“Feature Stories” archives

Feb 05 2016

What A Record-High Number of Exonerations Says About the US Justice System

GUEST: Samuel R. Gross, the Thomas and Mabel Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He is also the editor of the university’s National Registry of Exonerations.

Nearly 150 people were exonerated for crimes they were convicted of throughout the United States last year. That number is a record high, as per the National Registry of Exonerations. Even more shocking, the average sentence …

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Feb 05 2016

Is India’s New Intolerance Really New? Not for India’s Oppressed Castes

GUEST: Thenmozhi Soundararajan, a Dalit-American filmmaker and Transmedia artist, co-founder of the international women’s media technology collective, Third World Majority.

Well-known Indian author Arundhati Roy is facing a criminal trial for contempt of court in an ominous move that reflects an increasingly intolerant atmosphere in the world’s largest democracy. Roy, who is known for her strong progressive views critical of India’s government, could face prison time. …

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Feb 05 2016

How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy

GUEST: Mehrsa Baradaran is the J. Alton Hosch Associate Professor of Law, at the University of Georgia School. She has testified before Congress on postal banking and how poor Americans are forced to resort to payday lenders.

In a 2014 Wall Street Journal op-ed, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called for the creation of a public banking system, with the postal service as a foundation. That idea …

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Feb 04 2016

Despite Mass Opposition, World Leaders Gather to Sign TPP

GUEST: Patrick Woodall, Research Director and Senior Policy Advocate for Food & Water Watch, advocate on economic justice issues in Washington, and coauthor of a book on the World Trade Organization.

Representatives from a dozen nations including the US are gathering in Auckland, New Zealand this week to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a complex and very secret trade deal on which the …

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Feb 04 2016

After Ammon Bundy’s Arrest, Militia’s Ideology Lives On

GUEST: Arun Gupta, investigative journalist who has written for dozens of publications including the Washington Post, the Guardian, The Nation, and Salon. He recently wrote a piece on Raw Story called ‘The Oregon militant leaders are captured or dead — but anger toward the government lives on.’

Ammon Bundy, the leader of an armed white militia that occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon for nearly a month, is …

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Feb 04 2016

How The Clintons Won Over African Americans

GUEST: Joy Ann Reid, National Correspondent for MSNBC. She is the former managing editor of TheGrio.com and her writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Miami Herald, Salon, and more.

After the Iowa caucuses, all eyes are on New Hampshire, the next Primary election race. While Bernie Sanders is set to win there as per his huge lead in poll numbers over his rival Hillary …

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Feb 03 2016

Sanders and Clinton Tie in Iowa, Media Sees Only Clinton Win

GUEST: Alan Minsky, Program Director at KPFK Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles, a contributor to Truthdig.com, joining us live from Ames, Iowa.

The Iowa caucuses have been seen as a bell weather of primary races in Presidential elections. Kicking off primary season, the state of Iowa attracts national and even international attention every four years, even as it struggles to pull off extremely complicated “caucusing” in …

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Feb 03 2016

How Brazil’s Government Is Handling Internet Freedom, Protests Over Fare Hikes, and the Zika Virus

GUEST: Nathan Thompson, is a researcher with the Igarapé Institute, a Rio de Janeiro-based think tank specializing in security and development issues.

Mass protests shook Brazil in mid-January, leading up to the coming Olympics. They center on the hikes to public transportation fares. Echoing similar protests in 2013, they have rocked cities like Sao Paulo, and also prompted repressive responses from government security forces.

But it’s not …

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Feb 03 2016

Nation Investigative Piece Explores Deaths Inside Immigrant Prisons

GUEST: Seth Freed Wessler, Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a contributor to The Nation magazine. His investigation, reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund, with support from the Puffin Foundation, is the cover story of the February 15 edition of the magazine. 

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants are being held inside privately run federal prisons in the US, and, according to a new, …

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Feb 02 2016

Primary Elections Revive Single Payer Healthcare Idea

GUEST: Margaret Flowers, Pediatrician based in Maryland, served as congressional fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program and is on the board of Healthcare-Now. She is co-director of the group, It’s Our Economy and co-host of Clearing the FOG Radio Show.

The Democratic race for the Presidential nomination has revived the issue of Single Payer healthcare in the media. Because Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is now considered a serious candidate by the …

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