19 minutes | Mar 18, 2016
Kerry Calls Islamic State “Genocidal”
Listen to this segment Listen to the full show GUEST: Vijay Prashad is a professor of international studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the author of 18 books, including the Future of the Arab Revolution (University of California Press, 2016). He writes weekly for Alternet. One day after the US House of Representatives passed a resolution 393-0 declaring that ISIS was committing genocide, Secretary of State John Kerry echoed the claim. Kerry said, “Daesh is genocidal by self proclamation, by ideology and by actions,” referring to the Islamic State by it’s Arabic acronym. These US proclamations come on the heels of an announcement by Russia to withdraw its forces from Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin has long sided with the Syrian regime of Bashar Al Assad. What do all these developments mean for the 5-year long conflict that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths of ordinary Syrians? Read Vijay Prashad’s article on Alternate HERE.
27 minutes | Mar 18, 2016
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
Listen to this segment Listen to the full show GUEST: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, and author of the new book, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation. The Black Lives Matter movement has transformed the national conversation on anti-black racism in the United States. While most of the flashpoints have centered on police violence, the movement has raised its links to institutional racism and creatively confronted politicians. The movement has links to past movements for civil rights and yet is quite unique. The injustices it tackles are similar and yet different. Navigating the history of the US and the challenges facing the Black Lives Matter movement in a new book ‘From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation’.
15 minutes | Mar 17, 2016
Do Tuesday’s Primaries = a Clinton-Trump Matchup in November?
Listen to this segment Listen to the full show GUEST: Joshua Holland, Writing fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and Host of Politics and Reality Radio, and author of The 15 Biggest Lies About the Economy, and Everything You need to Know About Taxes, Jobs, and Corporate America. Bernie Sanders supporters expressed great disappointment on Wednesday morning when they awoke to find that their favorite candidate did not win a single of the 5 primary races on Tuesday. Even in Missouri where he was leading in the polls, he ended up with a virtual tie with his rival Hillary Clinton. In winning primaries in Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, news media have pronounced that Clinton is back on track to win the nomination after her unexpected Michigan defeat. Meanwhile, in the GOP field, Donald Trump won big in Florida, Illinois, and North Carolina. He lost to John Kasich in Ohio, who is that state’s governor. The biggest Republican bombshell of the week was Marco Rubio’s decision to drop out of the Presidential race.
16 minutes | Mar 17, 2016
Chicagoans Say #ByeAnita, Oust Pro-Cop State’s Attorney
Listen to this segment Listen to the full show GUEST: Sarah Macaraeg, journalist and writer based in Chicago exploring social justice issues, she is an Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Fellow, and New America Media Fellow. She writes for the Guardian, Vice, and Truthout. As we continue our election coverage we focus on Illinois, and Chicago in particular, where tensions were high leading in to Tuesday’s primary race. A State’s attorney race in Cook County had gained national attention after activists launched a campaign to oust the incumbent, Anita Alvarez. Alvarez came under fire for being soft on police accused of shooting unarmed people including in the high-profile case of Laquan McDonald. An online Twitter campaign, #ByeAnita, drew much attention to voter dissatisfaction with her record. Kim Foxx, an African American former assistant state’s attorney won her seat. Just days before, a massive mobilization in Chicago to confront Donald Trump had led to clashes on the University of Illinois campus. The GOP frontrunner canceled his rally but claimed a wide victory in the state on Tuesday. Democrat Hillary Clinton also won Illinois, beating her rival Bernie Sanders.
19 minutes | Mar 17, 2016
When God Isn’t Green
Listen to this segment Listen to the full show GUEST: Jay Wexler, Professor at Boston University School of Law, where he has taught Environmental Law and Church-State Law since 2001. He is the author of When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide. As a child, when I visited my home country of India, I sometimes got to witness the amazing Hindu religious spectacles that unfolded on the streets of Mumbai. One of the most striking was the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, where masses of people would carry giant idols of the Hindu elephant-headed god, Ganesh, and march to the sea and submerge the idols as a symbolic gesture. I always wondered what happened to the idols in the days and weeks following. Asking the question of what happens when religious practice and environmentalism collide is my guest Jay Weller. Find out more about his book www.jaywex.com, or follow him @scotushumor.
16 minutes | Mar 16, 2016
In FBI’s Fight Against Apple, Public Is On the Side of Tech Companies and Privacy Rights
Listen to this segment Listen to the full show GUEST: Shahid Buttar, Director of Grassroots Advocacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Federal law enforcement agencies want to hack into the iPhone belonging to the suspected shooters in the massacre that took place in San Bernardino, California, last year and have asked Apple to give them access. Apple has resolutely refused, and polls show that much of the public agrees. President Obama, at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, last Friday, touched on the current clash between the FBI and Apple, saying: “I anguish a lot over the decisions we make in terms of how to keep this country safe and I’m not interested in overthrowing the values that have made us an exceptional and great nation simply for expediency. But the dangers are real. Maintaining law and order and a civilized society is important. Protecting our kids is important. So I would just caution against taking an absolutist perspective on this.” For more information visit www.eff.org.
21 minutes | Mar 16, 2016
Report: Hollywood Gets Failing Grades on Diversity Again
Listen to this segment Listen to the full show GUEST: Darnell Hunt, Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Chair of the Department of Sociology, and the Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. As the brouhaha over the Oscars being “so white” starts to die out, one wonders if the discussion on diversity in film will come up only once a year. Ensuring fair representation of people of color and women requires year-round effort and one of the institutions holding Hollywood’s feet to the fire is the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, which issues a yearly report on the industry. Download the report HERE.
18 minutes | Mar 16, 2016
The Brainwashing of My Dad
Listen to this segment Listen to the full show GUEST: Jen Senko, filmmaker of The Brainwashing of my Dad. The rise of Donald Trump has confounded the country. If one had to describe a typical Trump supporter it would be a white American man who was angry. Very angry. The businessman-turned-politician seems to be striking such a strong chord in some Americans that it seems unfathomable why so many would back a person who frequently lies, promotes racism, misogyny, and violence. But watching Jen Senko’s new film, The Brainwashing of my Dad, it doesn’t seem terribly surprising. The film is about to be released theatrically. To find out more about the documentary visit www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com.
14 minutes | Mar 15, 2016
Chicago Activists Shut Down Trump Rally
Listen to this segment Listen to the full show GUEST: Arun Gupta, investigative journalist who has written for dozens of publications including the Washington Post, the Guardian, The Nation, and Salon. Activists in Chicago disrupted a planned rally for Donald Trump at the University of Illinois at Chicago last Friday. The rally was to take place at the UIC Pavilion but as an organized group of anti-Trump activists descended, clashes broke out inside and outside the location, leading Trump to cancel. It appears as though the activists who organized the disruption were a combination of UIC students, Black Lives Matter, and other Chicagoans. According to reports, “protesters outnumbered supporters by at least a 5-to-1 ratio.” There were conflicting reports about whether Trump would cancel his planned rally in Cincinnati ahead of Tuesday’s primary races. Follow Aruns’ work @arunindy.
18 minutes | Mar 15, 2016
Are Texas and Indiana Returning Us to the Age of the Coat Hanger?
Listen to this segment Listen to the full show 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 women’s access in a state that has already decimated most of its clinics. Increasingly there are reports of women attempting abortions at home – an often life-risking exercise. Meanwhile the state of Indiana passed a draconian anti-abortion bill last week that so severely curtails abortion access that it has left reproductive rights advocates horrified. Gov. Mike Pence is expected to sign it into law soon. Since 2001 there have been 471 laws and regulations passed all over the country chipping away at women’s right to an abortion. Read more at www.rhrealitycheck.org.
16 minutes | Mar 15, 2016
Nuclear Energy Expert Claims Ongoing Cover-up Five Years After Fukushima
Listen to this segment Listen to the full show 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 hit Fukushima, Japan. The tsunami itself swept over towns and villages flattening 400,000 homes and buildings, and killing more than 15,000 people, making it Japan’s worst peace-time disaster. Because the tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant causing a major meltdown, it was also the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe since the 1986 Chernobyl accident. For more information visit www.fairewinds.org.
16 minutes | Mar 14, 2016
How Closed Primary Elections Can Impact The Presidential Race
Listen to this segment Listen to the full show 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 not be allowed to vote for a candidate they like if that candidate is running with a major party. The case of Bernie Sanders is especially telling. The Democratic-leaning Senator spent most of his career identifying as an independent and is now running as a Democrat and attracting plenty of independent progressives. But can they all vote for him? Similarly, there may be some independent voters who back Hillary Clinton simply because they yearn for a woman in the White House. For more information visit independentvoterproject.org. FOR CALIFORNIA VOTERS: Check the status of your voter registration HERE. http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/ If you are not registered, click HERE to register to vote.