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Ruth Wilson Gilmore – Toward the Abolition of Incarceration
24 Jun, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The U.S. is Number One. America is first in the world in having 2.3 million people behind bars. They are held in state prisons, federal prisons, county jails, juvenile correctional facilities and other lockups. The prison industrial complex costs state and federal governments billions of dollars annually. Every year, over 600,000 people go to prison. Yet mass incarceration has not...
Paul Street - The Anti-Democratic U.S. Constitution
17 Jun, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The title of this program may come as a surprise to some. The Constitution is considered by many in the United States as a sacred document. Its framers are venerated as demi-gods. The Founders, white men, slave owners and holding property shaped a document that would codify and entrench their class power and privilege. It was crafted to benefit the...
Chuck Collins - Inequality: The New Gilded Age
03 Jun, 2019 | 0:56:59 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

A conversation between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald reportedly went like this: Fitzgerald says, “The rich are different from you and me.” To which Hemingway responded, “Yes, they have more money.” You bet they do. And now more than ever. The old Gilded Age pales in comparison to the current one. The wealthy of the late 19th century: Rockefeller,...
Winona LaDuke – Native American Eco-Justice
27 May, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Eduardo Galeano in his masterwork, The Open Veins of Latin America wrote that 500 years ago European settler colonialists came to this hemisphere and "sank their teeth" into the throats of Indian civilizations. You know the story. Genocide. Land was stolen. Broken promises and broken treaties. Survivors exiled to inhospitable reservations. In recent years indigenous people are organizing and asserting...
Lawrence Wilkerson – U.S. Empire & Latin America
06 May, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The list of U.S. invasions, occupations, coups and sanctions in Latin America is a mile long. It is after all, “our little region over here,” and our “backyard” according to policymakers in Washington. Starting with the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 the continent and its people have been a laboratory for U.S. intervention, a kind of piñata, a punching bag. As...
Wallace Shawn - Artists & Social Responsibility
29 Apr, 2019 | 0:56:59 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Artists, creative people, occupy a special place in our hearts and minds. They interpret the world around us and imagine things outside the box. What is the connection between them and their creative output and society? Is it just to take curtain calls and sign autographs or is there something more? Picasso asked the question, “What do you think an...
Michael Yates - The Working Class
22 Apr, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Warren Buffett, the much-admired genius investor and one of the world’s richest men said, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” And who are the losers? The working class, people who work for an hourly wage or are salaried. The ruling class has driven down wages and benefits, smashed...
L.A. Kauffman & Aneelah Afzali – The Enduring Power of Protest
15 Apr, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Are marches and demonstrations just feel good affairs? You vent some spleen then go home satisfied as if you’ve done something worthwhile and before you know it the glow wears off? Or does the power of collective action, solidarity and mass mobilizations have a deeper effect? The key to resistance is organization leading to sustained efforts. The danger of demonstrations...
Leilani Farha – The Financialization of Housing
08 Apr, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

From Seattle to Toronto, the cost of owning a home is soaring. Rents are no better. Accelerated by neoliberal economic doctrine a paradigm shift in housing has occurred in recent years. There is a growing disconnect between housing as a human right and housing as a financial vehicle for investment. We’ve come a long way from FDR’s remarkable 1944 State...
Dahr Jamail – Climate Disruption
01 Apr, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Ralph Nader points out the term climate change is a vast understatement and does not convey the gravity of what we are facing. He says, climate disruption is more accurate. Study after study, report after report make it clear that human activity is transforming our planet. With heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods, melting ice sheets and rising sea levels, millions...
Shoshana Zuboff – Surveillance Capitalism
25 Mar, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Surveillance Capitalism is a global architecture of behavior modification which poses profound threats to society. It was invented at Google, duplicated at Facebook, and has moved almost seamlessly into virtually every economic sector. Vast wealth is accumulated in an ominous new economic order where predictions of our behavior are bought and sold. Surveillance Capitalism has ominous consequences for democracy and...
Ilan Pappé - Palestine: The Pendulum is Shifting
18 Mar, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

For decades Palestine and Palestinians were associated with terror and terrorism. In political discourse and popular culture Palestinians were often typecast as blood thirsty killers. As the great Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said once ruefully observed, “Palestine is a thankless cause, one in which if you truly serve, you get nothing back but opprobrium, abuse, and ostracism. How many friends avoid...
Dana Frank – Honduras: Coups, Crises, & Caravans
04 Mar, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has one of the world's highest murder rates. More than half of its population of about ten million live in poverty and per capita income is one of the lowest in the region. Since the June 2009 coup overthrowing the government of President Manuel Zelaya the country has been...
Three half-hour audios from Ottawa events after Bolsonaro's election
28 Feb, 2019 | 1:26:15 |
EN | Greg Macdougall -EquitableEducation.ca |

Two Brazilian legal activists speak about far-right Jair Bolonsaro being elected and what it might mean (track 1), while two academics (tracks 2 and 3, respectively) give their perspective, also including looks at what fascism is in theory and a critique of the Brazilian left - but still focused on the dangers posed with Bolsonaro taking the presidency. Background info...
Sheldon Wolin - Inversion of Totalitarianism
25 Feb, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Traditional totalitarianism conjures images of jack-booted storm troopers, death camps and Stalin-like regimes. In recent years a new variety of totalitarianism has emerged departing from the norm. Noted political theorist Sheldon Wolin calls it “the inversion of totalitarianism” and that it “represents the political coming of age of corporate power and political demobilization of the citizenry. Unlike classical totalitarian systems...
David Swanson - The Abolition of War
18 Feb, 2019 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The famous words: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war no more” are attributed to Isaiah in 700 B.C. Abolition of war. An age-old dream? Idealistic? Yes. But as the planet moves closer to destruction, we must abolish war. War and...
Ralph Nader – Land of the Lawless
11 Feb, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Politicians and pundits love to go on and on about "the rule of law." The concept that no one is above the law is laudatory and central to a functioning democracy. But we can easily see the grotesque disparities in the application of law and the prosecution of those who commit crimes in the streets vs. those who commit crimes...
Malcolm X - The Ballot or the Bullet
04 Feb, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Malcolm X is singular figure in African-American history. He led an extraordinary life. He was born in an impoverished family in Omaha, NE on May 19, 1925. He recalled being “dizzy” with hunger. He said, “My whole life has been a chronology of changes.” Indeed it was. He went through a remarkable series of transformations from being a street hustler...
Nathan Schneider – Co-ops: Economic Democracy
28 Jan, 2019 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

One day, a few years ago, I was walking in San Francisco’s Mission district and looked up and saw a sign that said: “Arizmendi Bakery. Worker owned and operated.” This piqued my curiosity. I went inside to find out more. I learned that Arizmendi was the name of the priest who, in the 1950s, help launch the Mondragon cooperative in...
Steve Ellner - The Open Veins of Venezuela
21 Jan, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Historically, Venezuela has been an ATM machine for U.S. corporations. Located on the northern coast of South America with a population of 32 million, Venezuela is rich in natural resources: diamonds, bauxite, gold, iron ore, natural gas and oil, especially oil. The election of Hugo Chavez in 1998 heralded in what he called the Bolivarian Revolution. It was a challenge...
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