Penn State student holds candle in memory of  victims of Paris attacks during vigil (Photo by Cameron Hart)
22 Nov 2015

Podcast: After Paris Attacks, Islamophobia About as Awful as After 9/11

In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, numerous American Muslims or U.S. citizens, who have brown skin, live in fear of what might happen if they go out in public. There have been several reported hate crimes. One mosque was vandalized by a ripped up Quran covered in feces.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and DOC Commissioner Joe Ponte present plan for violence at Rikers (Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office)
15 Nov 2015

Podcast: Rikers Island Reforms Solitary Confinement with Pre-Crime and New Isolation Units

There has been a push by activists, advocacy organizations, and concerned citizens in New York to reform solitary confinement. Yet, at Rikers Island prison, the city recently adopted a “rehabilitative” reform, which developed a new system of solitary confinement for inmates in order to accomplish solitary confinement reforms. Independent journalist Raven

Afghanistan sunset | Photo by U.S. Army and in public domain
18 Oct 2015

Podcast: Intercept Reporter Ryan Devereaux on ‘The Drone Papers’ & Afghanistan War

A whistleblower within the United States intelligence community provided secret military documents to The Intercept, which reveal key details about worldwide assassination operations, including drone strikes. “The Drone Papers,” published by The Intercept on October 15, showed how the U.S. military has designated unidentified men as “Enemies Killed in Action”

Wesleyan University, where Black Lives Matter students and supporters have pushed to shut down school's newspaper. (Photo by Joe Mabel)
27 Sep 2015

Podcast: University, Inc. & the Policing of Speech on American Campuses

American colleges and universities are increasingly corporatized. Within the pernicious corporate culture of campuses exists a kind of campus politics, where student activists police expression and activities in order to create “safe spaces” or protect particular marginalized groups from trauma. While critics of student activists often argue these students are

On Day 34, Fight for Dyett announces an end to their hunger strike (Photo by Bob Simpson)
20 Sep 2015

Podcast: As Hunger Strike Ends, Parent Shares How Fight for Dyett Means Everything to Her

The Fight for Dyett, a grassroots campaign to revitalize and save Walter H. Dyett High School on the south side of Chicago, ended a 34-day hunger strike on September 19. At least twelve people had participated in the hunger strike in order to save the public school from being closed down and privatized.

"Zero Dark Thirty" / Paramount Press Kit
13 Sep 2015

Podcast: The Unprecedented Collaboration Between CIA & ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Filmmakers

New documents containing details on the inspector general investigation into collaboration between the CIA and “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers show ethics violations and potential federal crimes by former CIA director Leon Panetta and other CIA officers were uncovered. These were referred to the Justice Department for prosecution, but the department

Palestinian refugee (Photo from UNRWA press release)
30 Aug 2015

Podcast: Under Siege, Palestinian Refugees Endure Typhoid, Famine & ISIS-Inspired Assassinations

The population of the Palestinian refugee camp in Yarmouk, on the southern outskirts of Damascus, was once around 200,000 people. A brutal siege by the Syrian regime and an occupation by fighters from the al Qaida arm in Syria and the Islamic State dramatically reduced that number to 18,000 in March. Now, it is somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 people, according to journalist Patrick Strickland.

May 31 rally in Phoenix outside city's Islamic Center / Screen shot via video by Dennis Gilman
23 Aug 2015

Podcast: Growing Anti-Muslim Racism & Hysteria in the United States

The United States has experienced a spike in anti-Muslim racism and threatened violence against American Muslims in the past months. Much of the escalation has taken place in the aftermath of a shooting in Garland, Texas, at a Prophet Muhammad drawing contest.

Chicago Police Officer
16 Aug 2015

Podcast: Chicago Organizer Shares Outrage Over Stop And Frisk Deal

The ACLU of Illinois announced a “landmark” agreement with the Chicago Police Department and City of Chicago over stop and frisks earlier this month. However, soon after, there were multiple activist groups, which were upset with the ACLU because they believed the settlement undermined their efforts. In particular, local groups

Black Lives Matter activists take stage / Screen shot from video by Soaring Moments
09 Aug 2015

Podcast: Bernie Sanders, Black Lives Matter & Problem of Identity Politics

  Two Black Lives Matter activists interrupted a Saturday afternoon rally in Seattle, where Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, was scheduled to speak. It was a rally held to celebrate the anniversary of Social Security and the need to expand social welfare programs. The activists took the stage and