BTS 4/21/08: Philadelphia Primary; Food Crisis

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The Keystone State Primary is tomorrow. We’ll check in with John Nichols and Adolph Reed on the politics, the race – the way it’s covered, as well as the politics of race and its class component.

We then talk to Elizabeth Ramey, a former cattle farmer and current Ph.D. candidate who writes about the political economy of food, the US agricultural system, commodities, food, land and oil prices – and their relation to bubbles, housing and otherwise. With food riots in more than 30 countries, We’ll talk to Elizabeth about what is fueling the skyrocketing food prices.

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1. John Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. Nichols is the author of the upcoming book The Genius of Impeachment (The New Press), as well as a critically-acclaimed analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000, Jews for Buchanan (The New Press) and a best-selling biography of Vice President Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President (The New Press), which has recently been published in French and Arabic. He edited Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books.) With Robert W. McChesney, Nichols has co-authored It's the Media, Stupid! (Seven Stories), Our Media, Not Theirs (Seven Stories) and Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (The New Press). McChesney and Nichols are the co-founders of Free Press, the nation's media-reform network, which organized the 2003 and 2005 National Conferences on Media Reform.

2. Adolph Reed Jr., an expatriate New Orleanian, is professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the interim national council of the Labor Party. He is also Co-Chair of the Free Higher Education project. He is the author of half a dozen books, including Without Justice for All: The New Liberalism and the Retreat from Racial Equality (editor, Westview Press, 2001) and Class Notes: Posing as Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene (The New Press, 2000).

3. Elizabeth Ramey is a former cattle farmer and a doctoral candidate at the Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on the political economy of the US food and agricultural system. She is a visiting instructor at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.