Mike Ludwig, Truthout: After a January court ruling on net neutrality that raised fears about radical changes to the internet, the Federal Communications Commission is floating new rules that are being attacked as insufficient.
Dr. Brian Moench, Truthout: While autism rates in Europe have remained virtually flat for the last decade, the US has seen them rise from 1 in 10,000 in 1981 to 1 in 68 in 2014. Many studies point to the prevalence of toxins in our environment as the culprit.
Ellen Brown, Web of Debt: Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates. Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel?
David L. Wilson, Truthout: Let’s finally get globalization to work for people and begin – perhaps with anti-sweatshop campaigns – to organize for a global minimum wage.
Danny Katch, Truthout: The successful February fight at a UPS site in Queens by Teamsters Local 807 shows that worker solidarity and innovative online tactics to win public support can be used to enhance the oldest strategy in the union playbook: shutting down production.
Ellen Dannin, Truthout: ALEC affiliate Pioneer Institute is targeting both Massachusetts Sen. Marc Pacheco and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. They must be doing something right.
Paul Buhle and Milton Knight, Truthout: C.L.R. James in Imperial Britain opens up the issue of the Third World struggle in an elegant and memorable way.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Study after study proves poverty has a very long list of negative effects. Thom Hartmann argues that a guaranteed minimum income works and would eliminate poverty in the United States.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: As more people awaken to the reality of the depth of corruption in our government and economy, and the mirage of US democracy, the movement will grow and the demands will get stronger.
Amy B. Dean, Yes! Magazine: Across the country, teachers’ unions are fighting back against corporate reform by working to educate children holistically. This means taking into account all the factors that influence students’ chances for success: families, homes, communities and often the effects of poverty.
Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch: Peter Van Buren took an unlikely fall into the minimum-wage world when he lost his job in 2012. He gives us a first-hand look at what it’s like to subsist in poverty-wage America.
Joseph M. Schwartz, Dissent: Only mass mobilization by working and poor people can prevent further cuts to the social safety net and win the type of reforms that would keep many more out of poverty. That will involve legitimizing the word “socialism” in US politics.
Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on public power in Nebraska; Earth Day; Coca-Cola’s misleading advertisement; and closing hospitals. Richard Wolff interviews musician and music professor John Halle about culture and the economic crisis. Responses to listener questions on B-corporations and on a Wall Street sales tax.
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