Al Giordano, Narco News, Tash Lennard, and Katie On Fox!

We have a new episode out featuring Al Giordano, Narco News, Tash Lennard and, of course, as always, Gabriel Pacheco and Reggie Johnson! On the The Katie Halper Show, episode 13, I share some of the audio from my appearance on Fox Radio. When I brought up the story of the Rosenbergs, a caller called in and said i was “lying anti-christ”and told me to stop my “cackling.” Then journalist Al Giordano gets made an honorary Jew, by yours truly in a very holy ceremony, talks to us about the School of Authentic Journalism, why he’s leaving Facebook for tsu dot co and his suspicions about Joe Biden and the White House. Then we talk to journalist Natasha Lennard about why we shouldn’t refer to they influx of refugees as a “European crisis” and why the media shows black and brown corpses more than white ones. And Jason Chaffetz (UT-R) thinks he catches Planned Parenthood President in a lie, but is actually caught lying himself about the source of a chart he claimed he had made but really stole from an anti-choice group. And he proves he knows as much about breasts and mammograms as Rush Limbaugh knows about birth control and female pleasure. On October 14th, we’ll have Judah Friedlander and on October 28th, we’ll have Ta-Nahisi Coates!

The “Best-Bi” List

On this week’s episode of the Katie Halper Show, we commemorate Bivisibility Day by presenting a “Best-Bi” list of people you probably didn’t know were bisexual. Then we discuss Chris Christie’s typically nuanced response to the Pope: “He’s just wrong.” And we ponder the awkward fact that the GOP considers Rosa Parks a hero but she said on the national board of the very organization the Republicans voted to shut down: Planned Parenthood. Oops! Our guests include Robert Meeropol, who is the song of Ethel and Julius Meeropol, who were the only people ever executed in the United States during peace time. He explains how the government used his mother Ethel to pressure his father to name names and when that didn’t work, the government put them both in the electric chair. Robert makes an exclusive announcement about an event honoring his mother on what would have been on 100th anniversary, which will take place Monday, Sept 28th at 11AM at City Hall. And and tells us about the man who adopted him and his brother, Abel Meeropol, who wrote the lyrics and the music to the anti-lynching anthem Strange Fruit, made famous by Billie Holiday. Bryan Collinsworth explains how we know that Martin Shkreli and Big Pharma are lying when they claim they mark up the prices of medications to pay for research. And Mexican documentary photographer Rodrigo Jardon talks about his work in the Mixtec Highlands, which will be in an exhibit opening Friday, October 25th at Union Docks in Brooklyn!

Ethel Rosenberg’s Birthday

On this week’s episode of “The Katie Halper Show” we discuss the infamous Rosenberg trial on the birthday of Ethel Rosenberg, who was sentenced to death along with her husband, Julius, after being convicted of espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union. Ethel’s brother David Greenglass, whose testimony had condemned her, later stated that he had lied to protect his own wife Ruth, who had been the actual typist of the classified documents he stole, and that he was encouraged by the prosecution to do so.


Why Kim Davis Should Love Lesbians

Episode 11 of The Katie Halper Show is up! Heather Gold talks gay divorce & why Kim Davis should love lesbians. Versha Sharma of NowThis News talks about interviewing Bernie Sanders and making a video about Bobby Jindal. State Senator Gustavo Rivera talks about his dreams for voice-overs & his work around syringe access and charities being able to pay people’s bail so that innocent people don’t please guilty to crimes they haven’t committed just because they can’t afford to pay their bail. Plus Bernie sings This Land is Your Land.


Right Wing Erotica: Bill O’Reilly Reads From “Those Who Trespass”

(via Ep 8: Right Wing Erotica, Anchor Baby Robin Thicke, Mort Downey Jr. & Sarah Jaffee)  Listen to Bill O’Reilly read from his own trashy thriller “Those Who Trespass” at 32:50. Some gems include: “Say baby, put down that pipe and get my pipe up.” “She obediently performed oral sex on him.” “Edgar looked over and grinned, showing yellow, decaying teeth. Obviously he preferred oral sex to oral hygiene.”

On this week’s episode of The Katie Halper we talk with Melissa Gira Grant, author of Playing the Whore: the Work of Sex Work about Amnesty International’s historic vote to decriminalize sex work. Plus Becky Bond, the political director of Credo Mobile tells us about Chuck Schumer’s attempt to block the peace deal with Iran and what we can do about it. Then we discuss why Donald Trump is, scarily enough, the most progressive GOP candidate when it comes to women’s issues. 

Memorable Quotes

“When police arrest you they don’t ask, are you empowered or are you a victim? They just take you away.” Melissa Gira Grant

“Often when I argue that sex work should be decriminalized, people respond by saying, ‘well would you want your boyfriend to go to a prostitute?’ And I wouldn’t. But I also wouldn’t want my boyfriend to go to a Young Republicans meeting. But that doesn’t mean those meetings should be illegal.” – Katie

“You have to have a way to make powerful democrats feel pain. That’s how we win. Not by asking nicely. Politicians don’t do anything that we don’t make them do. It’s like that Frederick Douglass quote, ‘Power concedes nothing without a demand.’ And our role as progressives is not to suck up to powerful people but it’s to pressure them and make them do the right thing because we know that the right wing is investing millions and millions of dollars to try and kill this deal. We don’t have this money but we have people.” -Becky Bond

“The thing that’s so frustrating about the empowerment conversation is it’s a double standard. We don’t apply this to anybody else in any other job. We don’t say to the fight for 15 folks, ‘do you really love McDonalds? I dunno! I’m not so sure.’ Why is this somehow the exception where labor organizing is somehow impossible? Are we trying to protect people from the very dire situations that all workers face when their rights are not respected? Or are we trying to express some kind of opinion?”- Melissa Gira Grant

“Low carbon footprint sex-work. Farm to table. Crop to cup.” – Gabe Pacheco on the environmental advantage of decriminalizing sex work.


On Episode 5 of The Katie Halper show, we are joined by political comedian Justin Williams, who goes over the news of the week, Ali Gharib who talks to us about Iran, Meredith Clark who talks to us about Scott Walker and Fernando Sosa who reflects on what inspired him to create the Donald Trump Butt Plug.