BTS 10/29/07: CA Fires; Health Care; Herbert Aptheker

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Southern California is reeling from the devastating fires of the last week that killed at least 7 people, evacuated near a million and destroyed 1800 homes. Raging fires -- and raging politics too as the government response was politicized as the ‘anti-Katrina,’ featuring fake-news broadcasts cheerleading FEMA’s response – and the anti-super-Dome in the Qualcomm stadium which hosted evacuees, this time with massages and Starbucks, not neglect, denial and death. Mike Davis joins us tonight to discuss the Fires this time.

We then take a look at the number one domestic issue – our inadequate healthcare delivery system and the candidate’s prescriptions for reform with Jamie Court.

Finally we look at the contradictions of history with Christopher Phelps who has written two articles on Bettina Aptheker’s memoir – a revelation about her famed progressive father Herbert Aptheker.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Mike Davis is the author of The Monster at our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu (New Press), Prisoners of the American Dream (Verso), Magical Urbanism, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, Dead Cities, Under the Perfect Sun (With Kelly Mayhew and Jim Miller); plus a series of books for children: Pirates, Bats and Dragons and Land of the Lost Mammoths.

2. Jamie Court is President of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Santa Monica, author of Corporateering: How Corporate Power Steals Your Personal Freedom...and What You Can Do About It, and co-author of Making A Killing: HMOs and the Threat To Your Health.

3. Christopher Phelps is an associate professor of history at the Ohio State University at Mansfield. He is the author of Young Sidney Hook: Marxist and Pragmatist (University of Michigan Press). Phelps has written for periodicals such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Nation, New Politics, American Quarterly, The Journal of American History, and The American Historical Review.