The Alyona Show: Obama vs. Wall Street

 In a speech in Manhattan on April 22, US President Barack Obama made his case for Wall Street reform. He addressed an audience of students, faculty, union leaders, and perhaps most importantly, Wall Street executives. So what did he say to sell his vision? Anastasia Churkina joins Alyona to give her the facts.

Will Obama's stance about Wall Street get the public back on his side? Or will the public be able to look past the Wall Street insiders that he has working closely with his administration? J.P. Freire from the Washington Examiner and Alyona try to sort it out.

Then, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process that enables the extraction of natural gas from deep in the ground, by causing fractures in rocks. It's been around for about 60 years, and is considered to be one of the best processes, leading to a drilling boom in parts of the U.S. But now, more than ever, the negative effects are coming out. One town in Northeastern Pennsylvania, called Dimock, is a perfect example. Kristine Frazao joins Alyona to share her experiences in Dimock.

And, April 22 is Earth Day. 40 years ago, Earth Day was declared a holiday by then-Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth and the environment. It was a moment when the mood seemed ripe for grassroots efforts to create change, and today you can hear echoes of that same enthusiasm. So I caught up with Ethan Nuss from the Energy Action Coalition to see where the movement is today.

Not everyone sees Earth Day as an inspirational holiday that moves mankind in the right direction of saving the planet. Some say it's become nothing but a corporate marketing ploy to sell a variety of
goods and services, not to mention, an excuse to throw a big party. Is the excitement of Earth Day misguided? Here to look at the other side is Marlo Lewis from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Finally, the official language of the latest ACTA draft has been released, and the results, are perhaps not as scary as some had expected. The 3 strikes protocol, earlier placed in a footnote, has been removed. But the secrecy, remains. So, we have to wonder, how much of the controversy over copyrighting and counterfeiting is real, and how much, is just being played up by corporations? Alyona talks to Dr. Michael Geist, a Law professor at the University of Ottawa and columnist on technology law issues.