by Lee Fang
I interviewed Lee Fang of April 3rd. This is part one of a two part interview.
Here's a link to the audio podcast.
Thanks to Don Caldarazzo for doing the transcript.
Bio: Lee Fang is the author of the new book, The Machine-- A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right, is a reporting fellow at the Nation Institute and a contributing writer at The Nation . Fang is a former senior investigator at the Republic Report and a former investigative blogger for ThinkProgress . While at ThinkProgress, Fang wrote several articles including one regarding the US Chamber of Commerce that attracted national attention.
Rob Kall: And
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My guest tonight is Lee Fang. This guy is a monster! He is an investigative reporter with The
Nation and the Nation's Investigative Institute, and he just got a new book
out, too, called The Machine. Welcome to the show, Lee!
Lee Fang: Hey Rob,
thank you so much for having me.
Rob Kall: Yeah! How do you like being called a monster?
(laughs) A good monster!
(laughs) Well, you know, a
monster in terms of being obsessed with this stuff, you know. I have been very privileged to get this
opportunity to write this book, to really put all my writing in one place and
do a little bit more digging. This book
reflects the investigative stuff I've done for Think Progress and The Nation over
the last couple of years, and I hope folks enjoy it. It's a look at the political infrastructure,
the way that Republicans rebuilt themselves after 2008 when people figured
they'd be on the endangered species list, and the political strategies they used
to rebuild themselves, and to push a really conservative agenda - even with
Democrats in office.
Rob Kall: You've got
an article that's out in the Nation right now that is a really exceptional
article, The Right Looms In, and that article is (from my understanding)
an excerpt from your book?
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more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more...)