An introduction to the life and music of the Chilean revolutionary singer-songwriter Victor Jara, murdered in 1973 by the right-wing coup against the democratic socialist government of Salvador Allende. This segment includes an interview with writer and film maker Saul Landau, and several tracks of Jara's great voice singing his songs. They include "El Derecho de Vivir in Paz," "B.R.P.," "
17:44 minutes (10.15 MB)
When will the pursuit of justice finally come to end after September 11--that's September 11, 1973, in Chile. 35 years ago, a coup supported by the US brought General Agusto Pinochet to power and what followed were years of state-sponsored disappearances, torture and executions. The story of the arrest and murder of Joyce Horman's husband, Charles, was told in the Costa Gavras film, Missing. In the decades since her husband's murder, Joyce Horman has worked tirelessly to bring the truth to light. She has just donated the archives of her investigation to the Benson Latin American collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
Drinking From Puddles welcomes interview guest Paris !!
Paris hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and was catapulted onto the national hip-hop scene in 1990 with his hit single and album The Devil Made Me Do It, after earning a degree in economics from the University of California at Davis. Originally released on Tommy Boy Records, his first single from that album, "Break The Grip of Shame," was banned by MTV. Since then his uncompromising stance on political issues and biting social commentary have both aided and hindered his quest to bring solid music and messages to the masses.
Andy Worthington the author of The Guantanamo Files; The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison hosted by Linda Olson-Osterlund gives an update on Guantanamo. Who's still there and what is happening to them now. They also talk about the important role of the prisoners, lawyers, civil liberty activists and independant media in bringing this story to light.
For more from Andy Worthington go to andyworthington.co.uk
Eric Lichtblau is the Justice Department beat writer for the New York Times newspaper. He and his partner in writing, Jim Risen were the recipients of the 2006 Pullitzer Prize fpr national reporting for their story that revealed the secret, warrantless wiretapping program of the National Security Agency. He talks about the Bush Administrations secret actions to rewrite or circumvent Civil Liberty protections most Americans consider the bedrock of our freedom.
His compelling and important book is Bush's Law; The Remaking of American Justice
A report from Haiti where more than a thousand people have died from causes related to damage from recent hurricanes, a report from activist Malik Rahim of Common Ground in New Orleans, and an interview about women in prison.
Hosts Abe Proctor and Joe Uris start outwitha discussion on the current situation beween the US, Georgia and Russia. Then they change gears to examine the new Sweetheart of the Republican Party, Sarah Palin.