On their Left and the Law segment today, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk about the politics of parole boards in the U.S.. They discuss a case taken up by the Post-conviction Justice Project in California around denial of parole rights--and they look at how parole boards operate as a political site of struggle.
Would a socialist society be a boring and mediocre world? Not so, according to Danny Katch writing on the Jacobin Magazine blog. Clayton Morgareidge reads an edited version. The complete version is here.
Image is Decor design for Gozzi’s play Princess Turandot (1922). Ignaty Nivinsky / Bakhrushin Theatre Museum, Moscow. It illustrates the vibrancy of artistic activity in the first years of the Soviet Union.
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Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews China Dog and Other stories from a Chinese Laundry, by Judy Fong Bates. As in her perceptive and wise debut novel Midnight at the Dragon Cafe, Bates describes what it was like to grow up between two cultures. Her Chinese parents want very much for her to succeed in her Canadian home, but they also want her to keep to Chinese traditions and worry that she is becoming too Canadian. How to balance between the demands of the lo fons (white ghost people) and the hopes and dreams of her parents? Each short story another chapter in that struggle.
For more of Larry's reviews, go here. 4:58 minutes (3.41 MB)
Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with Frédéric Mousseau about agroecology: farming, ecology, and food. Mousseau is the Policy Director at the Oakland Institute where he coordinates the Institute’s research and advocacy activities on land investment, food security and agriculture. He has conducted numerous reviews and studies on food and agriculture and authored many reports and articles on these issues. Trained as an economist, Frederic has worked as a staff member and consultant for international relief agencies for nearly two decades, including Action Against Hunger, Doctors Without Borders, and Oxfam International.
This week: the Justice Department's inspector general issues a report criticizing the DEA's handling of its confidential informant program, and the Senate narcotics caucus hears about barriers to CBD research. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
President Obama took off today on his first trip as President to Kenya and Ethiopia.
The Los Angeles Times reports the U.S. has stepped up use of drone strikes in neighboring Somalia ahead of Obama’s trip. For more on U.S. drones strikes and covert operations in Somalia, KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Abayomi Azikiwe from the Pan African News wire 15:01 minutes (13.75 MB)