Robert Lloyd "Bob" Crandall (born December 6, 1935) is the former president and chairman of American Airlines. Called an industry legend by airline industry observers, Crandall has been the subject of several books and is a member of the Hall of Honor of the Conrad Hilton college. He received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island. Robert Crandall was raised in Rhode Island.Before the passing of the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act, Crandall was one of the act's loudest opponents.In 1985, Crandall succeeded Albert Casey as American's chairman and CEO.
During the latter period of Crandall's tenure as CEO, investor concern over airline bankruptcies and falling stock prices caused Crandall to remind his employees about the dangers of investing in airline stocks. Known for his candor, Crandall later told an interviewer, "I've never invested in any airline. "I'm an airline manager. I don't invest in airlines. And I always said to the employees of American, 'This is not an appropriate investment. It's a great place to work and it's a great company that does important work. But airlines are not an investment.' " Crandall noted that since the airline deregulation of the 1970s, some 150 airlines had gone out of business. "A lot of people came into the airline business. Most of them promptly exited, minus their money," he said.
Robert Kuttner is a founding co-editor of The American Prospect and a contributing columnist to Business Week's "Economic Viewpoint." His editorial column on political economy originates in the Boston Globe, and is syndicated nationally by The Washington Post to about twenty major daily papers. His commentaries are heard on National Public Radio and he regularly appears on TV programs such as "Firing Line," "Crossfire," "Nightline," and "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."
Previously, Kuttner was the longtime economics editor of The New Republic and taught at Brandeis, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, and Harvard University's Institute of Politics. He was a founder of the Economic Policy Institute, and serves on its board. Books, exploring the political roots of America's narrowing prosperity and the systemic financial risks facing the U.S. economy, is his seventh book. The book was recently honored with the Sidney Hillman Journalism Award. His other positions have included national staff writer on the Washington Post, chief investigator of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, and economics editor of The New Republic.For four decades, Bob's intellectual and political project has been to revive the politics and economics of harnessing capitalism to serve a broad public interest. He has pursued this ideal as a writer, editor, teacher, lecturer, commentator and public official.
Nomi is currently at work on a new book for Fall 2009 release about the current financial crisis, and all its Wall Street and Washington contributors.
Nomi Prins is a journalist and Senior Fellow at Demos. She is the author of Other People's Money: The Corporate Mugging of America (The New Press, October 2004), a devastating exposé into corporate corruption, political collusion and Wall Street deception. Other People's Money was chosen as a Best Book of 2004 by The Economist, Barron's and The Library Journal. Her book Jacked: How "Conservatives" are Picking your Pocket (whether you voted for them or not) (Polipoint Press, Sept. 2006) catalogs her travels around the USA; talking to people about their economic lives: card by card - issue by issue.
Her new thriller, THE TRAIL, just out under her pseudonym, Natalia Prentice - is a page-turning novel about intrigue, secrets, and money on Wall Street, in DC and offshore. It was selected to FORBES CEO BOOK CLUB in April, 2008. It was MEC
Before becoming a journalist, Nomi worked on Wall Street as a managing director at Goldman Sachs, and running the international analytics group at Bear Stearns in London.
She has appeared internationally on BBC World and BBC Radio and nationally in the U.S. on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, ABCNews, CSPAN, Democracy Now, Fox Business News and other TV stations. She has been featured on dozens of radio shows across the U.S. including CNNRadio, Marketplace Radio, Air America, NPR, WNYC-AM and regional Pacifica stations.
Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, Newsday, Mother Jones, Slate.com, The Guardian UK, The Nation, The American Prospect, Alternet, The Left Business Observer, LaVanguardia, Against the Current and other publications.
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Alan S. Blinder has been on the Princeton faculty since 1971, taking time off from January 1993 through January 1996 for service in the U.S. government—first as a member of President Clinton's original Council of Economic Advisers, and then as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. In addition to his academic writings [books, academic articles] and his best-selling introductory textbook, he has written many newspaper and magazine columns and op-eds and, in recent years, has presented a monthly television commentary on PBS's Nightly Business Report [PBS commentaries]. He also appears regularly on CNBC. Dr. Blinder is a past president of the Eastern Economic Association, past vice president of the American Economic Association, and a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.
Lawrence E. Mitchell is the author of The Speculation Economy: How Finance Triumphed Over Industry (2007) and Corporate Irresponsibility: America's Newest Export (2001). He is Theodore Rinehart Professor of Business Law at The George Washington University, where he has taught for almost 20 years. Professor Mitchell has written extensively on matters of corporate governance, law, and ethics, among other things, and is a founder of the Progressive Corporate Law school, named after his 1995 anthology, Progressive Corporate Law. A graduate of Williams College and Columbia University Law School, Professor Mitchell practiced corporate law in New York from 1981 to 1987.
Michael Lind is the Whitehead Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the author, with Ted Halstead, of The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics (Doubleday, 2001). He is also the author of Made in Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics (New America Books/Basic, 2003) and What Lincoln Believed (Doubleday, 2005). Mr. Lind has been an editor or staff writer for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and The New Republic. From 1991 to 1994, he was executive editor of The National Interest. He has also been a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School. Mr. Lind has written for The Atlantic Monthly, Prospect (U.K.), The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, and other leading publications, and has appeared on C-SPAN, National Public Radio, CNN's Crossfire, and PBS's The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Mr. Lind's first three books of political journalism and history, The Next American Nation: The New Nationalism and the Fourth American Revolution (Free Press, 1995), Up From Conservatism: Why the Right Is Wrong for America (Free Press, 1996), and Vietnam: The Necessary War (Free Press, 1999) were all selected as New York Times Notable Books. He has also published several volumes of fiction and poetry, including The Alamo (Houghton Mifflin, 1997), which the Los Angeles Times named as one of the Best Books of the year, and a prize-winning children's book, Bluebonnet Girl (Henry Holt, 2004). His ground-breaking study of American grand strategy, The American Way of Strategy: U.S. Foreign Policy and the American Way of Life was published by Oxford University Press in October 2006.
Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. He is currently the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.
He is the author of critically acclaimed books on the atomic bomb and atomic diplomacy and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, The Nation, and the Atlantic among other popular and academic publications.
In addition to his media appearances, his work has been featured in TV documentaries, including two BBC programs and an ABC Peter Jennings Special on the use of the atomic bomb. As a well known policy expert, he has testified before numerous Congressional committees and lectures widely around the country.
Alperovitz received his Ph.D. in political economy as a Marshall Scholar at
Cambridge University. After completing his studies he served as a legislative director in both houses of Congress and as a special assistant in the State Department.
Among his many achievements is having been the architect of the first modern steel industry attempt at worker ownership in Youngstown, Ohio. In addition, he was nominated to be a member of the Council of Economic Advisers by leading national consumer, labor, and environmental organizations.
He is also the president of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives and is a founding principal of the University of Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative, an international research institution sponsored by leading universities and citizen organizations around the nation
David Brock is the author of four political books, including The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy (Crown, May 2004). In his preceding book, Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative (Crown, March 2002), a 2002 New York Times best-selling political memoir, he chronicled his years as a conservative media insider. Brock was the recipient of the New Democrat Network’s first award for political entrepreneurship. He currently serves on the board of The Progressive Legislative Action Network, an organization created to support progressive state legislators. He is the CEO of Media Matters for America.
Jeff Faux founded the Economic Policy Institute in 1986, and made it into the country's leading think-tank on the political and economic issues that face working Americans. In 2003, he stepped down as EPI's president, and is now the Institute's Distinguished Fellow. Faux has studied, taught and published on a wide variety of economic and political issues from the global economy to neighborhood community development, from monetary policy to political strategy. He is the author or co-author of five books, the latest being, The Global Class War (Wiley, 2006). He has now started a new book on America's future. Faux worked as an economist in the Departments of State, Labor and Commerce, a manager in the finance industry, a blueberry farmer, and a member of a municipal planning board in the State of Maine. He's been an advisor to governments, trade unions, businesses, political campaigns, and community organizations. He's lectured in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, sits on the boards of several of non-profit institutions and magazines, has written articles for numerous newspapers, magazines and journals, testified before Congress, and has appeared many times on television and radio.
Mr. Faux was educated at Queens College, George Washington University, and Harvard University. Mr. Faux was awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of New England.
Drew Westen, Ph.D. is a clinical, personality, and political psychologist and neuroscientist, and Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Emory University. He formerly taught at the University of Michigan, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University. Dr. Westen is the author of three books and over 150 scholarly articles. He frequently comments on political and psychological issues on radio, television, and in print. He is the author of “The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation,” and is the founder of Westen Strategies, LLC, a political and corporate consulting firm. He has advised a range of candidates and organizations, from presidential and congressional campaigns to major progressive organizations, to Fortune 500 companies.
David Cay Johnston is the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times who revealed that Enron did not pay taxes, that some companies use a Bermuda mail box to escape American taxes and that Congress raises your income taxes if you get seriously ill, using the money to finance tax cuts for the richest Americans. He retired from The Times in April 2008 after 13 years there.
His latest book is Free Lunch, a national bestseller exposing the massive transfers of wealth from the poor, middle class and affluent to the super rich. It is now out in paperback. He is also the author of Perfectly, a national best seller on our tax system that won the 2004 Investigative Book of the Year award. His first book was Temples of Chance, an expose of the casino industry.
Johnston is the father of eight children and has five grandsons. He is married to Jennifer Leonard, president of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, and lives outside that city in Brighton, with his wife and a daughter.
Van Jones is founding president of Green For All and a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress. He is also a TIME Magazine 2008 Environmental Hero, one of Fast Company’s 12 Most Creative Minds of 2008, and the the New York Times Bestselling author of The Green Collar Economy (Harper One 2008), which is endorsed by Nancy Pelosi, Tom Daschle and Al Gore.
Green For All is a U.S. organization that promotes green-collar jobs and opportunities for the disadvantaged. Its mission is to build an inclusive, green economy - strong enough to resolve the ecological crisis and lift millions of people out of poverty.
A 1993 Yale Law graduate, Van is a husband and the father of two small boys. He is a tireless advocate, committed to creating “green pathways out of poverty” and greatly expanding the coalition fighting global warming.