Family, as part of our end of the year appreciation/wrap-up, we compiled all of our segment on the worst of the worst 1%, or as we call them, “America’s Original Gangsters,” into one blog.  Listen to this (and our blog compilation of the  “Best of ‘When You’re Broke” series) and look forward to the New Year.

1. Cruise lines companies: The 1% Pirates north of the Caribbean?

Kevin Feeney of 1Miami
Tim Elfrink, reporter for the Miami New Times

Download segment HERE or press play below.

2. Sex crimes of the 1%
Christopher Mallios, former Philadelphia prosecutor now working with AEquitas
Juhu Thukral, New York Anti-Trafficking Coalition
Claire Potter, Professor of History and American Studies at Wesleyan University   
Download segment HERE or press play below.

3. LPS-Lender Processing Services aka Florida’s alleged Original 1% Gangsters 

Naked Capitalism’s Yves Smith
Foreclosure Hamlet founder Lisa Epstein
June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards, two former investigators with the Florida Attorney General’s office that were fired for investigating illegal activity by Lender Processing Services.

Download segment here or press play below.

4.  Private Prisons with no public good 
Bob Libal and Gail Tyree from Grassroots Leadership (check their other blog here)
Silky Shah from Detention Watch Network
Bill Discipio-resident of SW Ranches (check the blog here)
Kathy Bird from the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the CCA Go Away campaign.

Download segment HERE or press play below.

Thank you for listening and we will see you next year!


If you missed the show, you missed some of the realest talk on radio.  To listen to the whole show, click here or press play below

If you just wanna check the segment on Florida’s alleged Original 1% Gangsters aka LPS-Lender Processing Services (you really don’t wanna miss it), click here or press play below

On the show we had a quick check in about some actions in the name of the 99% taking place in Washington DC and Broward County.  We then had a guest commentator on the show, Juan Gil along with Charles Heck to have a quick conversation about President Newt: why or why not?  It was nothing if not entertaining.

In our opinion, the real highlight of the show came as part of our first installment of “Original Gangsters: Are Florida’s 1% Screwing America?”, we talked in great detail about the not talked about enough Florida-based foreclosure firm, Lender Processing Services.  This true story of what some would call the shadiest foreclosure outfit in the country has every element of a mobster movie, persistent organized illegal behavior, bought off politicians, and a mysterious death of a whistleblower.  Except the allegations are real.  The guests on the segment included Naked Capitalism’s Yves Smith, and activist and Foreclosure Hamlet founder Lisa Epstein.  The segment got really interesting when we interviewed June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards, two former investigators with the Florida Attorney General’s office that were fired for doing their jobs-investigating illegal activity by Lender Processing Services-too well.  Incidentally Florida’s new Attorney General, Pam Bondi received campaign contributions from guess who?  Listen to the show to find out.

On the show, we also gave a short tribute to a great human rights warrior, Haitian-Dominican activist Sonia Pierre, who passed away at the age of 48 this week.  Read a great tribute to her here.

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Plus we found Lender Processing Services’ new theme song (what we think it is anyway).  WARNING: the lyrics in the song are explicit and may be offensive.  Maybe not as offensive as the allegations against Lender Processing Services but still.  The song is from Hip Hop artist Immortal Technique (available for download here)  and it’s called “Rich Man’s World-1%.”