“Feature Stories” archives

Jul 03 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.

*This segment was originally broadcast on April 14, 2015.

It has been less than 11 months since one of the greatest American artists, Maya Angelou died. On May 28th 2014, the incredible singer, …

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Jul 02 2015

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum

GUEST: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is an American-Indian activist and scholar, whose latest book is An Indigenous People’s History of the United States.

The issue of “National Security” is constantly invoked by politicians and the media as justifications for war and surveillance. Since the September 11th attacks, the US has launched endless wars that have ironically made us less safe and built an unprecedented network of intrusive surveillance. Today, as part of …

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Jul 02 2015

Gaza Resists Israeli War and Siege

GUEST: Max Blumenthal, senior writer for AlterNet, and the award-winning author of Goliath and Republican Gomorrah. His latest book just out now is called The 51-Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.

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As if the residents of Gaza needed any more violence, a number of bombings have been documented over the past couple of months aimed at Hamas, by rivals …

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Jul 02 2015

Politics of Parenting: Study Finds Children of Working Moms Do Better

GUEST: Mayra Ruiz Castro is a Researcher at the Harvard Business School.

A Pew research poll from 2013 found that “A plurality of adults (42%) say having a mother who works part time is ideal for a young child, and one-third say having a mother who doesn’t work at all is ideal.” Even among women who are working mothers, “only 22% [said] having a mother who works full time is …

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Jul 01 2015

Politics of Intersectionality: SCOTUS Marriage Ruling and Black Lives Matter

GUEST: Patrisse Cullors, Director of the Truth and Reinvestment Campaign for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, with fellow organizers Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi. She also founded the LA-based organization Dignity and Power Now. She is an artist and activist, and a Fulbright Scholarship recipient.

When the Supreme Court ruled on Friday to legalize marriage in all 50 states, Americans erupted in celebration. …

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Jul 01 2015

Where Does Supreme Court Ruling on Lethal Injection Leave Anti Death Penalty Movement?

GUEST: Mike Farrell is a well-known actor who rose to stardom in the classic TV series M.A.S.H. as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt, and the President of the California-based Death Penalty Focus. His autobiography is titled, Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist

The US Supreme Court this week dealt a serious blow to opponents of the death penalty. In a 5-4 ruling on Glossip v. Gross, justices determined that …

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Jun 30 2015

Right Wing Terrorism Far More Dangerous than Radical Islam

GUEST: David Sterman, program associate at New America and has a Masters from Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies. His work focuses on homegrown extremism and the maintenance of New America’s datasets on terrorism inside the United States.

Judging by the priorities of the US government and media coverage, most Americans likely view the threat of radical Islam as the greatest source of terrorism in the US today. But they would …

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Jun 30 2015

Noam Chomsky on Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum

GUEST: Noam Chomsky, is a legendary political analyst, professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT, author of over 100 books.

The issue of “National Security” is constantly invoked by politicians and the media as justifications for war and surveillance. Since the September 11th attacks, the US has launched endless wars that have ironically made us less safe and built an unprecedented network of intrusive surveillance. Today, as part of an …

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Jun 30 2015

Supreme Court Undermines EPA’s Ability to Regulate Mercury Emissions

GUEST: Dahr Jamail, a Truthout staff reporter, is the author of ‘The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan’, and ‘Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq’. He has won the Martha Gellhorn Award for Investigative Journalism, among other awards.

After a series of high-profile losses at the Supreme Court, conservatives celebrated yesterday when the nation’s highest court ruled against the …

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Jun 29 2015

One Year After ISIS Declared Caliphate, Murder and Mayhem Continues

GUEST: Reese Erlich, veteran freelance foreign correspondent who has traveled widely across the Middle East. He has written a number of books including, Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire. His latest book is called ‘Inside Syria: The Back Story of the Civil War and What the World Can Expect’.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is celebrating its one-year anniversary today. On June 29 2014, …

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