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GRITtv: Interview with Matt Taibbi, Author of The Great Derangement

Matt Taibbi has the distinction of sitting in the chair once occupied by Hunter S. Thompson and P. J. O’Rourke at Rolling Stone Magazine. As contributing editor, Matt continues their tradition of irreverent political commentary and biting humor – with a good measure of street reporting thrown in.

In his new book, The Great Derangement, Matt chronicles his cross-country travels, immersing himself into four subcultures – the Military, Congress, conspiracy theorists, and extreme religion. Matt says that, with distrust of the government at new heights, and cynicism about the media and their role even higher, the country is “flipping out.”

I interviewed Matt in the GRITtv studio today.

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GRITtv: Interview with Matt Taibbi, Author of The Great Derangement

Matt Taibbi has the distinction of sitting in the chair once occupied by Hunter S. Thompson and P. J. O’Rourke at Rolling Stone Magazine. As contributing editor, Matt continues their tradition of irreverent political commentary and biting humor – with a good measure of street reporting thrown in.

In his new book, The Great Derangement, Matt chronicles his cross-country travels, immersing himself into four subcultures – the Military, Congress, conspiracy theorists, and extreme religion. Matt says that, with distrust of the government at new heights, and cynicism about the media and their role even higher, the country is “flipping out.”

I interviewed Matt in the GRITtv studio today.

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Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.