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Investigative Reporter Jason Leopold Recaps Big Stories on Fight Over Torture Report, Guantanamo Murders, more

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Jason Leopold of VICE News is back to recap his big recent stories on GOP moves to block release of torture report and Panetta review; Joseph Hickman's account of the deaths of 3 Gitmo prisoners, and more.   Continue reading Investigative Reporter Jason Leopold Recaps Big Stories on Fight Over Torture Report, Guantanamo Murders, more

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Former Tucson Teacher Curtis Acosta Describes Appeals Hearing on Arizona Law that Banned Minority Studies

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Curtis Acosta is a gifted teacher whose Latino studies program was banned by an Arizona state law, which is being challenged in federal court.  He was in San Francisco for oral arguments before the US Court of Appeal for the 9th Circuit, and in this conversation, he provides the history of the case.  We also hear part of the argument presented by esteemed law professor Erwin Chemerinsky. Continue reading Former Tucson Teacher Curtis Acosta Describes Appeals Hearing on Arizona Law that Banned Minority Studies

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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