Political Prisoners and Israeli War Crimes in Gaza - Guests Mr. Jaber Wishah, the Deputy Director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza, and Yonatan Pollack, an organizer with Anarchists Against the Wall, join hosts William Seaman and Wael Elasady.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Yiyun Li, author of "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" and "The Vagrants," her debut novel, which is set in China in the late 1970s. It deals with human frailty and courage.
Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ravi Batra, professor of economics at Southern Methodist University and author of The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos. Batra predicted the financial meltdown way in advance, offering his latest forecast in February last year to Texas Monthly: “When the American bubble starts to burst around mid 2007, and beyond, foreign investors will head for the exits…” Now that the American housing bubble is bursting at the seems, Batra’s biggest fear is that foreign investors will indeed head for the exits, and the already feeble dollar will collapse. Then we will see a rapid unraveling of our debt based economy, rising unemployment, bulging poverty, and big stock market crashes.
The play's the thing. Theater offers reflections of reality but can it serve as a specific tool in tackling problems? Jo Ann and Dave talk with members of PassinArt: A Theater Company about their production of "A Sunbeam" by award-winning playwright John Henry. This unique production of a play about a family torn apart by problems includes "talk back" sessions with cast members and professionals from the Avel Gordley Center for Healing.
The Bush administration hid behind the state secrets privilege to spy on the American people. President Obama promised change but recent court battles suggest the threats to our civil liberties will continue. Will the Obama administration continue to use the privilege of the presidency to hide unconstitutional actions from the public? We The People talked to Portland attorney Tom Nelson earlier this week to discuss how a local case of illegal spying could shed some light on the future of government surveillance on Americans.
The guest is Karen Coulter of Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, a group that has been successfully fighting for the preservation of forests and wildlife in eastern Oregon for nearly 20 years. She discusses their upcoming fundraiser and their work to spark widespread public discussion and initiatives addressing the need to re-establish citizen authority instead of transnational corporate rule and create real democracy to protect the integrity of ecosystems and communities for the future. Eva Lake hosts.