In light of the historic California drought and a global water crisis, Peter and Mickey devote this week's program to a look at water issues. First, investigative journalists Katharine Mieskowski and Lance Willliams explain how some water usage data is being kept away from journalists and the public. Then spoken-word artist Nick George offers a poem about water, power and money. In the second half of the program, Project Censored researcher Steven Feher shares what he's uncovered about ground water contamination from fracking. Finally, author Kirk Hylan explores the possible benefits of advanced desalination technology.
Following a nonfatal outbreak of measles that began at Disneyland, the California Legislature is debating a bill (SB 277) to outlaw parental choice about childhood vaccinations. The bill would include the measles vaccine, as well as nine others.
Today's guests support vaccinations, but oppose making them compulsory; they discuss the issues involved from a variety of perspectives, including law, civil rights, and medical ethics. Caitlyn Obolsky and Robert Krakow are attorneys; Elliot Cohen teaches ethics at Florida State University Medical School; Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative journalist; Lori Martin Gregory is editor of the Mom Street Journal.
Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips present a theme on the Risks of Global War— US State Department Propaganda and the US/NATO agenda: They interview Author/activist Steve Lendman about his book Flashpoints in Ukraine and how the US Drive for Hegemony risks World Wart III . Additionally, they talk with Eric Draitser regarding the how the civil war in Syria is now turning into a much larger regional war. Eric Draitser teaches at Hunter College, and is the founder of www.stopimperialism.org
Peter Phillips interviews Nick Turse, who speaks about the largely unseen role US forces are playing in Africa, with a special focus on the civil war in South Sudan. Then Dana Frank and Mark Sullivan discuss the US-backed Honduran government's program of free-market "model cities" (ZEDEs), in which corporate control will supersede the rights of Honduran citizens.
Nick Turse is the author of "Tomorrow's Battlefield: US Proxy Wars and Special Ops in Africa." Dana Frank teaches history at the University of California. Mark Sullivan is an environmental attorney and human rights advocate.
Co-hosts Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff speak with four guests taking part in the "What's Possibl" conference in San Francisco the weekend of May 30-31.Steven Jay is the organizer of the conference, Barry Dyke is the author of "Pirates of Manhattan." Sarah van Gelder is editor-in-chief of Yes Magazine; Ken Burrows teaches Holistic Health at San Francisco State University.
Noted author and historian Michael Parenti joins Peter and Mickey in the studio to discuss his latest book, "Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies." Later in the program, we hear excerpts from a 2012 Parenti speech on "The One Percent Pathology and the Myths of Capitalism”
Historian Peter Kuznick joins the program to speak about vital historical information that often isn't taught in US schools, such as the massive death toll of the Vietnam War, or the predominant role of the USSR in the defeat of the Axis powers in World War II. Peter Kuznick teaches history at American University; he's co-author of "Untold History of the United States," and co-producer (with Oliver Stone) of the Untold History cable-TV series. The program concludes with audio excerpts from the Untold History TV series.
Consumer advocate and political reformer Ralph Nader speaks with Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff about his latest book "Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President 2001-2015;" the conversation covers topics from trade treaties and Democratic presidential candidates, to Gaza, Israel and AIPAC. In the second half of the program, we hear excerpts from a 2014 Nader speech, where he explored the idea of a left-right alliance against the corporate domination of government.
This May Day program begins with musicologist TM Scruggs sharing some of the best-known labor and revolutionary ballads. Then Santa Rosa, Calif. organizer Luis Santoyo explains some of the May Day actions taking place in his city. Geoff Davidian of the Real News Network discusses the rights of citizens to film police. Finally, a look at the 45th anniversary of the Kent State shootings. Joseph Lewis was shot and wounded that day; Laurel Krause lost her sister to the National Guard's gunfire.
This week's program offers two perspectives on global capitalism and permanent war. Sociologist William Robinson makes the case that the present state of capitalism may be a "systemic crisis," something not seen in centuries. Then peace advocate Kathy Kelly relates her experiences, from Afghanistan to US prisons, and refutes the notion of"humanitarian war."
William Robinson teaches Sociology at UC Santa Barbara. Kathy Kelly is the founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.