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80 minutes | May 25, 2015
The Bombing of Judi Bari & Darryl Cherney – Part 2
On May 24th, 1990 a motion-activated, anti-personnel bomb exploded in Judi Bari’s car as she and Darryl Cherney were driving in Oakland, CA. Both were Earth First! (EF!) activists organizing ‘Redwood Summer,’ modeled on the civil rights movement’s ‘Mississippi Summer’, to halt logging of California’s remaining old growth redwoods. Minutes after the explosion, the FBI terrorism squad was on the scene. Three hours later, Judi was arrested while in the hospital; twelve hours later Darryl was also arrested. But due to a lack of evidence, the district attorney refused to prosecute Judi or Darryl. Law enforcement authorities never pursued any other suspects. Judi and Darryl sued the FBI and Oakland Police for civil rights violations, winning a landmark decision in 2002. During the proceedings, they uncovered a massive amount of evidence that the FBI, despite assurances to the contrary, had been spying on EF! for years under COINTELPRO, the FBI’s counter-intelligence program launched in the 1950s. This podcast is built on a radio special from the year 2000, looking at the circumstances surrounding this (still unsolved) assassination attempt. There is a lot of tape of Judi Bari speaking about the context in which the bombing occurred, including efforts to disrupt the organizing and persistent death threats, about the bombing itself and the immediate aftermath. She talks extensively about the bogus investigation launched by the FBI which was never intended to find the bombers, but designed to frame Judi, Darryl and Earth First. I hope you enjoy and learn something from this show.
75 minutes | May 19, 2015
The Bombing of Judi Bari & Darryl Cherney – Part 1
On May 24th, 1990 a motion-activated bomb exploded in Judi Bari’s car as she and Darryl Cherney were driving in Oakland, CA. Both were Earth First! (EF!) activists working to halt logging of California’s old growth redwoods and key organizers of ‘Redwood Summer,’ a campaign modeled on the civil rights movement’s ‘Mississippi Summer’ of decades earlier. Within minutes, the FBI terrorism squad was on the scene. Three hours later, while unconscious in the hospital, Judi was arrested for bombing herself; twelve hours later Darryl was also arrested. These charges were eventually dropped for lack of evidence and law enforcement authorities never pursued any other suspects. It took years for Judi and Darryl to (successfully) sue the FBI and Oakland Police for civil rights violations. During the proceedings, they uncovered a massive amount of evidence that the FBI, despite assurances to the contrary, had been spying on EF! for years under COINTELPRO, a counter-intelligence program the FBI launched in the 1950s. This podcast is built on a radio broadcast special from the year 2000, and begins a multi-episode look at the circumstances surrounding this (still unsolved) assassination attempt. It features lots of tape of Judi Bari, who died in 1997 from cancer. She details the origins of the FBI’s long history of watching EF!, the launch of associated COINTELPRO ops and how they use local authorities to skirt rules prohibiting tracking legal political activities. There’s also a lengthy interview with Darryl Cherney from the month before the original live broadcast.
43 minutes | May 5, 2015
Land Grabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns the Earth – Fred Pearce
New Internationalist, May 2013 Land grabbing is nothing new, most of us live on grabbed land. But the scale, geography and ownership practice in modern land grabs is unprecedented, according to my guest environmental journalist Fred Pearce. He’s authored The Land Grabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns the Earth. Wealthy industrialists are leasing and purchasing huge swaths of geographically remote land, displacing local populations and upsetting long-standing cultural and livelihood practices. Fred describes in detail who is doing the grabbing and why, where it’s happening and how it is changing local peoples’ lives for the worse, but also how individuals can organize to try and halt this trend.
17 minutes | Apr 28, 2015
The Economics of Happiness – Sandra Lubarsky – Reclaiming Beauty
The following is paraphrased from the podcast speaker’s presentation. We live at a time when beauty has become a trivial value, something only in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is relative and subjective, an opinion that cannot be argued. We call it skin deep, superficial, not worth arguing about. But we also say it’s dangerous to girls and women; it’s sexist, racist, elitist, hedonistic. We deride beauty as a sales gimmick and many condemn it as distraction from the great unraveling of civilization. Yet all that misses a significant point: to shift the current economic paradigm we must re-elevate beauty to its rightful place of importance. Many peoples historically understood beauty as fundamental to the structure of the cosmos. But beauty was transformed into personal opinion, and we were talked out of caring for the natural world and into caring for the economy. We convinced ourselves that nature was dead and beauty was trivial, which allowed us to strip the natural world of all value except as a resource for human use. So the loss of beauty and the loss of ecological integrity are intertwined. A world in decline is intrinsically less beautiful. To free ourselves from this mechanistic framework that bears much responsibility for the deterioration of the planet we must re-imagine the world, and ourselves, so we can speak of it‘s intrinsic value and resurrect beauty as a dimension of that value.
19 minutes | Apr 13, 2015
The Economics of Happiness – Manish Jain – Modern Schooling: Crime Against Humanity?
This episode is the first of many to highlight content from the 2015 Economic of Happiness conference, presented by Local Futures. Their goal is shift the economy’s focus away from unrelenting growth, to meeting real human and ecological needs. To do so, we need a radically different paradigm, which must start with how we educate children. This is the view of Manish Jain who spoke on ‘Western-style schooling, Unemployment and Cultural Breakdown.’ He went from fully believing that modern schooling could solve all the world’s problems to now viewing it as a root of these same problems. He thought the educational system was merely broken and that if it just needed fixing. However he now understands it as “a well running machine for destroying the human conscience, deep human connections and diverse human creativity.” He further asserts that “modern schooling is one of the greatest crimes against humanity.” He talks about how the Millennium Development goals and the new sustainable development goals, despite their best intentions, perpetuate the same “monoculture of the mind” that got us to this point. He very pointedly asks “whose knowledge matters and how do we make space for a genuine dialogue between different ways of knowing?” His genial, engaging presentation makes his sometimes very challenging and difficult ideas easy to embrace.
28 minutes | Mar 24, 2015
Ralph Nader: Building Left-Right Alliances Against Corporate Power
Ralph Nader has spent his life working for the public interest by opposing corporate power and its political servants. While personally politically progressive, he understands that the most powerful political force is an alliance including all people regardless of their politics. This is the focus of his latest book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. In discussing it, we focus on the many existing opportunities to implement this approach, with a keen eye toward relevant history and how modern conservatives have inverted the philosophical tenets they purport to embrace. Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State by Ralph Nader
54 minutes | Mar 16, 2015
Author Annie Jacobsen on Operation Paperclip, Bringing Nazi Scientists to America
Operation Paperclip was a U.S. plan to bring Nazi scientists stateside at the end of WW2 to exploit their knowledge in several fields. German scientists achieved unparalleled advances in aeronautics, rocketry and chemical and biological weaponry. No one has written a more authoritative history of this than Annie Jacobsen in Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America. She incorporates information from U.S. and German archives and scores of books, government reports, articles and first-hand interviews and correspondence, to present a highly detailed look at how fears of the next war overshadowed atrocities committed in the one that just ended. We discuss in great detail the program’s origins, some of the key people, some of the results and what is still to be discovered about this shameful part of U.S. (and German) history. Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America by Annie Jacobsen
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