize it is entertaining fiction. Here's the truth.

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