01 Mar 2010

GRITtv New Website Launch!

After nearly two years with the wonderful FireDogLake crew, GRITtv has launched its brand-new website at http://grittv.org.

25 Feb 2010

F Word: Healthcare Reform Without Single Payer Is No Reform At All

Here’s the simple question for the White House, “Why are you still refusing to even consider single payer?!”

24 Feb 2010

GRITtv Live: Daniel Ellsberg – Can the People Take Back Power?

The Bush administration thrived on secrecy; Obama promised more transparency, but has yet to really deliver. What’s more, when information does come out, it seems that accountability is nearly impossible to get: the torture memos were released, but there will be no trials. We ask Daniel Ellsberg, one of the world’s most famous whistleblowers, and blogger Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com if there’s anything the people can do to take the power back.

22 Feb 2010

The F Word: Looking Closer at Joseph Stack

Joseph Stack — remember him? He’s the guy who crashed his plane into an Internal Revenue Service building in Austin last week. Fifty-three years old, a Vietnam veteran, Stack killed one IRS manager, Vernon Hunter, and wounded 13 more before killing himself, but you’d be forgiven for forgetting his name, because he largely fell out of the news in the days afterward…

16 Feb 2010

The F Word: Human Interest In Bank Practices

How much senior executives earn, in cash and stock, is public information. How they make it is public too. Trouble is, the two are barely brought together in reporting. One story’s a business story, the other’s, well, for the “human interest” file.

As all humans have a reason to be interested, let’s pull the pieces of one tale together. Let’s take Wells Fargo, the bank whose CEO just topped the charts — as the top earner in the country for 2009.

11 Feb 2010

Fire at the Office!

We were getting ready for today’s show when the fire alarm went off! As if we didn’t have enough trouble to deal with, trying to find a new studio space.

Obviously, this is why you’re not seeing a new show today in this space. We’ll keep you updated as things progress, but we could really use your help.

10 Feb 2010

GRITtv Live: The Iranian Movement; Obama’s New Health Care Strategy

Not long ago on GRITtv, Hamid Dabashi told us that the Iranian protests are turning into a civil rights movement with long-term potential for change. We’ll talk to Hooman Majd, Hadi Ghaemi, and Kelly Golnoush Niknejad at noon about the protests, the regime, and what happens next.

Also, President Obama made news with his question and answer session with Congressional Republicans. Now he’s planning a televised health care summit with the GOP. We ask Mother Jones’ David Corn if this new strategy will work, and why he’s calling for more question time.

09 Feb 2010

The F Word: Pledge to Save Journalism

It’s pledge time at many noncommercial, listener and viewer-supported television and radio stations and you may already be feeling irritated by the persistent pleading from your favorite public radio or TV host.

08 Feb 2010

The F Word: Lifting the Veil on US Troops in Pakistan

“The deaths of three American soldiers in a Taliban suicide attack on Wednesday lifted the veil on United States military assistance to Pakistan.” So began a Feb 4th piece by Jane Perlez in the New York Times.

04 Feb 2010

The F Word: Another Super Bowl, Another Scandal

It’s Super Bowl season, another year, another scandal. This year’s outburst over CBS’s $3 million Focus on the Family ad has revived the mythology around another Super Bowl ad, that one involving domestic violence. As a player in that story, I’ve come to anticipate game season: the domestic violence Super Bowl so-called “hoax” is one right-wing media-manufactured vampire that just won’t die.