Mar 15 2016

Are Texas and Indiana Returning Us to the Age of the Coat Hanger?

GUEST: Jessica Pieklo, Vice President of Law and the Courts at RH Reality Check.

Much is at stake in a Supreme Court case over a Texas abortion law. The nation’s highest court heard oral arguments last week in Whole Women’s Health v. John Hellerstedt. The case challenges the restrictions placed on abortion clinics in Texas under a law called HB2. The law uses medical arguments to restrict …

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Mar 15 2016

Nuclear Energy Expert Claims Ongoing Cover-up Five Years After Fukushima

GUEST: Arnie Gundersen, on the Board of Directors of Fairewinds Energy Education. He was the recipient of a prestigious Atomic Energy Commission Fellowship for his Masters Degree in nuclear engineering and he holds a nuclear safety patent, was a licensed reactor operator, and is a former nuclear industry senior vice president.

It has been five years since the magnitude 9 earthquake that triggered a devastating tsunami …

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Mar 15 2016

Fighting Black Lives Matter Instead of Police Violence

Published by Truthdig.com on March 13, 2016

A California Highway Patrol officer is unfazed as protesters outside the Sacramento office of California Gov. Jerry Brown demanded passage of AB 953. The law, now in effect, is designed to restrict racial and identity profiling and, according to the ACLU, which supported the measure, to “increase transparency and accountability with law enforcement agencies.” (Rich Pedroncelli …

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Mar 14 2016

How Closed Primary Elections Can Impact The Presidential Race

GUEST: Chad Peace, President of Independent Voter Media.

According to Gallup, more than a third of all eligible voters in the US are not affiliated with either the Democratic or the Republican Party. While they can also choose who they want as President in a general election, voting in primaries becomes more complicated. Depending upon the state you live in, independent, or “decline-to-state” voters may or may …

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Mar 14 2016

Mumia Abu Jamal Commentary: Voting For Your Pain

Mumia Abu Jamal is a political prisoner and award winning journalist. He just filed this commentary about elections and voting.

Visit www.prisonradio.org for more information. …

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Mar 14 2016

Los Angeles Seems More Interested in Prosecuting Black Lives Matter Than Violent Cops

GUEST: Rosa Clemente, community organizer, freelance journalist, 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential candidate, and currently a doctoral candidate in the W.E.B. DuBois Department of AfroAmerican Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is currently on a nationwide tour called If I Were President. Clemente is currently in Los Angeles to stand trial along with six other activists with Black Lives Matter on misdemeanor charges related …

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Mar 14 2016

Meet the Black Lives Matter Activist Facing What May Be the Harshest Criminal Charges For Her Activism

GUEST: Jasmine Richards is the founder of the Pasadena Chapter of Black Lives Matter.

Richards is facing the harshest charges of any Black Lives Matter activist around the nation. Her case is coming up for trial and she faces multiple misdemeanor charges as well as a dangerous felony charge of “making terrorist threats,” all for exercising her right to politically protest.

Watch a video profile of …

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Mar 11 2016

Obama’s Plan To Close Guantanamo Is Deeply Flawed

GUEST: Josie Setzler, member of the organizing team, Witness Against Torture.

Saifullah Paracha is the oldest man being held prisoner at the US-run detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was finally able to make an appearance in front of a review board this week to make the case for his parole.

Dozens of men remain imprisoned in Guantanamo. President Obama had made the closing of the …

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Mar 11 2016

Florida Fast Food Workers Demand Fight for $15 Ahead of Primary

GUEST: Westley Williams and Marianne Raney, McDonalds workers who have walked off their jobs in Florida.

Days ahead of the Florida primary race next Tuesday, fast food workers in the state have walked off their jobs to speak out against low wages and poor working conditions. They want presidential candidates, especially in the GOP, to back their demands for $15 an hour. Workers involved in the struggle …

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Mar 11 2016

I Heart Obama – a Complex Look at the Black Community’s Relationship with the President – Part 2

GUEST: Erin Aubry Kaplan, long-time Los Angeles based journalist, former staff writer for the LA Weekly and op-ed writer for the LA Times. Her earlier books include ‘Black Talk, Blue Thoughts’, and ‘Walking the Color Line’. Her new book is entitled ‘I [Heart] Obama’.

As President Obama’s 8th year in office unfolds, his tenure is being examined from all sides. Setting aside for a moment, the fact that he is the nation’s …

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