Dr. Benjamin Chavis is a civil rights pioneer. He led the NAACP in the early 90s and he was the director of the Million Man March. He is involved in a number of self empowerment initiatives including a collaboration with media mogul Russell Simmons to use hip hop as a way for youth to transmit experiential messages to the larger community. Mr. Chavis was recently elevated to the position of president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Don Merrill sat down with Mr. Chavis to talk about his newest job to once again help energize and educate not just black communities but all communities. 29:56 minutes (27.4 MB)
On June 17, the Canadian government approved the hotly contested Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry diluted tar sands crude oil from Alberta to the British Columbia Coast. Since then, protestors have sat in at one Member of Parliament's office and chained and padlocked the offices of two others, among other actions against the decision.
B.C. indigenous or First Nations bands and organizations are generally united against the project, along with Canadian environmental groups and many towns along the pipeline route, as well as the Union of B.C. Municipalities. 7:56 minutes (40.05 MB)
'Railroaded': howw a handful of powerful energy companies ran rolling death through the Dakotas without the knowledge or the pwemission of the people whose communities are endnagered.
The DeSmoh Blog's Steve Horn talks Bakken ‘bomb-trains’; Greenpeace’s Brian Manning talks sbout this coming Tuesday’s street theater event in the name of action against amber energy; the corporatization of incompetence and Janet Phelan, ‘Exile extraordinaire’ introduces the book she wrote documenting her strange saga. 45:32 minutes (18.24 MB)
KBOO's Paul Roland speaks with Ariel Deranje about the 5th Annual Tar Sands Healing Walk, which calls attention to the continued exploitation of fossil fuels in Alberta, Canada and its effects on the land. 11:55 minutes (10.91 MB)
Friends of the Earth's Climate and Energy campaigner Lukas Ross talks about a bill passed yesterday in the US House of Representatives that would speed up oil drilling and fracking in the United States. 4:50 minutes (4.43 MB)
Norman Pollack is the author of “The Populist Response to Industrial America” (Harvard) and “The Just Polity” (Illinois), Guggenheim Fellow, and professor of history emeritus, Michigan State University. His interests are social theory and the structural analysis of capitalism and fascism. He is a frequent contributor to the Counterpunch website. Some of his articles on U.S. fascism include: 55:53 minutes (51.16 MB)
Joe Clement hosts this episode about neoliberal education in the Chinese context, the latest season of Orange is the New Black, We Are BRAVE (a reproductive rights & justice project aimed at serving women of color), and a proposed Communist Party of Cascadia. 55:07 minutes (22.08 MB)
Jan Haaken talks with Shantae Johnson and Diego Hernandez of We Are BRAVE (Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity), about the fight for reproductive rights and justice for everyone. They do so in light of the new, widely acclaimed movie "Obvious Child", which portrays the process of navigating an unwanted pregnancy as a romantic comedy. They focus though on the work of We Are BRAVE, a project of the Western States Center devoted to reproductive rights and justice for women of color, stressing that abortion isn't the only issue. 13:03 minutes (5.23 MB)
Frann Michel and Iven Hale take a second critical look at the latest season of Orange is the New Black (click here to hear season one review). They discuss its potential merit, including just increasing the exposure of the prison industrial complex in popular culture, but find that it has strayed from effective commentary on the state of mass incarceration, queer or race issues it seemed like it might offer. Some relevant links available here. 12:19 minutes (4.94 MB)