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The Torch – 12.17.18

Alene Lee (1931–1991) was an African-American member of the Beat generation in New York City whose romantic relationship with Jack Kerouac was the central theme in his novel The Subterraneans. Kerouac used the pseudonym Mardou Fox for Lee. Her long relationship with writer and journalist Lucien Carr led Lee to pursue an anonymous life. Her daughter Christina Diamonte tells the story. The story of a woman whose 1 year …

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The Torch – Patricia Okoumou Immigrant Activist Tortured in France

  Patricia Okoumou Immigrant Activist Tortured in France On July 4th an African-American immigrant, Patricia Okoumou charmed New Yorkers when she scaled the foot of the Statue of Liberty to protest the Trump policy of separating children from their parents at the border with Mexico. After a3-hour low-stress confrontation with police Okoumou was arrested for trespassing, interfering with government agency …

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The Torch – 11.12.18

The Torch investigates how slavery built New York City. Lisandro Perez is a professor at John Jay College and the author of Sugar, Cigars and Revolution, The Making of Cuban New York. He says few knew the extent of connections between the island, then a colony of Spain and American mercantile interests. Especially a merchant named Moses Taylor one of …

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The Torch – 10.22.18

Aaron Leonard: author with Conor A. Gallagher of “A Threat of the First Magnitude”. Tells the untold story of the FBI informants who penetrated the upper reaches of organizations such as the Communist Party, USA, and the response by activists to such government surveillance and Cointelpro operations. Carmen Boullosa & Mike Wallace on the “Mexican Drug War.” Authors of A …

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The Torch – 10.16.18

A mini-documentary on how the middle east crisis is spiraling away from the control of the big power nations that are playing out a great game of power and control at the expense of million of lives. We discuss the crucial role of the United Nations with journalist Ian Williams and explore the relationship between Israel and United States at …

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The Torch – 10.01.18

Contradicting positions agreed by the United Nations in 2016, Donald Trump heralded a Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem as his first action at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. The document signed by 130 countries calls for increase enforcement and border controls to combat drugs. Returning to policies that had become anachronistic in recent years. The …

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The Torch – 09.19.18

Storm surge barriers threaten the very life of the Hudson River. Jessica Roff of Riverkeeper on the Army Corps of Engineers alternative plan for building $60 billion for a vast dam across the mouth of New York harbor from Brooklyn to New Jersey and across Long Island Sound. Public input has been a joke and the public doesn’t know what …

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The Torch – 08.06.18

Bandy Lee, MD is a clinical professor of law and psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. She organized a conference held at Yale University last year held to look into the mental health of President Trump. The conference led to publication of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President a book …

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The Torch – 07.23.18

Yatziri Tovar is a Dreamer and Media Specialist with Make the Road New York, the largest grassroots community organization in New York offering services and organizing the immigrant community. Joshua Green is an American journalist who writes primarily on United States politics. He is currently the senior national correspondent at Bloomberg Businessweek. He is author of Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, …

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The Torch – 07.16.18

Sam Menefee-Libey of the Dead City Legal Posse an organization supporting the J20 defendants. Spaeaking after prosecutors dropped the final 39 charges of the J20 defendants. Those were the last of 234 defendants charged with participation in the protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20th, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 20 pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and were fined …