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Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow is the host of The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America Radio. It airs Monday-Friday 6-9 p.m. Eastern on Air America affiliates coast-to-coast, online at airamerica.com and on XM Satellite Radio.

Maddow is also a political analyst for MSNBC, appearing Monday through Friday as a panelist on MSNBC's Race for the White House with David Gregory. She also appears regularly on MSNBC election coverage and is a frequent contributor to, and sometime guest host of, Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

Rachel has a doctorate in political science (she was a Rhodes Scholar) and a background in HIV/AIDS activism and prison reform. She shakes a mean cocktail, drives a bright red pickup, hates Coldplay, loves arguing with conservatives, spends a lot of money on AMTRAK tickets, and dresses like a first-grader.

She's been with Air America since its inception in Spring 2004 -- before AAR she worked for WRNX in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and WRSI in Northampton, Massachusetts. There was also a stint with a jungle-themed company called Expresso Bongo, but she doesn't want to talk about it.

Rachel is 35 years old and lives in New York City and rural Western Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula.

Kevin Grandia
Roberto Lovato is a New York-based contributing Associate Editor with New America Media and a frequent contributor to The Nation Magazine and the Huffington Post. He's also written for the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Der Spiegel, Utne Magazine, La Opinion, and other national and international media outlets. On the electronic front, Roberto has produced programming for NPR, Pacifica and the Univision Television Network, where he helped develop and produce Hora Cero, one of that networks first documentary series about immigration in the United States. He's also the former Executive Director of CARECEN, which was the largest immigrant rights organization in the country. You can find him posting regularly on media, migration, politics and other issues at his blog.
Liliana Segura
Liliana Segura is a staff writer and associate editor at AlterNet.org, where she is in charge of Rights & Liberties and War on Iraq Special Coverage. In addition to AlterNet, she has written for The Nation and TheNation.com, among other publications, and previously worked as a program associate at The Nation Institute, focusing largely on Nation Books. Her areas of interest range from the American death penalty to Colombian politics, to anti-war organizing and activists of all stripes. She is on the board of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and a contributing writer to its newsletter, The New Abolitionist. She lives in Brooklyn.
Baratunda Thurston
Baratunde Thurston is conscious comic and vigilante pundit who has successfully merged his interests in technology, politics and comedy. He blogs at Jack & Jill Politics, The Huffington Post and his own site baratunde.com. He has authored three books, including Keep Jerry Falwell Away From My Oreo Cookies, was nominated for the Bill Hicks Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, declared a Champion of the First Amendment by Iowa State University, and called "someone I need to know" by Barack Obama. Baratunde speaks at colleges and conferences around the country and performs regularly in New York City, where he lives and works by day as an editor for The Onion.

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