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Law Professor Marjorie Cohn Talks About Obama’s Expanded Use of Armed Drones

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Marjorie Cohn, San Diego law professor and past president of the National Lawyers Guild, talks about her new book, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral and Geopolitical Issues. Continue reading Law Professor Marjorie Cohn Talks About Obama’s Expanded Use of Armed Drones

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Reporter Jason Leopold Talks About CIA Torture “Architect” James Mitchell, and What Is–and Isn’t–in Senate Report

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Jason Leopold is now reporting for Vice News, where he has scooped the mainstream media with video and text interviews of James Mitchell, the CIA contractor who admitted to Leopold that he was involved in waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Muhammed and Abu Zubaydeh.  We also talk about the limited scope of the Senate report, and important issues that were not covered. Continue reading Reporter Jason Leopold Talks About CIA Torture “Architect” James Mitchell, and What Is–and Isn’t–in Senate Report

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Update on Hearing for Former Alabama Governor Siegelman that Could Free Him on Bail

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Dana Siegelman, daughter of the former Alabama Governor, reports on today's hearing in Montgomery before a new judge.  And filmmaker Steve Wimberly joins us to detail his plans to make a documentary about the Siegelman case. Continue reading Update on Hearing for Former Alabama Governor Siegelman that Could Free Him on Bail

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Progressive Think Tanker Dave Johnson Asks: Is the Democratic Party Relevant Anymore?

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Following the mid-term elections, your humble host tagged the Democratic Party as "increasingly irrelevant".  In a recent article, Dave Johnson asks the question, and surveys recent progressive commentary. Continue reading Progressive Think Tanker Dave Johnson Asks: Is the Democratic Party Relevant Anymore?

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Green Chemistry Isn’t About Perfection, But Works to Reduce Toxic Chemicals

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Meet the "father of green chemistry", Dr. John C. Warner.  The former research head for Polaroid founded the Warner Babcock Institute and co-authored the book Green Chemistry.  He defines his vision, and notes that industry is way ahead of academia in embracing his principles. Continue reading Green Chemistry Isn’t About Perfection, But Works to Reduce Toxic Chemicals

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Globetrotting Journalist Pepe Escobar on His New Book, “Empire of Chaos”, plus: Endless Afghan War, Hagel’s Exit, Beghazi Report and More


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Pepe Escobar returns to talk about his great new book, and recent developments in world affairs, from Afghanistan to Syria, the firing of Pentagon boss Chuck Hagel, and the GOP Beghazi report that made him laugh out loud. Continue reading Globetrotting Journalist Pepe Escobar on His New Book, “Empire of Chaos”, plus: Endless Afghan War, Hagel’s Exit, Beghazi Report and More

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Re-Thinking Prisons and Incarceration with Truthout Editor Maya Schenwar


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Maya Schenwar, editor-in-chief of Truthout.org, talks about her new book about America's prisons, Locked Down, Locked Out. Continue reading Re-Thinking Prisons and Incarceration with Truthout Editor Maya Schenwar

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Enviro-journalist Mark Schapiro Sleuths the Impact of Climate Change and the Cost of Carbon


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Veteran environmental journalist Mark Schapiro talks about his new book, Carbon Shock and comments on Obama's emissions deal with China, Keystone and related issues. Continue reading Enviro-journalist Mark Schapiro Sleuths the Impact of Climate Change and the Cost of Carbon

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Ray McGovern Recounts Being Barred from Petraeus Event, Suspects Surveillance


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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern shares his account of being denied entry to a New York event where David Petraeus was speaking, as he was arrested and roughed up by police, and suspects the spooks were alerted by intercepted email. Continue reading Ray McGovern Recounts Being Barred from Petraeus Event, Suspects Surveillance

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Incisive Commentary on Israel/Palestine with Former UN Official Richard Falk and Israeli Journalist Ofra Yeshua-Lyth


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Richard Falk served as UN Rapporteur for Palestine 2008-2014, and Ofra Yeshua-Lyth is an Israeli journalist. They join me for this in-depth discussion on the current situation and recent events in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Continue reading Incisive Commentary on Israel/Palestine with Former UN Official Richard Falk and Israeli Journalist Ofra Yeshua-Lyth