Head On! radio show with David Cruz and Peter Mathews – 141004

KEIB AM 1150 and iHeart radio with host David Cruz of the HEAD-ON radio program: October 4, 2014: Peter Mathews’ segment “Money and Politics”. Topics include:

  • Voters sour on Congress and the country’s direction
  • Job growth rebounds while wages lag
  • databases show doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical industries have financial ties
  • ::Financial Ties between doctors and big pharma seem ‘Conflict of Interest’
  • Health Insurance Industry spending millions to beat pro-consumer measures (in California)
  • Mortgage case strikes back against fraudulent lenders, including a Wells Fargo owned company
  • Conservative Economist tries to ‘wish away’ Income Inequality
  • Germany moves to Tuition Free education modeled after former California Pat Brown’s Master Plan for Higher Education.
  • The State of Tennessee is only U.S. state with similar Tuition Free Higher Education.
  • Ebola virus has already come to the U.S. with several outbreaks, including a Texas man. U.S. Department of Health officials and the nation’s hospitals appear woefully under-prepared and ignorant of the potential pandemic despite warnings.


MSN – Poll: Voters sour on Congress and the country’s direction. Democrats could lose the Senate majority. Lower voter turnout expected.

Online Wall Street Journal – Job growth rebounds while wages lag.

LA Times – Health Care Costs: Database show that doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceuticals have financial ties. Shows conflict of interest.

New York Times – Financial: Ties Between Doctors and Hospitals are Detailed

LA Times – Database shows $3.5 billion in industry ties to doctors, hospitals

LA Times – Health Care Costs: Health insurance industry spending millions to beat pro-consumer measures

LA Times – Economy: Mortgage case strikes back against fraudulent lenders

LA Times – Economy: Conservative economist tries to wish away income inequality.

ThinkProgress.org – Cost of Education: Germany moves to Tuition Free education.

KPFK Standing Up for Social and Economic Justice with Peter Mathews, ep2

KPFK SPECIAL PROGRAMMING | Riveting conversations with call in listeners and supporters of KPFK. Some of the topics discussed include: the unfair plight of adjunct (part-time) college instructors and professors; need for a living wage and increased minimum wage, environmental injustice; educational injustice K-12 through college and university; destruction of our food, water, air, and soil through the use of dangerous pesticides and GMOs, fracking, and underregulated and unregulated fossil fuel emissions; the outsourcing of middle class jobs by big corporations while they receive corporate welfare through tax loopholes and taxpayer subsidies from politicians in our government– the very same politicians whose campaigns are funded by big corporations, their owners and their lobbyists; and how to fix this through the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and Clean Money, publicly funded elections!

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Standing Up for Social Justice program credits:
Host: Peter Mathews
Producer: Alan Minsky
Co-Producer: Brett Covey
Audio Engineer: Gianna d’Angelo
Visuals Editor: Brett Covey

KPFK Standing Up for Social and Economic Justice with Peter Mathews, ep1

KPFK SPECIAL PROGRAMMING | Riviting conversations with four top leaders of our time:  Dr. Michael Parenti, Activist for Social Justice and renowned Author of “Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid’s Life”; David Cobb, spokesperson for the Move to Amend Coalition (introducing the 28th Amendment stating Corporations are Not People and Money is Not Free Speech [www.movetoamend.org]; ♦ Pamm Larry of Label GMOs, introducing a ballot requiring the labeling of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms (food)) [www.labelGMOs.org]; with special mention to Mom’s Across America; and ♦ Pat Alviso of Military Families Speak Out [www.mfso.org]. With host Professor Peter Mathews [www.epetermathews.com].

The entire broadcast is located here:

Listener Supported KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 FM North San Diego, 99.5 FM Ridgecrest

Standing Up for Social Justice program credits:
Host: Peter Mathews
Producer: Alan Minsky
Co-Producer: Brett Covey
Audio Engineer: Gianna d’Angelo
Visuals Editor: Brett Covey

Lies of Wall Street Bailout; Hunger Hurts U.S. Economy; California Special Elections Cost Millions

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, the David Cruz Show.(Nov.25, 2013). $1 million election; hunger =$167 billion in lost productivity; bailout won with lies 

Prof. Mathews notes that as budget cuts deepen ($5 billion cut in food stamps alone), wages stagnate, and unemployment remains high, hunger and poverty has increased in the U.S., costing over $167 billion in lost economic productivity and earnings. Mathews suggests raising the minimum wage to a living wage, while compensating small business by lowering their taxes. He also shows that the more than $700 billion taxpayer bailout of Big Corporations and Wall Street did not help small businesses, American workers and homeowners on Main Street. Unlike what Treasury Secretaries Henry Paulson and Larry Summers promised Congress and the American people in order to push through the bailout, around $4 billion was spent to help small homeowners while the bulk of the $700 billion went to the Big Corporations and Wall Street Banks. These Big Banks, instead of lending money out to small businesses and struggling homeowners, used it to make more money in other ways, including parking huge amounts of it in the Federal Reserve and drawing billions of dollars of interest on it. Today, the Big Banks’ excess reserves at the Fed total more than $1.4 trillion! Not only that, many of the Wall Street Banks gave their CEO’s and other top executives millions of dollars in bonuses. Prof. Mathews told the radio audience that two excellent sources of investigative information on this debacle are Matt Taibbi’s Jan. 4, 2013 article in Rolling Stone, “Secrets and Lies of the Bailout”, and the Academy Award winning documentary, “Inside Job”, narrated by Matt Damon. Peter Mathews began his analysis by looking at the huge expense of California Special Elections that are triggered by the middle- of- the term resignation of State Senators like Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet). The $1.1 million cost of such an election can be avoided if the California Constitution was amended to allow the Governor to appoint a temporary State Senator until the next election, as he does in the case of a U.S. Senator’s death or resignation.  [Listen]  (8 min.)

California-based Twitter’s Shares Surge as California’s Alternative Poverty Rate Is Highest in U.S.

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, the David Cruz Show: (Nov. 7, 2013) Day After IPO, Twitter shares jump 73%, while California is first in poverty with 23.8%.

Prof. Mathews says that while we can celebrate Twitter’s successful initial public offering shares’ surge by 73% in one day as a symbol of entrepreneurial success, the high poverty rate in California and the U.S. must give us pause for concern. When the U.S. Census Bureau’s alternative poverty measures were used, including the costs of housing, medical care, clothing, and utilities, as well as the value of non-cash government benefits such as nutrition assistance, housing assistance, and energy assistance, the U.S. poverty rate climbed from 15% to 16%, and the California poverty rate jumped from 16% to 23.8%, the highest of the 50 states. Mathews pointed out that according to these rates, 50 million Americans and 9 million Californians are living in poverty! The situation has gotten worse because of recent cuts in unemployment aid, housing assistance, Head Start, nutrition programs, and food stamps (SNAP program). Mathews insisted that “trickle down economics” (economic growth from the top down) does not work. He stated his conviction, based on historical and cross-national evidence, that the type of economic growth that is vigorous and sustainable must be growth from the ground up. For full economic growth and recovery to take place in California and the U.S., we must provide capital and lower taxes for small business while increasing the minimum wage, make education high quality and affordable, invest in green and new technology high paying jobs, rebuild our state and national infrastructure, and restore state and federal funding for important and valuable safety-net and social programs. Until federal and state governments close unproductive corporate tax loopholes and invests these billions of dollars in the U.S., our economy will stagnate and the American Middle Class will continue to shrink. Mathews has said that this is a danger to American democracy, prosperity, and the American Dream.

The latest statistics about both -Educational Scores in California were 47th in 4th and 8th grade testing of English and Math. –Poverty: We’ve got 4 million people more than we were officially told. What does this say about the Road Back, and What can Policy Makers Do to help us get back on our footing sooner. Poverty is connected to low scores.     [Listen]