BTS 9/10/07: Petraeus Report; Economic Hard Landing; Runaway Production Challenge

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General Petraeus began his report today – though the LA Times says it should be called the White House Report. Is Petraeus being used like Colin Powell and what should we expect from the report? We’ll ask Paul Waldman.

The economy continues to tank, financial wizards are resurrecting the ideas of Hyman Minsky to explain the current credit and liquidity crisis, and Nouriel Roubini says the US economy is going to have a hard landing. We’ll ask him to explain.

And finally, Gene Warren, Gretchen Koerner, and Earl Brendlinger join us in studio to talk about the challenge to Canadian Film & TV subsidies through the US Trade Act.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Paul Waldman has authored and co-authored a number of books on media and politics, worked in electoral campaigns and political consulting, and edited an online magazine. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America. His latest book is Being Right Is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success.

2. Dr. Nouriel Roubini is an internationally known expert in the field of international macroeconomics. He is a Professor of Economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business and is also the co-founder and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics LLC, an economic and geo-strategic information service named one of the best economics websites in the world by Business Week, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and The Economist. The website url is www.rgemonitor.com. Dr. Roubini served as a senior adviser to the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the U.S. Treasury Department; has published numerous policy papers and books on key international macroeconomic issues; and is regularly cited as an authority in the media. He received his Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard University, and was previously a faculty member at Yale University.

3. Gene Warren Jr. is an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor. He is one of the three executive directors of the Film and Television Action Committee (FTAC).

4. Gretchen Koerner has appeared in national commercials, television (Strong Medicine, The Guiding Light) and independent films. After training in the classics in London and performing improv with Far Beneath Gotham in New York City, she moved to Los Angeles, where she became active in the Screen Actors Guild. Koerner has served on the SAG National Board of Directors, and three terms as a SAG Hollywood Board member. She currently serves as Chair of the SAG National Legislative Committee.