FEATURING ROSE AGUILAR - Protests continued strong at Cannon Ball, North Dakota over the weekend as hundreds of activists and journalists descended to join "water protectors." The fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline has escalated with recent police actions and mass arrests. There are reports that hundreds of police from 5 different states have been called in. Many have been tear-gassed, hit with rubber bullets, and tasered. But activists have also been ramping up their tactics. There were reports of a large road block that was set on fire to deter police from crossing. Follow Rose's coverage of #NoDAPL at www.facebook.com/vegandolphin. Rose Aguilar, host of Your Call, a daily public affairs show on KALW in San Francisco.
FEATURING VIDAR THORSTEINSSON - Icelanders voted on Saturday in national elections that have drawn attention internationally. A renegade political party that emerged only a few years ago calling itself the Pirate Party was expected to win big. In the end it won 14 and a half percent of seats in Parliament, a big jump from what it held before. Another relatively new party called Resurrection won just over 10%. One of Europe's smallest countries, Iceland has in recent years been the focus of admiration from the US left for its dealings with banking executives and the recession. Vidar Thorsteinsson, lecturer in the Department of Comparative Studies at Ohio State University and has been active in various social justice movements in Iceland. His essay in the recent anthology entitled Europe in Revolt is called The Iceland Myth.
FEATURING FRED PEABODY - Many of us have never heard of I.F. Stone, the great muckraking journalist who was a thorn in the side of presidents and other elected officials. But while Stone may have died in 1989, his legacy lives on - not in most of our traditional media outlets, but in the form of bold independent journalists who have dedicated their lives and careers to uncovering the lies and deceptions of those in power. Now a new documentary makes the case for why I.F. Stone's style of journalism is more important than ever. Find more about movie openings at www.allgovernmentslie.com. Fred Peabody, Journalist and filmmaker, director of All Governments Lie.
FEATURING MIGUEL TINKER SALAS - The Latin American oil economy of Venezuela is once more in crisis as right wing opposition groups staged mass street protests after President Maduro's government stymied a referendum process. Maduro, who took up the legacy of the late President Hugo Chavez and his Bolivarian revolution, faces a well-funded opposition and accusations of mismanaging the nation's economy. Maduro just announced a 40% hike in the national minimum wage, as he continues to champion poor Venezuelans. But middle and upper class Venezuelans see him as a "dictator." There are plans for a major march on November 3rd that will culminate at the Presidential palace. Western media like the New York Times have called Maduro, "authoritarian." The Times editorial board even went as far as saying, "If there is more bloodshed, Mr. Maduro will be responsible." Miguel Tinker Salas is a Professor of Latin American History and Chicano/a
FEATURING ARUN GUPTA - Remember the Bundy brothers' led takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon earlier this year? The armed right wing group laid siege to federal lands for months before they were finally arrested. On Thursday all seven people arrested including Ammon and Ryan Bundy were surprisingly acquitted of federal conspiracy and weapons charges. The timing of the acquittals couldn't have been better. It offered a sharp contrast to the on-going presence of indigenous activists in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline. That, much larger and more popular mobilization, has faced massive police opposition, arrests, and violence. My guest Arun Gupta who had covered the Bundy brothers' occupation in Oregon recently wrote in Raw Story that the "Acquittal of Bundys is proof of racial double standards — and a green light for right-wing terrorism." Arun Gupta, an investigative journalist who has written for dozens of publications including
FEATURING ANA URZÚA ALCARAZ - Just about a week left before the November 8th election, all eyes are on who will occupy the White House. But, there are innumerable down-ticket races on local ballots that are also worthy of attention. Many contend that we have no good choices for president. But change often comes from the bottom up. Today we'll turn to a grassroots activist in a slowly gentrifying city in Southern California who has decided to run for her local city council and inspired her community. Ana Urzua Alcaraz is running for Santa Ana City Council's Ward 3 in Orange County, California. She is a long-time grassroots activist working on issues of public health and gentrification. For information about Ana's candidacy, visit www.ana4citycouncil.com. Ana Urzúa Alcaraz, candidate for Santa Ana City Council's Ward 3.
FEATURING ARUN GUPTA - Remember the Bundy brothers' led takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon earlier this year? The armed right wing group laid siege to federal lands for months before they were finally arrested. On Thursday all seven people arrested including Ammon and Ryan Bundy were surprisingly acquitted of federal conspiracy and weapons charges. The timing of the acquittals couldn't have been better. It offered a sharp contrast to the on-going presence of indigenous activists in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline. That, much larger and more popular mobilization, has faced massive police opposition, arrests, and violence. My guest Arun Gupta who had covered the Bundy brothers' occupation in Oregon recently wrote in Raw Story that the "Acquittal of Bundys is proof of racial double standards — and a green light for right-wing terrorism." NOTE: Watch the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers,
FEATURING DERRICK O'KEEFE - US liberals and even progressives have a bit of a crush on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The telegenic young leader has won over hearts and minds with his socially liberal values of embracing multiculturalism and speaking in Obama-like fashion, in broad visionary terms. But behind the facade, as is the case with Obama, lies a cynical politician, at least judging by his actions. Trudeau has in recent months approved or has leaned toward approving major fossil fuel projects, earning the ire of Canadian environmental activists. Visit www.ricochet.media for more information. Derrick O'Keefe, Founding editor of Ricochet Media, writer and activist based in Vancouver, BC.
FEATURING ERIKA ALMIRON - Sixty human rights and immigrant rights organizations in the US have signed on to a letter to a United Nations panel asking the international body to shut down so-called family detention centers that house undocumented immigrants. Under President Obama, undocumented immigrants accused of the civil offense of being in the US without papers have been increasingly imprisoned in a number of centers. In many cases whole families including very young children and newborns are incarcerated. The physical and mental toll on these families, many of whom have escaped traumatic circumstances from their home countries, is severe. The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention visited the US earlier this month and in its report wrote, "Mandatory detention of migrants, especially asylum-seekers, is against international law standards." Find more at www.vamosjuntos.org. Read the open letter to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention HERE. Erika Almiron, Executive Director of Juntos,
FEATURING ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD - The upcoming US Presidential election has revealed a deep split within the electorate that has confounded many of us. Why would so many working class whites line up behind a billionaire to vote against their own interests? Author Thomas Frank asked that important question over a decade ago with his seminal book 'What's the Matter With Kansas?' Inspired by Frank's book, acclaimed sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild set out to address the political polarization of working and middle class Americans in her new book Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger And Mourning On The American Right; A Journey To The Heart of our Political Divide. Russell Hochschild left her self-described bubble of Berkeley to meet with and attempt to understand poor and conservative Americans in Louisiana. She now joins me to share what she found. Arlie Russell Hochschild, Professor Emerita in the Sociology Department at the University