Try as we might, we can't hide from climate change. And now, thanks to a legally binding UN resolution, the US can't hide from its own heaps of trash. Next up, media literacy is a vital skill set – indeed, it shapes how we see every other issue. And now, there may be a way to build media literacy and hold journalists accountable by taking a page from Yelp and Rotten Tomatoes.
Last week, tens of thousands took part in the teacher's strike in Oregon. Their list of demands throw into sharp focus not only our nation's failures inside the classroom, but throughout society. Next, a Rhode Island school district has decided to publicly shame children as a kind of twisted lunch money stickup.
PLUS Robbie Leppzer sits down to discuss his latest film, Power Struggle, which chronicles the decades-long grassroots fight against the nuclear power industry in Vermont, and why all Americans need to educate themselves on this issue.
Human rights violations are rife in Alabama prisons – meanwhile, the Alabama Department of Corrections continues to overcrowd these torture centers while blaming mistreatment on staff shortages.
Next up, we are effectively laminating our planet in plastic. And while the public recognition of plastic's evil and long life is growing, there are several aspects of this industry we don't talk about – and we really need to.
Venezuela is under attack. As US empire applies various violent tactics to destabilize the nation, a group of activists stand in the way of the war machine by holding space at the Venezuelan embassy.
Next, Netfa Freeman discuss pan-african issues and the neo-colonialist scramble for Africa also known as AFRICOM.
When fighting for human rights is a crime, we should all become outlaws.
Sixteen activists fighting the overt rise of fascism find themselves in the crosshairs of our “justice system.” We take a look at the detention of migrant children, the celebration of white supremacist imperialism and how folks are standing up for justice.
Next up, there is precious little ancient forest left in this world – and a patch in Northern California is quite literally on the chop block. We sit down with a forest protector for a look into the grotesque world of logging and destroying in the Mattole watershed.
A special episode that takes a look at how US empire operates in two of its latest and long standing efforts to terrorize and oppress foreign peoples, trample self-determination, and whitewash hearts and minds here at home.
Recently returned from trips to Venezuela and Iran, Kevin Zeese and Dr. Margaret Flowers sit down with me to discuss what US imperialism looks like from the front lines, and how the people the US targets are not only wise to these tactics, but they have no intention of submitting.
Breaking up from the abusive relationship with oil and gas is no easy task – but several communities in Louisiana have started divorce proceedings.
Meanwhile, lawmakers push to keep the abuser at home while the state quite literally disappears into the blue, oil-slicked abyss.
Finally, two community organizers join us to talk about their current fight against a dirty energy project so horrific not even the Nazis wanted anything to do with it!
Who gets water and what does it cost? Should it even cost anything?
A new report looks at what restricts access to water and the only real solution to address it.
PLUS, as floods continue to pound huge swaths of the US, here's another reason to fear the storm surge (hint: snakes!)
Pia Eberhardt wants you to know about the Energy Charter Treaty, a trade agreement that encompasses almost 25% of the world's countries and is on the hunt for more.
Rob from the poor to give to our wars. We take a dive into the grotesque sludge that is Trump's proposed budget - and why we should really care regardless of whether it passes Congress or not. Next up, Mnar Muhawesh with Mint Press News introduces us to NewsGuard, the new Big Brother that's here to tell you what to believe via a neo-con backed news ranking system. Hint: they wouldn't like our show.
The war machine marches on towards toppling the democratically elected President Maduro of Venezuela. Meanwhile, the US empire isn't acting alone. Colombia is throwing in its lot with Uncle Sam to the continued detriment of both Venezuelans and Colombians.
Nelly Velandia and Luisa Fernanda Gonzalez of Cumbre Nacional de Mujeres y Paz join us along with Gimena Sanchez of WOLA to discuss the ongoing human rights violations in Colombia. Focusing on war crimes against women, they explain the situation on the ground and the direct connections between their government, the United States and corporate malfeasance.
Dissent – protest, direct action, civil disobedience – these are the manifestations of our power. And they are the only things that the ruling elite truly fear. Which is why we're seeing a wave of legislation being introduced to try and crackdown on that power – to strangle our ability to affect change. Here's the scoop and how we should respond. Next, industrial hemp is now federally legal – but what does that actually mean? What's included in that? And how does this affect conflicting state or local laws? Ministry of Hemp editor-in-chief Kit O'Connell joins us to lay it all out.
As the world rightfully demands no sanctions, no coup and no war on Venezuela, another crime scene rife with US fingerprints demands our attention. Kevin Pina joins us to talk about the ongoing crisis in Haiti, the history and present of US involvement and the larger context we must grasp if we are ever to loosen this imperialist stranglehold. In short, colonialism didn’t die - it just put on a suit and tie.
First off, some GOOD NEWS! From the environmental justice front lines and the streets of Queens, here's some inspiration to fuel your activism.
Next, could it be true that the House introduced progressive legislation to address our painfully corrupted electoral system? Well, kinda. Here's a look at HR1 and why we need to look beyond the veil of sweet-sounding reforms.
Next up, a similar problem with the recently passed War Powers resolution that aims to cut our support of the genocide in Yemen.
Then, it's Medicare for All, not Medicare for Some – a look at how the establishment wants to dodge universal healthcare and why.
Finally, Remote Area Medical shows us what “healthcare” looks like for the most marginalized by doing what our healthcare system doesn't: offering medical care for free.
Imagine a fracked gas pipeline going straight through New York Harbor. An image that neither the pipeline company nor the federal regulatory agency seem to have a problem with – despite their own admission that it would contribute to climate change. We sit down with the folks driving the resistance to this project on the front lines – and wrap with some spoken word inspiration for the fight.
Here's what happens when you fine big polluters – plus a look at how intertwined law enforcement and pipeline companies are (hint: it's not you they're protecting and serving.)
Next up, should we stay or should we go? Why corporate media is getting so nostalgic for perpetual war in the Middle East.
And finally, Senate Bill 1, anti-Zionism, antisemitism – clearing the fog with Nora Barrows-Friedman.
A special look at the situation in Venezuela from outside the corporate media; here's the scoop you NEED to hear, the empire's ills laid bare, and how we must activate to take on the violent bi-partisan machine that profits off of the suffering of millions. Indeed, we have more in common with the people of Venezuela than we do with our government. And it is this solidarity we must recognize in order to shift our horrific foreign policy.
Special thanks to Dan Beeton at the Center for Economic and Policy Research for sharing these articles.
How the lie of a struggling school district drove LA teachers to strike – and the larger fight for public school funding vs. charter school elitism that these actions highlight.
Next, in the forests of British Columbia, sovereign indigenous clans continue a decade-long shutdown of dirty energy projects.
And finally, Chris Garaffa joins us to talk tech – suggestion: leave your phone in the other room – it won't want to hear this.
You can't call yourself a public hospital if you can only serve the public by price-gouging another segment of the public. We take a look at why hospitals are closing and why even well-meaning reforms can't take hold in a privatized, for-profit system.
There's land (and our kids' futures) for sale! You just gotta be willing to destroy it for the sake of a measly profit margin that pushes us further into climate chaos.
Rory Varrato joins us to talk about Extinction Rebellion NYC: upcoming events, the power of a decentralized, collaborative structure and what we should expect from ourselves as we move further into the age of climate change.
Here's what climate refugees need to make it through a disaster. How would you fare? Next up, how the government shutdown targets survivors of domestic and sexual violence – plus the age-old story of colonial oppression gets a reboot via an outgoing Representative's bill block. Finally, Elizabeth Vega joins us to talk about the Tornillo occupation – and how to address the rise of imprisoned migrant children and families.
From the front lines of our issues - from indigenous rights to the prison industrial complex - from the Black Panthers to tree-sitters in Appalachia - from hacking human psychology to growing industrial hemp, this has been a year of Acting Out!
The climate summit COP24 has just recently ended. Here's a recap of the stranger than fiction realities that framed and dictated this supposed meeting for humanity's future. Next, a look at what makes the necessary change we need and finally, a pedestrian inspiration for the fight.
A special episode all about the most militarized land in the world – one that you may not even have ever heard of. Yet despite the seemingly global indifference, this place, and these people are calling out for recognition. For basic human rights, for an end to a violent and brutal occupation. It's well past time that we listen.
Policing is a public health issue. Some recent victories combined with ongoing grassroots organizing outline the importance of addressing state-sponsored violence as a health hazard that has distinct causes and therefore, distinct solutions. Next, Extinction Rebellion wants to save humanity. Here's how they're going about it. You in?
Our addiction to militarism has to end. From millions-strong protests in Yemen to carte blanche for military force at the border, our violent empire has no dimmer switch – and no self restraint. Next up, the impossible always seems so till you invoke - Planck's constant? This and other news of “impossible change.” Finally, Margaret Flowers from Popular Resistance and Trade for People and Planet sits down with us to discuss the USMCA – what you might know as NAFTA.
Thousands of refugees are seeking asylum from both our foreign policy and climate change. How will we greet them? And how does this moment offer an opportunity for powerful solidarity and paradigm-shifting growth?
Next up, Reverend Edward Pinkney is on a corporate most-wanted list – because he demanded, and still demands human rights and justice for his community.