In their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk about the state of death penalty politics in the US, and the current case before the Supreme Court on the use of a "cocktail" of drugs in executions. Mike and Jan take up some of the history of medicalizing of executions, and the role of doctors in state supported murder.
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Larrry Bowlden reviews Fay Weldon's 2010 novel, Chalcot Crescent,; it describes adystopian possible future of capitalism. The books is partly prophetic, partly cynical satire, and partly a kind of memoir. Although still obviously a feminist author, she pokes fun at many of her own past views as well as her own writing career.
More of Larry's book reviews are here. 5:51 minutes (4.01 MB)
Dave Finkel and Bill Resnick discuss the latest phase of the battle for control of the middle east. Have Israel and Saudi Arabia formed an Alliance to help Sunni Jihadists, seeing a victory of Al Qaeda and the ISIS as the lesser evil as compared to a victory of Iran and its allies in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon?
Finkel is editor of Against the Current and co-author of the editorial “Middle East Imperial Meltdown” in the latest issue.
13:28 minutes (9.25 MB)
Panagioti Tsolkas moderates this panel, which explores the intersections between the epidemic of mass incarceration and the environmental degradation which occurs, directly and indirectly, as a result of it, including: the immediate impacts of pollution from these often-overpopulated human warehouses; the environmental racism of where prisons are built and how they operate; the re-branding of prisons as part of a “green” economy; and the use of prison as a tool for repressing ecological movements aimed at changing the current political/economic system.
56:12 minutes (77.18 MB)
As reported on Friday’s newscast, last Thursday the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees voted to rescind its previous support for a hotly contested new telescope project on Mauna Kea, which is of central and sacred importance to the Hawaiian people.
The Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT, would be by far the largest of an already crowded 13-telescope complex near the summit of the mountain.
Native Hawaiians and environmentalists had opposed the other telescopes, but only the TMT has aroused a mobilization powerful enough to prevent construction from going forward. 13:20 minutes (12.2 MB)
This week: Saturday May 2 was the Global Marijuana March. We attended the Portland GMM, and spoke with Russ Belville of Portland NORML and 420radio.org, Lindsey Rinehart of Parents 4 Pot and the UnderGreen Railroad, Bettie Retro of the International Women's Cannabis Association and Parents 4 Pot, Kaliko Castille of Portland NORML and The Weed Blog, and Urb Thrasher, stage MC and event organizer. We also hear from Erin Purchase and her daughter Mykala about cannabis oil and Mykala's battle against cancer. Plus, we talk with Neill Franklin of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition about Baltimore and the death of Freddie Gray. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
Lloyd Geering is a Presbyterian minister and scholar from New Zealand. He has written over a dozen books. His latest book is a collection of essays that chronicle his intellectual and spiritual journey, Reimagining God: The Faith Journey of A Modern Heretic. He was tried for heresy in the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand in 1967 for an article he wrote about Resurrection.