“Feature Stories” archives

Oct 30 2014

Pasadena Weekly Cover Story: Invitation to an ‘Uprising’

Pasadena Weekly, Invitation to an ‘Uprising': Sonali Kolhatkar brings her politically progressive morning radio show to television

By Rebecca Waer 10/30/2014

There’s an uprising of a new kind occurring in Pasadena this fall.

Thanks to a massive fundraising effort through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, KPFK’s popular talk radio program “Uprising” now airs on both radio and television.

Their goal was to raise $60,000 in just 30 days. Not only did …

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Oct 30 2014

How Next Week’s Elections Could Shape the American Political Future

Midterm elections take place next Tuesday November 4th around the nation, from local races and measures, to state-wide propositions and governor’s races, and of course Congressional races in both the Senate and the House.

Currently Republicans control the House with Democrats having a slim Senate majority. That could very well change next week with …

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Oct 30 2014

Deep Dark Down: Why the Story of Trapped Chilean Miners Captured Our Collective Imagination

More than 4 years ago, a horrific accident caused the collapse of a mine in the northern region of Chile trapping 33 men underground. They were more than 2000 feet below the surface of the earth and 3 miles down a spiral shaft. The copper and gold mine called the San Jose mine that …

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Oct 29 2014

Daily News Flash with Rahul Mahajan on Ebola-Related News, Shell Shenanigans in Arctic, and Crisis in US-Israel Relations

Rahul Mahajan, sociologist and news analyst, and author of Full Spectrum Dominance: US Power in Iraq and Beyond. Hi Rahul!

Two young African boys residing in New York City, were brutally beaten at school soon after returning from a trip to their native Senegal. The boys are brothers and aged only 11 and 13. They were assaulted by fellow students …

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Oct 29 2014

Award Winning Film Maker Laura Poitras Shares an Intimate Portrait of Edward Snowden

The FBI this week has reportedly raided the Northern Virginia home of a suspected federal contractor-turned-whistleblower who apparently leaked documents to reporters at The Intercept about the US government’s watchlist guidelines.

Laura Poitras is a founding editor of The Intercept, alongside award winning journalist Glenn Greenwald. She herself has been on a watchlist since …

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Oct 29 2014

Underground Afghan Women’s Group Says US Leaves Afghanistan Worse Than Before

Thirteen years after the US launched a war in Afghanistan, Marines, along with British forces, left a key base in Helmand Province, turning it over to Afghanistan’s government. The base closure is part of a planned draw-down of forces that President Obama promised, and represents a transition role for the US which focuses on training …

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Oct 28 2014

Activists Accuse Komen Foundation of Pink Washing Fracking Corporation

The Susan G. Komen Foundation is in the news again and it’s not for a good reason – again. This time the nation’s leading foundation raising money for breast cancer research and awareness, has been shamed by activists for partnering with a company engaged in the controversial practice of fracking or hydraulic fracturing – …

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Oct 28 2014

Indigenous Activists Fight to Keep Amazon Oil Where it Belongs: In the Ground

A number of indigenous groups and farmers filed a complaint this week against oil-giant Chevron at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Their complaint cites Chevron’s refusal to cleanup part of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, which impacts the health of communities directly, and amounts to – in their words – a “crime against humanity.” …

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Oct 28 2014

Dark Money in Midterm Elections Undermines Democracy

The mid-term elections are exactly one week away and Democrats, who currently have a razor-thin majority in the Senate, have the most to lose. If the GOP wins a Senate majority and retains their House majority, we will have a Congress dominated by conservatives. Their financial benefactors are doing everything they can to make …

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Oct 27 2014

Daily News Flash with Courtney Morris on Ebola Qurantines, Fatal School Shooting in Washington, and Rousseff’s Reelection in Brazil

Uprising’s guest expert Courtney Morris, an assistant professor of African American and women’s Studies at Penn State University, analyzes today’s news headlines:

A New Jersey based nurse who just returned from West Africa and was forced into isolation because of fears over Ebola, has decided to sue her state. Mandatory quarantine periods for those traveling …

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