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Episode 832


Jan 10 2015

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Marcy Wheeler

CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling's case puts state secrecy and retaliation on trial.

The prosecution of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is more about retaliation and ass covering than security or justice. Marcy Wheeler has been covering the political fallout of the Sterling case at her blog emptywheel.



Dave Buchen

Learn all about tropical life, sadness and rum by not reading this book.

You don’t need to read Tristes Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss to feel the ocean breeze, dodge rich people and drink the world’s greatest rum. Dave Buchen has it all figured out.



Rena Pederson

A portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, and a profile of Burmese resistance.

Aung San Suu Kyi is no longer a political prisoner, but Burma’s leadership still bars the path to a democratic reality. Writer Rena Pederson covers the story of Suu Kyi and Burma’s resistence movement in the new book The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for the Soul of a Nation.



Michelle Chen

The NYPD slowdown raises questions about public sector labor actions and inactions.

By ignoring minor offenses, New York police are inadvertently disproving dominant narratives about crime, safety and law enforcement, but raising questions about labor actions. Journalist Michelle Chen covers the story in her Nation blog piece Police Unions Don’t Serve the People. Can the Labor Movement Force Them To?



Brian Mier

Remembering the flood of cash and confusion in post-quake Haiti.

On the fifth anniversary of a disaster that killed hundreds of thousands of people, Brian Mier recalls his trip to the aftermath of post-quake, pre-aid Haiti.



Henry Giroux

Searching for radical democracy in the ruins of capitalism's economic depravity.

The future demands a new political consciousness. We can’t just wait for neoliberal economics to tear apart society and then build from scratch.

Cultural critic Henry Giroux published his thoughts in the Truthout analysis article Authoritarianism, Class Warfare and the Advance of Neoliberal Austerity Policies.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine



Jeff Dorchen

Fighting entropy with all the time and energy you have left.

Jeff Dorchen ignores the rules of space and time to reheat coffee and write a poem about the end of the universe.