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Date and time
Monday, April 04, 2005

Two Iraq war veterans, Mike Hoffman and Paul Rieckhoff, discuss rising dissent to the war in Iraq within the American military, the backdoor draft, and what it really means to "support our troops." *Mother Jones* reported in a recent cover story that more and more US soldiers are speaking out on the war in Iraq, and some are refusing to fight. Presented in collaboration with the WAND Education Fund, *Mother Jones* Magazine, and Boston's Talk Station, AM 680 WRKO.

Mike was a Lance Corporal in the Marines who served with an Artillery Unit during the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
Paul Rieckhoff is the executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the first and largest organization for veterans of the War on Terror. During his time in the Adamiyah section of central Baghdad, he led his light infantry platoon on hundreds of combat patrols with the 3rd Infantry and 1st Armored Divisions. He continues to serve his country as an Infantry Officer in the New York Army National Guard. Rieckhoff is a nationally-recognized authority on the war in Iraq and issues affecting our troops, military families, and veterans at home. He is a frequent TV and radio commentator and has appeared on ABC's *This Week with George Stephanopoulos*, Fox's *Hannity & Colmes*, NBC *Nightly News*, *60 Minutes II*, CNN's *Paula Zahn Now*, ABC's *World News Tonight*, *Hardball with Chris Matthews*, Air America's *Al Franken Show*, and NPR's *All Things Considered*, among many other programs. He and IAVA have also been featured across the country in numerous major national newspapers and magazines. He was named one of "America's Best and Brightest of 2004" by *Esquire*. Prior to his deployment to Iraq, Rieckhoff worked as a high school football coach and an investment banking analyst on Wall Street, and later spent several weeks contributing to the rescue effort at Ground Zero after 9/11. He is a graduate of Amherst College, where he studied political science. He lives in New York City's East Village.
In addition to *Mother Jones* magazine Jay Harris is also chief executive officer of *Mother Jones'* non-profit parent, the Foundation for National Progress. During his tenure, the organization has built on its tradition of groundbreaking public interest reporting while growing circulation to unprecedented levels. Believing that *Mother Jones'* investigative content and its 28-year-old brand have importance and audience potential beyond print media, Jay has overseen the launch and development of MotherJones.com. Other media projects are pending. Jay is a frequent radio and television guest, appearing on "Talk of the Nation", C-Span and many other shows, and has been a featured speaker at conferences of the Social Venture Network, Greenfest, Bioneers and Businesses for Social Responsibility. He has taught magazine management at the University of California Graduate School of Journalism. His essay on the state of the news business "What's Missing from Your News?" was published in The Business of Journalism (New Press, 2000). Jay is vice chair of the Independent Press Association and on the steering committee of the Magazine Publishers of America Independent Magazine Advisory Group (IMAG). He recently joined the board of advisors of Free Speech TV.
Scott Allen Miller (also known as Scotto) is an American talk radio personality. He was most recently the morning drive host and program director at WROW in Albany, New York. Miller has been named one of America's top talk show hosts by Talkers Magazine. At 38 years of age, he is the youngest major market morning drive talk show host in the United States. Miller's calling cards are his knowledge of a wide variety of issues, his clever sense of humor, his personal engagement with his audience, and his fiercely independent points of view. The Boston Radio Hall of Fame website declares, "Miller is for the most part, a fair and balanced talk show host with a deeply developed thought process and a slight chip-on-the-shoulder attitude. [sic] ... Miller stands out on this landmark talk radio station." Politically, Miller leans libertarian but differs strongly with the Libertarian Party on matters of criminal justice, national defense, and immigration.