Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk the Left and the Law with a discussion of the new documentary Citizenfour. Filmmaker Laura Poitras intimately documents whistleblower Edward Snowden’s efforts to expose the intrusive post-9/11 US eavesdropping industry. Jan recommends David Price's discussion of "The New Surveillance Normal" in Monthly Review, about the commercial as well as political motives for widespread surveillance.
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The city of Denton Texas passed a ban against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on November 4th. Despite being overspent 10 to 1 in campaign funding, the anti-fracking initiative passed by a wide margin of 18%, which included a majority of both Democratic and Republican voters.
The city is now being sued by big oil and gas industry interests. State regulators such as Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick are encouraging drillers to disobey the ban. And Texas State Representative Phil King, a self-proclaimed proponent of local control and limited government, is trying to pass a state law prohibiting municipalities from banning fracking.
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In this recently-rediscovered "Treasure from the KBOO Archives" from 25 years ago, a much younger Paul Roland offers a glimpse into the ecological consciousness and resistance movement, which emerged particularly strong in the Pacific Northwest, also known as Cascadia. Most of the interviews were done at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene, which had become one of the epicenters for cross-fertilization in this movement.
We speak with Lee Francis from the Indigenous narrative collective (also known as INC) about native representation in the comic world and how INC plans to change the way the comics world sees Native Americans. 37:36 minutes (34.43 MB)