Bill Ayers, Truthout: In this interview, author and activist Bill Ayers speaks with Truthout’s editor-in-chief Maya Schenwar about her new book, the universal impact of mass incarceration, and how we can create a society that doesn’t use prison to “solve” its problems.
Ben Ptashnik, Truthout: With the spotlight on mass protests and celebrities gone, water shutoffs in Detroit have resumed, targeting the “most vulnerable and poorest” of the city’s population, according to UN observers who have called them “contrary to human rights.”
C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: Five years after the 2008 financial crash reached Europe, its crisis is actually spreading, affecting more and more EU member states and giving rise to growing popular discontent about the European integration process with far-reaching and unforeseen consequences.
Andrea Flynn, Kameel Mir and Kathleen Wilson, Next New Deal: In Georgia, the US Senate candidates’ most interesting records on equal pay are in business, and they’re worth close attention. Early observers pegged the Georgia midterm race as one to watch, and they’ve been spot on so far.
Sharon Adams, Truthout: Despite claims of outrage, the press really doesn’t care about the FBI’s infringement of the Associated Press trademark to run a fake news story that the FBI used to ensnare a youth in a sting operation.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Investigative journalist Greg Palast details how new voter ID laws risk disenfranchising millions, especially black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters. Twenty-seven states are now participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program.
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: SEC commissioner Kara Stein has been using her post as a surprisingly effective bully pulpit to pressure the agency and other regulators into upping their game. It’s unusual for an SEC commissioner to play that role.
Nina Martin, ProPublica: North Dakota voters will decide the fate of a proposed amendment to the state constitution that has provoked excitement and fear among the combatants in the country’s never-ending abortion wars. Money and strategists are shaping a nationally watched campaign amid talk of in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care.
Lisa Dawson, Solitary Watch: The Arizona Department of Corrections has agreed to a settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Prison Law Office and their co-counsel on behalf of more than 33,000 people held in state prisons.
Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report: This week, the nations of the world – with two savage exceptions – instructed their emissaries at the UN General Assembly to tell the world’s self-designated “indispensable” country to end its 54-year-long trade embargo against Cuba.
In today’s On the News segment: According to a new study, about 2 million barrels of oil are still trapped on the ocean floor after the 2010 BP disaster; Pope Francis says that evolution does not conflict with the story of creation; protesters are fighting to stop a Texas-based energy corporation from turning Seneca Lake in New York into a natural gas storage station; and more.
Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: The hosts will interview journalists, scholars, politicians and activists around the country about important ballot initiatives and key local and state races. This Democracy Now! special program will also report election results live as polls close, starting at 7 pm EST.