“Feature Stories” archives

Jul 29 2015

Navigating Congress’ Major Overhaul of ‘No Child Left Behind’

GUEST: Diane Ravitch, Education Historian and author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, and her latest best-seller, ‘Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools’.

The GOP-dominated House and Senate are currently overhauling public education in a manner that could have far reaching impacts. The House already passed a version of …

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Jul 28 2015

Drone Operators Experience PTSD As Remote-Controlled Wars Escalate

GUEST: Pratap Chatterjee, executive director of CorpWatch. He recently published an op-ed in the New York Times called ‘Our Drone War Burnout’, and is a regular contributor to Tom Dispatch. His new book, Verax is a graphic novel about whistleblowers and mass surveillance co-authored by Khalil Bendib, will be published by Metropolitan Books in 2016.

A US drone strike in Eastern Afghanistan has resulted in the deaths of 5 people. Press reports …

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Jul 28 2015

The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement

GUEST: Michael Gould-Wartofsky, author of The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement, writes for the Nation, Monthly Review, Salon, and Jacobin.

Nearly 4 years after the historic Occupy Wall Street movement was born in New York City and spread around the world, we turn today to examine it with the benefit of hind-sight. A new book by Michael Gould-Wartofsky paints an intimate portrait of the nearly 2-month long occupation …

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Jul 27 2015

Dr. Richard Wolff Makes Sense of the Greek Debacle

GUEST: Richard Wolff, has written a number of books including ‘Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism’, ‘Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism’, ‘Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA’, and ‘Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown.’

Greece was rocked with reports over the weekend about secret plans by a faction of the anti-austerity Syriza Party, to possibly transform the currency from the Euro to the Drachma.

Former Finance Minister …

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Jul 27 2015

Not From Here: Memoir Tackles Complex Issues of Belonging

GUEST: Allan Johnson, sociologist, author, novelist, and public speaker, author of Not From Here: A Memoir. His books include The Gender Knot: Unraveling Patriarchal Legacy, and The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise, and Privilege, Power, and Difference.

When an angry mob of racist Americans confronted Central American immigrant children in the town of Murrieta, California, they held signs saying “Return to Sender.” But the ownership that …

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Jul 24 2015

Texas Rules Sandra Bland’s Death a Suicide, But Questions Remain

GUEST: Thandisizwe Chimurenga, Contributing Writer for Truthout, CounterPunch and the Los Angeles Watts Times and Sentinel Newspapers, and author of the newly released “Reparations … Not Yet: A Case for Reparations and Why We Must Wait.” Her earlier book was ‘No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant’.

The police custody death of Sandra Bland has gripped the nation, coming to symbolize so much of what is broken about our system of …

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Jul 24 2015

Leading Indian Politician Assesses Modi’s First Year in Office

GUEST: Brinda Karat, a leading Indian politician with the Communist Part of India (Marxist). She was the general secretary of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) from 1993 to 2004 and continues today as its Vice President.

This segment was originally broadcast on June 9, 2015.

The leader of the largest democracy in the world seems to have a low opinion of women. At an event in Bangladesh on Sunday …

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Jul 23 2015

What Is On the Corporate Agenda at ALEC’s Secret San Diego Meeting?

GUEST: Brendan Fischer, General Counsel with Center for Media and Democracy.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which had been hemorrhaging corporate members, still apparently has some draw. At its annual meeting in San Diego this week, several GOP Presidential hopefuls are making appearances. Among them are Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

The gathering will also draw protesters from groups like …

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Jul 23 2015

Sharp Rise in US Bombs and Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan

GUEST: Kathy Kelly, Co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She recently returned from Afghanistan in June.

A motorcycle carrying a suicide bomber tore through a crowded marketplace in the northwestern province of Afghanistan on Wednesday killing at least 25 people and wounding dozens. The attack is one of a number of deadly bombings throughout the country over the past several weeks. The Taliban has taken credit for them in an intensifying …

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Jul 22 2015

As Undocumented Immigrants Continue to be Criminalized, Anti-Latino Racism Climbs

GUEST: Claudia Bautista, Regional Campaign Coordinator of NDLON, Marcela Hernandez, Deportation Defense Coordinator with the Immigrant Youth Coalition.

Family members of Kate Steinle testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday to address crime and safety issues regarding undocumented immigration. Steinle was tragically killed on July 1st in San Francisco, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant from Mexico named Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez.

Sanchez is a multiple felon who reportedly reentered …

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