Archive for February, 2016

Feb 11 2016

Examining the Nitty Gritty In Sanders’s Economic Plan

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GUEST: Gerald Friedman, Professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Now that Bernie Sanders has begun to look like a front-runner to the commercial media, his polices are finally being discussed seriously. After all, with so many Americans from across demographic lines supporting him, there’s got to be something to his rhetoric. According to one economist, featured recently on CNN, “Under Sanders, Income and …

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Feb 10 2016

New Report on Money in Politics Highlights Crucial Election Issue

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GUEST: Jay Riestenberg, research analyst and principal author of the report, Our Voices, Our Democracy, by Common Cause.

As primary election season gets into full swing with the New Hampshire election yesterday, one issue that comes up again and again, and that can be seen undermining so many other issues, is money in politics. Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizen’s United decision, the disposable dollars of billionaires …

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Feb 10 2016

UC Berkeley Workers Demand Speaker Boycott – Will Clintons Listen?

Feature Stories | Published 10 Feb 2016, 9:30 am | Comments Off on UC Berkeley Workers Demand Speaker Boycott – Will Clintons Listen? -

GUEST: Todd Stenhouse, spokesperson for AFSCME Local 3299.

Much has been made during the primary election about Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees from major Wall Street firms. But her husband, Bill, is also about to be in the spotlight for a speaking event. Workers at the University of California in Berkeley are calling on former President Clinton to respect a speaker’s boycott of their university. Bill and his …

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Feb 10 2016

Lead Contamination Is a National Problem

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GUEST: Gerald Markowitz, Distinguished Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. He is the co-author with David Rosner, of ‘Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children’.

Just two days before the New Hampshire primary race, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited the town of Flint, Michigan, where a tragic and entirely preventable man-made …

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Feb 09 2016

Media Ignores Ominous Signs of Escalation in Syria War

GUEST: Joe Lauria, is an international affairs correspondent, who has written for the Consortium News, Middle East Eye and Wall Street Journal, among others, joining us live from Iraq.

The war in Syria rages on, despite world attention and a refugee exodus. United Nations sponsored peace talks, which were set to kick start another round of diplomatic discussions earlier this month, stalled within days. The talks are …

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Feb 09 2016

Older Supporters of Clinton Insult Young Women In Desperate Ploy to Beat Sanders

GUEST: Mimi Kennedy, actor who rose to fame with her role as Abby O’Neil on ABC’s Dharma & Greg. She is also a long-time progressive activist and is currently the advisory board Chair of Progressive Democrats of America.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is getting desperate. Or so it appears, at least according to recent statements by some of her highest profile supporters. In response to the growing popularity …

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Feb 09 2016

Islamophobia Rises In the Academy – From K-12 to the University

GUEST: Ahlam Muhtaseb, a member of California Scholars for Academic Freedom, Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator at the California State University San Bernardino.

An African American professor at Wheaton College has decided to leave her teaching position there after coming under fire for saying that Christians and Muslims worship the same god. Larycia Hawkins is a tenured professor of political science at the Christian college. As a protest …

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Feb 08 2016

Environmental Injustice – How Coal Ash Is Poisoning Poor Communities of Color in the US

GUEST: Esther Calhoun is a resident of Uniontown, Alabama, and president of Black Belt Citizens for Health & Justice.

The US Commission on Civil Rights held a hearing on Friday to look into the impacts of coal ash disposal in low income communities, and communities of color in the US. Coal ash is a waste by-product of coal-fired power plants and, according to a report by Earthjustice, …

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Feb 08 2016

Is Hillary Clinton Joking When She Claims to be a Progressive?

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GUEST: Jeff Cohen is an associate professor of journalism and the director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, founder of the media watch group FAIR, and former board member of Progressive Democrats of America.

The two remaining candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination held their fifth debate on Thursday evening in New Hampshire. The debate comes ahead of the second primary race …

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Feb 08 2016

Chelsea Manning Speaks Out in Podcast – Excerpt

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GUEST: Chelsea Manning, Iraq war whistleblower, serving a 35-year sentence.

The world’s best-known imprisoned whistleblower, Chelsea Manning, is not afraid to speak out. Serving a 35-year sentence in Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas, she has continued to use her high profile to speak out against injustice. Only in her 20s, Manning was convicted of violating the 1917 Espionage Act in sharing classified information about the Iraq …

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