Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Corporations looking to make allies on state courts are pouring millions into judicial campaigns, forcing candidates to behave more like politicians than judges.
Betty Medsger, The Nation / Vintage Books: After the seven other burglars went public, Judi Feingold decided to come forward with the secret she thought she’d take to her grave.
Ben Agger, Truthout: Dominion over nature and uneven development produce illness, both communicable and noncommunicable, while our involvement in new wars prevents us from addressing the desperate demography and ecology of poor regions that see eco-illness go viral.
Jean Franco, Histories of Violence: Drawing upon her extensive understanding and personal experience of Latin America, Jean Franco maps out the history of state violence as perpetrated against “disposable populations,” notably indigenous, onto the privatization of atrocity in more contemporary times.
Annie Hylton, Truthout: While Canadians mourn the nation’s loss of “innocence” from two attacks that occurred in Quebec and Ottawa in late October, calling them “Canada’s 9/11,” the Harper government is capitalizing on these “terrorist” threats to curtail Canadians’ civil rights.
James Trimarco and Marc J. Palm, YES! Magazine: Forget ghouls and goblins. From deregulating Wall Street to shredding environmental and labor protections – these policy monsters are way scarier.
Michael Winship, Moyers & Co.: One of the most interesting and significant elections in the country is happening not at the state or federal level but in the small city of Richmond, California, with a population of just more than 100,000. What makes Richmond such a big deal is the enormous influence of Chevron.
Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This episode looks at how public higher education is being destroyed; workers are not taking days off; labor actions; and Vermont labeling of GMO food. We also discuss municipal bonds and how profits drive capitalism. Finally, we respond to listeners’ questions on post office banks and the history of economic systems.
Fabiana Frayssinet, Inter Press Service: An unconventional fossil fuel boom is forcing the town of Añelo, Argentina, to basically start over, from scratch. The wave of outsiders drawn by the shale fuel fever has pushed the town to its limits, while the plan to turn it into a “sustainable city of the future” is still only on paper.
Lindsey Konkel, Environmental Health News: The South’s country ham industry is undergoing a transformation. Often served with grits and gravy, country ham has become increasingly popular. The fate of the Southern delicacy, however, lies not on the fickle tongues of foodies, but with environmental regulators and an international treaty.
Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: Republican operative Grover Norquist used to quip about shrinking government to the point where it would get small enough to drown in the bathtub. You probably thought he was kidding, but his joke could be on us all soon enough.
PR Advocate for Fracking Urges a Dirty War Against Environmentalists
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Fear has become the go-to emotion to manipulate the population of the United States, particularly in a post-9/11 world.
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