The Mark Riley Show Progressive talk radio with a twist

October 30, 2014  

CNN Poll: Voters are Angry. About what, exactly? The direction the country is headed. What direction is that? Lower unemployment, lower gas prices, more people with access to healthcare? There’s no pleasing some people.

The Bushes, led by W, Rally to make Jeb 45. Who do they think they are, the Kennedys? Seriously, not another one! Sad to say I don’t think they’re playing. 

Andrea Peyser outraged the NYPD did something nice for grieving mother. Why this creepy woman has a column in this town is utterly beyond me. She should be selling “End of Days’ insurance to paranoid conservatives.

Report reveals wider tracking of mail, raising abuse concerns. And you thought nobody mailed anything important anymore. Shouldn’t the people running the PO be figuring out how to stop losing money (I’ve got some tips for them)?

Some doctors wary of taking insurance exchange patients. Can’t somebody pass a penalty for that? And the patients are being made to feel like leeches????

Lead story….The politics of Ebola….From Cuomo to Christie, to the CDC, to the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to the White House, everybody’s got a partisan political stake in how to deal with the outbreak.

Guest: Award winning investigative journalist Tom Robbins.

To the Ridiculous

She may know how to pronounce Houston St., and what a bodega is, but what exactly qualifies Taylor Swift to be New Yoek’s Welcome Ambassador other than  her song “Welcome to New York”? What, JLo, Jay Z, Alisha Keys, and yes, Sharon Jones all busy? Truly ridiculous. 

October 22, 2014  

Mark's guest tonight is Washington correspondent for the Nation Magazine, John Nichols. They discuss how billionaire oligarchs are becoming their own political parties.

Mark also discussed:

Astorino renews call to turn away flights with passengers from Ebola stricken nations. Now this is just brilliant. First,  as Andrew Cuomo points out, the feds ban flights, not the states. Secondly, Astorino would render US citizens who went overseas to fight Ebola stateless. He thinks US citizens shouldn’t be allowed back either. And this guy wants to be governor???

Cuba’s impressive role on Ebola. We send troops, the Cubans send doctors. This is not the first time Cuba has stepped in to help those less fortunate. Just ask the Angolans about Cuban troops back in the ‘70s. Or ask US diplomats about the help the Cubans continue to give in the fight against drug trafficking in the Caribbean.

The Death of Klinghoffer turns jeers into cheers at Metropolitan Opera premiere. Never been a fan of opera, but have been a longtime fan of Adams’ work. Don’t think he’d be intentionally Anti-Semitic.

Mayor de Blasio rules out billion dollar subsidy proposal for JP Morgan chase. And Harold Ickes, de Blasio’s friend, was lobbying for Chase. And you didn’t think he could say no to friends.

Subway busker claims he was tired of cops not knowing performers’ rights. Maybe they know, but they want to hassle you anyway, pal.

October 15, 2014  

Mark speaks with Dr. Kristina Talbert-Slagle, senior scientific officer at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute and a lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health.  They discuss Ebola projection for Africa: Up to 10,000 cases per week. What are some of the truths, and misinformation about this disease?

Mark also speaks about these topics:

Hundreds march in Ferguson, descending on university campus. And that was the other day. Ferguson has become a flashpoint for something no city really wants to confront: The profound distrust between black communities and the police.

Senate contest in South Dakota is free for all. This is how the media processes a race with more than two contestants. Some might call it democracy.

Wells Fargo employee asks CEO for raises for all 300,000 colleagues. Won’t happen, but a gutsy request. That employees should be glad they don’t work part time at WalMart.

Should white mom given black man’s sperm by mistake be paid for banks’ mix up? This is a tough one. Will the parents put the child up for adoption?

Man smoke bombs West Village restaurant from subway hatch. Was it the food

Selfie crooks take photos showing off handguns on stolen phone, which sends incriminating pics to cloud and police. Well, DUH!!!

October 9, 2014  

De Blasio stands by aide who omitted boyfriend on background check form. Can he keep standing by her? Pressure coming from many sides, including the cops.


Victim of Sharpton lawyer “rape” looked sober in video. Any allegation of rape must be taken very seriously, but Sandy Rubenstein and Rachel Noerdlinger have one thing in common….Al Sharpton. His relationship with de Blasio is the real end game for those who want to see this mayor fail.


Democrats lean heavily on PACs in co-ordinated push to counter GOP. While you can understand why Dems are doing this, that doesn’t make it any less unconfortable.


An Obama ally parts with him on war powers. Va. Senator Tim Kaine understands precedent and the Constitution better than the president.


The great wage slowdown of the 21st century. You might say “tell me something I don’t know”. NY Times piece actually does. This is what’s really behind “recovery”.


Family of Eric Garner plan to sue NYPD and city for $75 million dollars. You knew this was coming.


High school in New Jersey cancels football season amid allegations of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Is this the right thing to do, or are the many being made to pay for the actions of a few? Emotional board meting last night in Sayreville, with football players storming out after board upheld decision.


Almost all (90%) female restaurant workers have experienced sexual harassment. One word….horrifying!


Lead Story

Supreme Court allows gay marriage to begin in five states.

October 2, 2014  

Today on The Mark Riley Show, Mark's guest is Costas Panagopoulos, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Electoral Politics and the Master’s Program in Elections and Campaign Management at Fordham University. He is also Research Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. They discuss Scotland’s recent referendum on independence was illuminating on one particular level. 85% of the eligible electorate turned out to vote. Venezuela had similar numbers in their last presidential election. By contrast, NYC’s mayoral election last year had a 24% turnout. Why is this, and what needs to happen to drive turnout in the USA?

Mark also discusses:

Many Missteps in Assessment of ISIS Threat. Obama blames Intel, Intel strikes back, says WH wasn’t interested. With the inroads ISIS is making, can we really afford to play blame game?

White House Intruder Gets Past Front Door, Made it as Far as East Room. Can’t anyone here do security???

And if that weren’t enough, an armed security contractor rode with the President in an elevator in Atlanta. This should cost a few Secret Service people their jobs!!!

Mayor signs executive order expanding living wage to thousands more. FINALLY, something really progressive to talk about. 

The Hole in Holder’s Legacy.  Joe Nocera writes in the Times that Holder’s failure to prosecute those responsible for the nation’s financial collapse is a serious stain on his time as AG. Not that he didn’t do some good things, but acting like nothing criminal happened in the Great Recession means he had blinder

Trump Gets Punked! Donald Trump falls for Twitter prank. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!


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