“Feature Stories” archives

May 21 2015

Los Angeles Becomes Largest US City to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hr

GUEST: Laphonza Butler, Co-Convener of the Raise the Wage Coalition and President of SEIU-ULTCW and SEIU California.

Los Angeles recently became the largest US city to adopt a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The LA City Council voted 14-1 to raise the current base wage of $9 an hour to $15 by the year 2020. The increase will be phased in over a 5-year period, allowing …

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May 21 2015

Struggle to Process Backlogged Rape Kits Continues

GUESTS: Natasha Alexenko, Founder of the Natasha Justice Project, Abigail Tracy, Reporter for Vocativ. She recently wrote an article entitled, “Rape Kit Backlog Grows Nationwide, Jeopardizing Prosecutions.”

It is a strange thing that when a rape is reported and evidence collected, that the rapist can go free for years simply because law enforcement often do not bother to follow up on the evidence. Rapists can go on to assault many more …

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May 20 2015

Peter Kuznick Puts Today’s Risk of Nuclear War and US Legacy of Conflict into Context

GUEST: Peter Kuznick, Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University. He has collaborated with film maker Oliver Stone to co-author the 12 part Showtime documentary film series and book both titled The Untold History of the United States.

*This segment was originally broadcast on Feb. 26, 2015.

In a little noticed piece of news, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, said on an interview this …

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May 20 2015

What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming

GUEST: Per Espen Stoknes, a psychologist specializing in Climate and environmental strategies, economic psychology, and energy systems. He is the author of the new book ‘What We Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action’.

The warming of our planet is unarguably the greatest existential threat facing the human species, and for that matter, most other species. The release of greenhouse gas emissions into our atmosphere has had …

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May 19 2015

Trade is War: The West’s War Against The World

GUEST: Yash Tandon has had decades of on-the-ground experience as a high level negotiator in bodies such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), and is the author of the new book, ‘Trade is War: The West’s War Against The World’.

It is not often that members of the US Congress get the opportunity to weigh in on international trade. Negotiations over fast track authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, …

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May 19 2015

Genocide Forms the Backdrop to the Rohingya Migrant Crisis

GUEST: Dan Sullivan, Director of Policy and Government Relations at United to End Genocide. His recent report is entitled, ‘Flight of the Rohingya: Stateless refugees from Burma are risking death, rape, and drowning by the thousands on a risky escape to Malaysia’.

Thousands migrants are trapped in boats off the shores of Indonesia and Malaysia, most of them hailing from Bangladesh and the Rohingya community in Myanmar. The Rohingya are a …

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May 18 2015

Chris Hedges Calls for Revolution: Olympia WA Speech Based on New Book ‘Wages of Rebellion’

GUEST: Chris Hedges is the author of numerous bestselling books, including ‘Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class'; ‘War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning'; and ‘Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt’ which he co-wrote with Joe Sacco. He writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig.

Despite our daily news cycle being dominated by the violence of war and poverty, reports abound of rebellions. In fact, …

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May 18 2015

Young Palestinian Artist Keeps Refugee Stories Alive in ‘Baddawi’

GUEST: Leila Abdelrazaq, a Chicago-based Palestinian artist and graphic novelist, author of ‘Baddawi’. Leila is an organizer – member of the National Students for Justice in Palestine Steering Committee- and a recent graduate of DePaul University where she was active in the group Students for Justice in Palestine which helped to pass the DePaul Divestment referendum.

Friday May 15th was the 67th anniversary of Al Nakba, the day that Palestinians …

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May 15 2015

Conversation with the Legendary Sonia Sanchez

GUEST: Sonia Sanchez legendary poet, writer and activist artist. She was the designated speaker for this year’s Jean Burden Poetry Reading at Cal State L.A.  

Just as it’s been fifty years since the March on Selma and many landmark moments in the history of the Black struggle for civil rights, it was half a century ago that the ground breaking Black Arts Movement was pioneered by such great activist artists …

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May 15 2015

Benny Wenda, West Papua Leader Speaks Out Against Indonesian Repression, And His US Visa Cancelation

GUEST: Benny Wenda the International Spokesman for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), and founder of the Free West Papua Campaign. He lives in exile in the United Kingdom.

The leader of the movement to Free West Papua, Benny Wenda, was scheduled to be on our show live in studio today. But yesterday, at the airport in London, when he attempted to check in for his flight to the …

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