Republican suicide? KPFK Wed. 4-20

Did the Republicans commit suicide with the budget they passed in the House last week?  ARI BERMAN of The Nation says Obama is clearly winning the debate on the debt and the deficit – but ignoring the problems of job creation … and the Afghan war.

Also: An insurance company insider speaks out on how corporate PR is killing healthcare and deceiving Americans: WENDELL POTTER walked away from a lucrative career to fight an industry that puts profits ahead of patient care.  His book is Deadly Spin.

Plus: Cold War Hollywood – film critic J. HOBERMAN talks about the 1950s, when the film industry purged the left and gave filmgoers a pageant of John Wayne cavalry Westerns, apocalyptic sci-fi flicks, and biblical spectaculars.  His new book is An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War. “Cultural history doesn’t get any better—or scarier—than this.”—Mike Davis.