“Feature Stories” archives

Apr 17 2015

How the US Locks Up Immigrant Mothers and Babies So Corporations Can Profit

GUEST: Jonathan Ryan, Executive Director of RAICES, and Sameera Hafiz, Legislative and Policy Consultant with the group We Belong Together.

Mothers being held with their children at a detention center in Texas have been on hunger strike this week. It is the second such hunger strike this month. The women, who are primarily undocumented immigrants from Central American countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, say conditions at the center are …

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Apr 17 2015

Acclaimed Activist Selma James Shares the Story of Tanzania’s Bold Experiment with African Collectivist Socialism: Ujamaa

GUEST: Selma James is a women’s and human rights activist, author of ‘Sex, Race and Class – The New Terms of Unity’, founder of the International Wages for Housework Campaign and coordinator of the Global Women’s Strike.

Scour the news about the African continent and more often than not, the news is bad. Whether it’s the spread of infectious diseases, the exploitation of resources, the corruption of governments, or the violence …

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Apr 16 2015

Fight for 15: Low-Wage Workers Stage Mass Demonstrations across the U.S.

Sonali Kolhatkar and Bipasha Shom report from Downtown Los Angeles.

Goldman Sachs is celebrating today! The investment conglomerate that profited off the subprime mortgage crisis, posted its highest earnings in 5 years, with its net income growing by 40% to $2.84 billion. The numbers surpassed all economic estimates. Meanwhile, a new report this morning found that CEO pay in the US jumped by more than 12% last year, even as …

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Apr 16 2015

Independent Filmmakers of Color Fight for Diversity in Public Media

GUEST: Yoruba Richen, independent film maker, active with Indie Caucus, former Democracy Now producer.

Ever noticed how dominated your TV screens are by white men? Not only the hosts but also the guests? This is true not just in commercial media and the big networks like Fox, ABC, and NBC, but also on public television. The group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting found some years ago that 82% of all guests …

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Apr 16 2015

Hawaiian Activists Protest Construction of World’s Largest Optical Telescope in Mauna Kea

GUESTS: Jonathan Osorio, Professor at the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. And Kaho’okahi Kanuha is a young activist and pre-school teacher living in Kona on the Big Island…

The State of Hawaii is the site of major protests. The reason: the building of the world’s largest optical telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea is one of two mountains on Hawaii’s Big …

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Apr 15 2015

Iraqi PM Visits US, As Battle with ISIS Continues

GUEST: Nabil Al-Tikriti, Associate Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi is in the United States this week. He is meeting President Obama in Washington DC for the first time he took the reins of Iraq seven months ago. During his visit he has requested additional aid from the US to help combat the Islamic State rebel group that began taking …

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Apr 15 2015

Hundred Years After Armenian Genocide, Wounds Remain Deep

GUEST: Salpi Ghazarian, Director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide – the historical massacre of a million and a half Armenians at the hands of Turkish forces. Pope Francis on Sunday made headlines once more, this time for using the term “Armenian Genocide,” as he referenced a 2001 declaration by the earlier Pope John Paul II.

The use of …

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Apr 15 2015

Nestle Bottles California’s Precious Water On Expired Permit

GUEST: Eddie Kurtz, Executive Director of Courage Campaign

Unless California experiences an El-Nino type storm system by the end of the year, the serious 4-year drought affecting the nation’s most populous state could continue into the foreseeable future. Already the agriculture industry is feeling a little of the pinch with federal water supplies being denied. And, Gov. Jerry Brown has put in place modest restrictions targeting urban water use.

But, Nestle, one …

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Apr 14 2015

Tavis Smiley: My Journey with Maya

GUEST: Tavis Smiley, author of My Journey with Maya, and Death of a King; host and managing editor of Tavis Smiley on PBS, and The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International, best-selling author who has written 18 books

It has been less than 11 months since one of the greatest American artists, Maya Angelou died. On May 28th 2014, the incredible singer, song-writer, poet, and activist died at the age …

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Apr 14 2015

The Wisdom of Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano, one of the most celebrated writers of Latin America, passed away yesterday at the age of 74 from cancer.

His most recognized and celebrated work was his 1971 book Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, which was translated into more than 28 languages. In 2009, then President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, offered a copy of the book to US President Barack …

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