Post-Election Violence in Honduras Driven By US-Trained Forces

FEATURING JOSE ARTIGA - Violence in Honduras continues months after a contentious election result handed victory to incumbent Juan Orlando Hernández over challenger Salvador Nasralla. Reports have been emerging of US-trained Special Forces called "Tigres," conducting night-time raids on the homes of protesters and arresting them. Hondurans are incensed about what they view as election theft as all early indications showed a win for Nasralla. Now, a US delegation of faith leaders has just returned from a trip to the Central American nation. For more information visit Jose Artiga, Executive Director of SHARE El Salvador, member of the recent Faith delegation from US to Honduras.

Mumia Abu Jamal on the Parkland Massacre

FEATURING MUMIA ABU JAMAL - Today we'll play you his latest commentary about the Parkland mass shooting. Find out more at Mumia Abu Jamal is a political prisoner and award winning journalist who regularly files commentaries from inside prison walls about contemporary political issues.

Privacy Rights Activist Challenges Pelosi Reelection

FEATURING SHAHID BUTTAR - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi became the only woman to ever be House Speaker, and hopes after this year's mid-term elections to retake that position. The House minority leader who represents California's very liberal leaning 12th district is now facing another hurdle on her way to retaking the house - a grassroots challenger in the June primary. My guest Shahid Buttar, has been a long-time critic of Pelosi who he has accused of enabling continued violations of privacy and civil rights particularly during the past year. As Democrats attempt to take on Republicans in the November elections, how will they fare against progressives running to their left earlier in the year? For more information visit Shahid Buttar, Candidate in primary election for California's 12th Congressional District, former Director of Grassroots Advocacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and before that the Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense

After Parkland, Students Revolt Against Gun Violence

FEATURING CHRISSY WATSON AND PHILIP GERMAIN - It's been more than a week since a 19-year old gunman massacred 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida with an assault rifle. While most of us expected this would be a school shooting like any other where politicians offer their thoughts and prayers and then turn back to using the campaign cash and talking points of the NRA, this time around, the reaction has been different. Survivors of the Parkland shooting have refused to remain silent and students and parents have launched organizations, led walkouts, confronted lawmakers at town hall meetings, and challenged President Trump and the Republican Party on their allegiance to the NRA over the lives of ordinary people. Trump held a "listening session" with students and parents earlier in the week. His solution to solving the problem of gun violence on campuses is to arm teachers for

How Racial Discrimination in Home Loans Persists

FEATURING AARON GLANTZ - The practice of redlining has been considered a historic one, symptomatic of our nation's racist past. It refers to how the Home Owner's Loan Corporation in the 1930s drew lines around neighborhoods that were racially mixed or consisted of a majority of people of color, to systematically deny home loans. The practice became widespread and fostered residential segregation within cities while undermining home ownership among families of color. Now, decades after the practice of redlining was banned by the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, racial discrimination in housing loans persists as per a new report by journalists at the Center for Investigative Reporting. The report is based on analysis of publicly available data made available by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act and includes a case study of the city of Philadelphia. Read the report, 'For people of color, banks are shutting the door to homeownership

Making Sense of the Latest Mueller Actions

FEATURING KEVIN GOSZTOLA - Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been tasked with unearthing wrongdoing in the 2016 election on Monday announced new charges against an attorney named Alex van der Zwaan. The attorney had worked for a law firm called Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, or Skadden for short. The charges against van der Zwaan involve false statements about correspondence with Rick Gates, a former colleague of Donald Trump's one-time campaign manager Paul Manafort. This new charge comes days after Mueller's team named a group of 13 Russian nationals charged with interfering in the US's election. President Trump, who Mueller is reportedly preparing to directly question, spent the weekend hate-tweeting up a storm over the charges against Russians. Trump repeated his favorite refrain of "no collusion," and alternated between targeting former President Obama, and Congressman Adam Schiff. Follow Kevin on Twitter @kgosztola. Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of

Why Black Panther Is Making Movie History

FEATURING STEPHANIE ABRAHAM - The latest Disney-Marvel superhero blockbuster has all the hallmarks of recent such films: breath taking scenery, exciting car chase scenes, well-timed humor, and perfectly sculpted actors in spandex. But the film Black Panther, featuring an ensemble cast of actors from Forest Whittaker to Lupita N'yongo, is unlike anything that Hollywood has ever produced: a nearly all-black cast, a black director, a storyline that covers pan-African politics from the African Continent to urban America, tons of screen-time for powerful female characters, and, a superhero leader unlike any other. The twitter #WakandaForever, referencing the fictional African nation of Wakanda where most of the film is set, offers a glimpse of the hunger there is not just in Black America, but the nation as a whole for stories that are centered around characters that are not white men. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler whose credits include Fruitvale

US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty

FEATURING LANCE SELFA - The Democratic Party has been enjoying minority status in Congress for some years now but the mid-term elections could change all that. Unfortunately rather than take the temperature of how ordinary Americans are feeling and what they are thinking in the era of Donald Trump and Republican domination, Democrats are relying more on redistricting victories, voter registration, and anti-GOP fear mongering. What they miss is how angry Americans are at both parties, and how there is a resurgence of questioning among young people in particular about capitalism, the two-party system and more. Now a new anthology aims to challenge the status quo with a collection of essays by socialist writers called US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality. Lance Selfa, author of The Democrats: A Critical History, and on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review, and editor of the

Congress Fails to Protect Dreamers as Deadline Looms

FEATURING ARUN GUPTA - Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided several Los Angeles area businesses over a 5-day period in mid-February that resulted in 212 arrests. The raids are part of a significant ramping up of immigration enforcement under President Donald Trump and came at the same time as the US Senate on Thursday took up and rejected four separate proposals on immigration. At the heart of the immigration debate is the fate of "Dreamers," or undocumented youth who were eligible for the Obama-era plan called DACA. Trump canceled the program that enabled them to defer deportation and work or study in the US. Lawmakers have until March 5th to fix the mess that Trump created, which is the deadline that DACA finally expires. Trump has put forward his own plan for immigration reform that offers some measure of protection for Dreamers at the expense of massively increased enforcement and major

Chinese Dissident Artist’s New Film Exposes Refugee Crisis

FEATURING AI WEIWEI - The famed dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has taken on the most urgent humanitarian issues of our time: the global refugee crisis. In a new documentary called Human Flow, Ai Weiwei explores the human cost of war, violence, and climate change that has made refugees of 65 million people. Traveling with his camera crew to 23 countries over the course of a year, Ai Weiwei captured in intimate moments, the desperation that has driven refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea, Palestine, and Myanmar to risk their lives escaping violence. The film is sweeping and vast, with drone-camera shots showcasing in aerial shots the vast extent of the crisis. But it is also personal as we see a father cry over the loss of his entire family on a boat, two brothers tearfully promise to follow one another across continents, a grandmother complain about the labyrinth of