BTS 4/24/06: Housing Bubble; Chernobyl 20th Anniversary; Armenian Genocide; George & Martha

Listen: Michael Hudson - David Marples - Armenian Genocide Commentary - Karen Finley

On tonight’s BTS we begin with the "New Road to Serfdom," the title of Michael Hudson’s cover article in the current Harpers. Michael writes that Americans were led into the housing bubble with the idea that debt is an investment. As the housing bubble collapses, he says we will be in debt peonage.

Then, we mark the 20th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl. David Marples joins us to talk about the accident and its legacy.

Later in the hour we speak to Karen Finley, performance artist and author, and Professor at the Tisch School of the Arts, about her new play-book published by Verso: George and Martha, a brilliant satire that imagines an affair between President George W and Martha Stewart.

And, today we remember the Armenian Genocide.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Michael Hudson is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the author of many books, including Super Imperialism: The Origin and Fundamentals of US World Dominance.

2. David Marples is Professor of History at the University of Alberta. He is also Director of the Stasiuk Program for the Study of Contemporary Ukraine, and the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta. He is the author of several books, including Nuclear Energy and Security in the Former Soviet Union (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997), co-edited with Marilyn J. Young, and Belarus: From Soviet Rule to Nuclear Catastrophe (Basingstoke, UK: Macmillan Press; New York, N.Y.: St. Martin's Press; and Edmonton, AB: The University of Alberta Press, 1996).

3. Karen Finley has performed and exhibited her artwork at cultural centers and universities worldwide. Her books includes Shock Treatment, A Different Kind of Intimacy, Enough Is Enough and Living It Up. She teaches Art and Public Policy at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.