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Looking back historically, moments of social upheaval, especially when the moment is one of throwing off a persecuting power, seem to be taken by both the populace and the higher-ups as an opportunity for violence and destruction. But then again, it's kind of a chicken-or-the-egg thing – the violence already in the system, but unacknowledged by its nutritional content label, is as likely to be a contributing cause to the upheaval's violence as the nature of an upheaval itself.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen pours himself a big bowl of cereal and reads all about different types of milk, the half a century of anti-colonial resistance in Vietnam, the violence within social upheaval, the complications of Rich White Christian Men, and the promise of universal rights for everybody else at the table.

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9:10 - Sociologist Lori Leonard examines the collapse of a corporate pipeline project in Chad.

Lori is author of the new book Life in the Time of Oil: A Pipeline and Poverty in Chad from Indiana University Press.

 

10:05 - Journalist Alison Flowers explores the uncertain life beyond bars faced by exonerated prisoners.

Alison wrote Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity, available now from Haymarket Books.

 

11:00 - Anuradha Mittal exposes a Western corporate takeover plan aimed at agriculture across Africa.

The Oakland Institute released the report The Unholy Alliance: Five Western Donors Shape a Pro-Corporate Agenda for African Agriculture.

 

11:35 - Investigative journalist Greg Palast presents your guide to not being able to vote in the year 2016.

Earlier this week Greg posted the article How California is being stolen from Sanders right now.

 

12:05 - Social historian Eva Swindel makes the case for reclaiming time, not money, from the demands of capitalism.

Eva is author of the Monthly Review article Radical Leisure.

 

12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen tries to talk us out of shooting our hostage before we have the ransom.

Is the Bernie the hostage or the ransom in this scenario?

 

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Life in the Time of Oil: A Pipeline and Poverty in Chad - Lori Leonard [Indiana University Press]

Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity - Alison Flowers [Haymarket Books]

The Unholy Alliance: Five Western Donors Shape a Pro-Corporate Agenda for African Agriculture - Oakland Institute

How California is being stolen from Sanders right now - Greg Palast

Radical Leisure - Eva Swidler [Monthly Review]

Episode 903

Cross Purposes

Jun 4 2016
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On This Day in Rotten History...

On this day in 1913 – (103 years ago) — at the prestigious Epsom Derby horse race in Great Britain, a women’s suffrage activist named Emily Davison ran out onto the track just as the lead horses were coming around a bend. Spectators noticed that she was holding a long piece of cloth, believed to be a banner bearing the slogan “VOTES FOR WOMEN.” Davison stood quietly as several horses passed — and then stepped directly into the path of a horse owned by King George V. She raised her arms in an apparent attempt to disrupt the race and capture media attention for the cause of women’s suffrage. But the fast-moving horse hit Davison, knocking both her and the jockey to the ground. The horse and the jockey recovered, but Davison died four days later of a broken skull and internal injuries. Another fifteen years would pass before British women were allowed to vote.

On this day in 1974 – (42 years ago) — in Cleveland, a special event called “Ten Cent Beer Night” drew some twenty-five thousand fans to a baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers. An estimated sixty thousand cups of beer were sold, and by the sixth inning, with the Rangers leading 5–3, the drunken crowd was a security nightmare. Hot dogs, bottles, chairs, and firecrackers came raining out of the stands. Dozens of spectators, some of them naked, ran onto the field before being subdued. One woman tackled an umpire and tried to kiss him. A father and son entered the outfield and pulled down their pants to moon the crowd. But in the seventh inning, after Cleveland scored two runs to tie the game, the jovial, drunken mood turned ugly when two Cleveland fans threw a punch at a Rangers outfielder, and the outfielder punched back. It triggered an all-out riot as thousands of people poured onto the field — including players from both teams, armed with baseball bats. The bloody chaos went on for twenty minutes before umpires pulled the plug, and Cleveland was forced to forfeit the game.

On this day in 1989 – (27 years ago) — the Chinese political leadership decided it had finally had enough of the massive pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, where for several weeks, thousands of students and other nonviolent protesters had been occupying the public space, demanding major government reforms and... read more

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9:10 - Writer Chris Lehmann explores the long business partnership between Christianity and capitalism.

Chris is author of the new book The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream from Melville House.

 

10:05 - David Skalinder says goodbye to the cultural quirks and social geography of London after 12 years.

David will be moving somewhere with just as distinctive an accent, he'll reveal that on his segment.

 

10:35 - Journalist Elizabeth Grossman reports on the underreported health costs of meat processing work.

Elizabeth wrote the In These Times story New Study Reveals Just How Brutal Meat and Poultry Work Is for Workers.

 

11:05 - Public interest advocate Wenonah Hauter traces the causes and consequences of America's fracking boom.

Wenonah is author of Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment from The New Press.

 

12:05 - Public policy researcher Kathleen Geier deflates Hillary Clinton's newfound economic populism.

Kathleen is one of the contributors to the collection False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton from Verso Books.

 

12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen mulls over humanity's long-range goals.

Jeff got his subject to me a day early this week, so he's already up on planning for the future.

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Here is what Chuck is reading to prepare for Saturday's show:

The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream - Chris Lehmann [Melville House]

New Study Reveals Just How Brutal Meat and Poultry Work Is for Workers - Elizabeth Grossman [In These Times]

Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment - Wenonah Hauter [The New Press]

False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton - Kathleen Geier [Verso Books]

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On this day in 1830 – (186 years ago) — US President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, authorizing the forced relocation of Native Americans from the southeastern United States. Spurred in part by white settlers’ desire for farmland, it reversed a US government policy, advocated by Presidents Washington and Jefferson, of respecting Native Americans’ land rights and encouraging their assimilation into white European-based culture. Jackson, for his part, opposed the idea of treating Indian tribes as sovereign nations with whom treaties could be negotiated. The forced expulsion, which came to be known as the Trail of Tears, involved moving tens of thousands of Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Seminole, and Muscogee people hundreds of miles from their ancestral homelands to areas west of the Mississippi River. Some tribes, such as the Seminoles, responded with armed resistance in battles with federal troops that claimed thousands of lives. Later, the series of forced journeys to the West under rugged and difficult conditions would prove deadly to many more thousands of Native American people.

On this day in 1934 – (82 years ago) — Oliva and Elzire Dionne, poor farmers living in rural Ontario, became parents of the first quintuplets ever to survive past infancy. News of the birth spread fast, and the Dionne quintuplets became a pop-culture sensation. The provincial government of Ontario declared the parents unfit, and took custody of the five infant girls, who soon became the stars of a tourist trap called “Quintland,” where thousands of paying spectators every day watched them eat, sleep, and play in a specially built observation center. The quintuplets also generated millions of dollars through commercial endorsements and appearances in Hollywood films. When they were nine years old, their parents regained custody, and in their teenage years they were treated with extreme discipline and allegedly were sexually abused by their father. When they turned eighteen, the Dionne quintuplets severed connections with their parents. One entered a Catholic convent and died there of a seizure in 1954; another died of a blood clot in 1970. After their marriages ended in divorce, the three remaining sisters chose to live together quietly in a house near Montreal, breaking their public silence in a open letter to the parents of septuplets in 1997. “Our lives have been... read more

Episode 902

Comú Core

May 28 2016
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9:10 - Democracy advocate Kate Shea Baird explores the radical disobedience of Barcelona's BComú movement.

Kate wrote the essay The Disobedient City and the Stateless Nation for ROAR Magazine.

 

10:05 - Investigative journalist Steve Horn reports on the Clinton State Department's global fracking push.

Steve wrote the Intercept article Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal with Lee Fang.

 

10:35 - Lawpagandist Brian Foley explains how the American middle class got priced out of legal representation.

Brian will talk about what happens when legal advice becomes more necessary to everyday life, and more expensive than ever.

 

11:05 - Sociologist Robert Vargas connects gang violence in Chicago to a turf war between local politicians.

Robert is author of the new book Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio from University of Oxford Press.

 

12:05 - Journalist Matthieu Aikins explains how a hospital bombing reveals America's contradictory role in Afghanistan.

Matthieu's latest writing is Doctors With Enemies: Did Afghan Forces Target the M.S.F. Hospital? for New York Times Magazine.

 

12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen agrees: the best laid plans, et cetera!

We're still planning on calling him at 12:45PM Central though.

 

 

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Here is what Chuck is reading to prepare for Saturday's show:

The Disobedient City and the Stateless Nation - Kate Shea Baird [ROAR Magazine]

Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal - Steve Horn [The Intercept]

Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio - Robert Vargas [Oxford University Press]

Doctors With Enemies: Did Afghan Forces Target the M.S.F. Hospital? - Matthieu Aikins [New York Times Magazine]