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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/MexicoGuns.mp3In the American war on drugs, the Mexican drug cartels work hand in glove with the  federal, state, and local police. Most of the guns used in the tens of thousands of killings in recent years come from (guess where)

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/TrumpRussia_NetNeut.mp3Imagine being an intelligence professional. At great personal risk, you gather information crucial to America’s security. Then you have to share that information with the president. How would you feel when he blithely give those secrets to the Russians, of

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/Sjursen5_17.mp3Who better than a military person to talk about the dangers of what he sees as a worship of all things military? Major Danny Sjursen commanded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and here talks about his deep concern about military,

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/Yemen_Saudi5_11_17.mp3What can winning look like if the nation is decimated in the process? Sara Tesorieri speaks to us from Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, where she is working with the Norwegian Refugee Council to provide desperately needed humanitarian aid. The

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/Frenchelection5_17.mp3How much did the election of Trump turn French voters away from the right wing populist Marine LePen in the May 7th election? To what degree is her party, the National Front, still racist? What is the danger of normalizing

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/CapGains_WarCrimes.mp3Tax breaks for capital gains are a form of class privilege. So says history of US capitalism professor Julia Ott. It’s better public relations for Southern senators than outright Jim Crow, but taxing capital gains less than ordinary income was

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/ImmigrantRealities.mp3Imagine your very existence being seen as proof of guilt. The blatantly racist anti-immigrant policies Trump is known for did not originate with him. In fact, as our guest Avi Chomsky, professor of history and coordinator of Latin American, Latino,

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/ALECetc.mp3We all focus on the top, the presidency and then congress. But more than you may think is at stake at the state level. Top corporations are focused where they can accomplish a lot for themselves relatively cheaply. A little

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/NorthKoreaPatrick.mp3Behind the simple image of two madmen facing off with nuclear weapons, there’s a lot more to the North Korea story we don’t know. For example, who knew that more bombs were dropped there in the early 50s than in

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/FDRWoolner4Freedoms17.mp3Franklin Roosevelt understood that to be successful at defeating foreign threats, reliance on military power alone was insufficient. In this discussion from 2012 with David Woolner, Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute looks beyond the presidential candidates of the day

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1% vs. 99%EconomyPodcastProtests & ResistanceTaxesTrump

http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/TaxDay2017.mp3As Oliver Wendell Holmes observed, “Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.” But today’s greed-driven super-rich are determined to destroy America’s traditional valuing of the common good. If regular people hate taxes, then the top one tenth of one

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/Syria4_17.mp3On the one hand, somebody had to do something. Using Sarin gas to kill babies must not go unchallenged. On the other hand, what did the Tomahawk missile attack accomplish? What about the thousands of innocents already killed by all

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/McCoyPopism_BCWWI.mp3The Democratic nominee was the very antithesis of populism; with her hand out to big money interests seeming to ignore everyday people. So we got Trump. In an article written by internationally recognized historian Alfred McCoy has written about The

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/TangMLK4_4_67.mp3It was the beginning of a 50 year split among liberals. Those in power, President Johnson in particular, wanted to relegate Dr. Martin Luther King to his safe civil rights leader role. But boldly, Dr. King spoke out against imperialism

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It’s 2017 and no one would dispute that Germany is indeed “Europe’s pre-emininent power.” But on April 6, one hundred years ago America declared war for the explicit purpose of preventing this, though no one was really sure what the

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/DirectActionKauffman.mp3Direct action is successful when it creates a crisis for those in power. It baffles the powers that be because it is truly democratic, merely a movement of movements. So says L.A. Kauffman, organizer of many direct action events, and

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/Bookstore_GorsuchCohn.mp3The right wing depends for its power on people not reading. Books have always been subversive. They lead to critical thinking. On the first part of this show, Ken Gloss,  proprietor of the internationally renowned Brattle Book Shop talks about

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/BlackBlocWeather.mp3Violence at anti-Trump protests is a gift to the powers being protested. Just as the Weathermen in the late sixties were greatly appreciated by Nixon, so too the Bannon/Trump Right loves to label protestors as violent thugs. A veteran of

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/IntelDisobedience.mp3“Just following orders” is no defense. In a democracy we assume that individuals in society will take personal responsibility and disobey immoral commands. But as many experiments have shown, people rarely question orders from authorities. Our guest on this show

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/LowerEd.mp3At for-profit universities, they’re not admission offices, they’re sales forces. It’s no accident that today for-profit colleges and universities are proliferating. They exist to turn a profit for investors, and that means maintaining a class of low income people. Instead

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/Buckley.mp3“Voting third party helps those you despise.” So argues Raymond Buckley, who recently ran for chair of the Democratic National Committee. The fact that the race was high in the news demonstrates the beginning success for necessary changes in the

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/HouseofTruth.mp3Liberals were shocked by the outcome of the 2016 election. As they were in 1920 when Republicans put up Warren Harding, a big business Republican who campaigned and won on an America First message, stoking the public’s fear of immigrants

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/HondurasBerta3_17.mp3Asleep in her home the night of March 2, 2016, Berta Caceres was murdered. The military police of Honduras are suspected. But the government failed to stop her work: there are many more Berta Carcereses today. A government getting much

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/VanBuren_TurseTruth.mp3Telling the truth to power shouldn’t take courage, but it certainly does. On part one, Peter VanBuren, whistle-blower and author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, describes

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/SjursenWars.mp3Imagine being a proud part of the military for decades, serving as strategist and then it lands on you: our policy is a failure. Major Danny Sjursen in his inaugural Tom Dispatch post writes from a unique perspective on what

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/CarbonTaxGOP.mp3Never motivated by serving the common good, powerful old-school Republican leaders such as James Baker, George Schultz, and Henry Paulson have put forward a proposal for a carbon emissions tax to fight climate change. You ask: why would they do

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/1774.mp3We’re all familiar with 1776. But before the actual separation from England, there was revolution across the land. The spirit of 1774 was focused on class-blind democracy and a lot of what happened then, with powerful actions from the grassroots

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/Churchwell.mp3” They didn’t call it fascism. They painted it red, white, and blue, and called it Americanism.” That’s from a 1942 movie with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy called Keeper of the Flame, which imagines a full fledged homegrown American

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Most of us believe what we were taught in elementary school: that enslaved blacks were freed by the Civil War. The truth is far grimmer. In this gripping discussion (recorded during Obama’s term) Douglas Blackmon, author of Slavery by Another

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http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/DoddFrankTrump.mp3Do they really intend to destroy the economy and serve the short-term greed of billionaires, or do they just mouth simplistic phrases and really not know what they are doing? We deon’;t really know. The Bannon/Trump Administration is taking aim

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